'Cook's Illustrated' on Serious Eats

Video: "I'm Making Cook's Illustrated Beef Stew! (Prep Time: 29 Hours)"

As a former employee of Cook's Illustrated, the notoriously detail-obsessed, recipe-based cooking magazine run by the gloriously anal-retentive Chris Kimball, I'm always a bit tickled when someone has a bit of fun poking them in the ribs. I mean, I'm still a huge admirer of the magazine and enjoyed every second of working there, but let's face it: They're really, really easy to parodize. More

Cook's Illustrated Thin-Crust Pizza

There's a recipe for thin-crust pizza in the latest issue of Cook's Illustrated (January/February 2011). In it, Andrew Janjigian (whose name you might recognize from a couple reviews on Slice) tackles the process of getting a good crust and flavorful sauce in a standard home kitchen. For those of you with Cook's Illustrated digital subscriptions, well, the recipe isn't up on the site yet, but there's a teaser video on the site's homepage. You can see that Andrew is using a food processor to start the dough, with a bit of post-processor kneading. He calls for a 1- to 3-day... More

Deep Dish Pizza à la 'Cook's Illustrated'

[Photographs: Adam Kuban] I've had the January/February 2010 issue of Cook's Illustrated sitting in my to-do stack of crap since it came out. In it, a recipe for deep dish pizza. (You can find that recipe here, though it's behind a paywall. Sorry! Oh, or try this website, which has it: http://thirtyaweek.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/deep-dish-pizza-recipe) With some free time last Saturday, I set about making the stuff. Above is one of my finished pies (the recipe makes two 9-inch-round pizzas). Since all the junk is in the proverbial trunk, i.e., you can't see nothin' but sauce, I'll tell you that this one... More

Video: Making Maple Syrup at Christopher Kimball's Farm in Vermont

March means sugaring season in Vermont. After a series of warm days and freezing nights, it's time to tap those trees and begin the maple syrup-making process. Cook's Illustrated editor Christopher Kimball hopped on his four-wheeler through his farm, Two Pigs Farm, to retrieve sap from his maple trees and "sugar," or boil down the liquid. This video is not only informative but set to his bluegrass band's cover of the Grateful Dead hit Eyes of The World. More

Dinner Tonight: Chicken Parmesan

Most of my chicken parmesan experiences have been bad ones. You probably know where this is headed—the oversized portions of heavily breaded chicken topped with boring tomato sauces and layer upon layer of greasy cheese. But this recipe is well-proportioned, light on the grease, and clean in flavor. It's easily the best chicken parmesan I've ever had. More

Turkey Talk: Cook's Illustrated's Chris Kimball

Every Thanksgiving we check in with food magazine editors around the country to see how they have gone about putting together their Thanksgiving issues. The reductive and obsessive Chris Kimball, founding editor and publisher of Cook's Illustrated and host of America's Test Kitchen, is always refreshingly honest and forthcoming. "I am not in favor of green vegetables. I'm a white, tan, and orange food guy." Your subhead on the pumpkin pie piece in the magazine is fighting words in some quarters: "The best thing about pumpkin pie is that you only have to eat it once a year." Once in awhile we do back and do something again if we learn something about it in the interim. I made our... More

A Good Egg

No surprise, Cook's Illustrated finds farm fresh eggs are tastier than standard supermarket eggs. If you can't farm fresh, organic eggs are the next best thing and "worth the premium." [via Baking Bites]... More

Cook’s Illustrated Wants You and Your Spatula

If your new year’s resolution doesn’t involve starving yourself or 100-cal packs, then get over here. Cook’s Illustrated is looking for another year’s line-up of recipe testers. Not a bad thing to have on your resume, eh? But as they warn, seasonal recipes are tested about six months in advance. That means you could be baking heavy casseroles in July or strawberry shortcakes in December.... More

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