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The Best Make-Ahead Recipe [Hardcover]

By Cook's Illustrated Magazine (Editor), Daniel J. Van Ackere (Photographer) & John Burgoyne (Illustrator)
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Features over three hundred recipes for pre-prepared meals that can save time later, including dishes such as casseroles and desserts.

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Coming home to a refrigerator stocked with ready-to-heat meals is everyone's dream, but in reality make-ahead recipes often fall short: soggy breaded chicken, gluey mashed potatoes, and dry, dense casseroles are more the norm. In The Best Make-Ahead Recipe, America's Test Kitchen, acclaimed for developing the very best recipes through their rigorous testing process, focuses on uncovering the secrets behind truly great make-ahead cooking. From oven-ready stuffed chicken breasts and rolled and stuffed flank steak to cheesy baked ziti and tamale pie, the test kitchen shows you step by step how to prepare make ahead recipes so that they taste fresh and flavorful. The test kitchen also expands on the make-ahead concept to include double duty cooking, which allows you to cook one big meal and use the leftovers to get in a head start into creating an entirely new second meal. And because everyone can use a little-make-ahead help when entertaining, the test kitchen provides flavorful, foolproof make-ahead recipes for appetizers and desserts. Holiday entertaining is especially conducive to the make-ahead concept and the test kitchen devotes a special chapter to show you how to get things under control, so that your day runs smoothly. With recipes, menus, shopping lists, and detailed time-lines, you'll be fully equipped to pull off that special meal. Throughout The Best Make-Ahead Recipe, you'll find instructions on scaling recipes up or down to suit your family's needs. Helpful features such as testing notes and test kitchen tips highlight key findings in our testing process and will help you become a better cook. Ingredient and equipment ratings are sprinkled throughout, so you'll spend your money wisely and with best results. A lifesaver for busy families and anyone who likes to entertain, The Best Make-Ahead Recipe will give you the recipes, tips, and techniques to plan and cook ahead - whether you are hosting a dinner party or just trying to put fresh food on the table night after night.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   435
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 8.5" Height: 11"
Weight:   3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 15, 2007
Publisher   America's Test Kitchen
ISBN  1933615141  
ISBN13  9781933615141  

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More About Cook's Illustrated Magazine , Daniel J. Van Ackere & John Burgoyne

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! This book has been tested, written, and edited by the test cooks, editors, food scientists, tasters, and cookware specialists at America s Test Kitchen, a 2,500-square-foot kitchen located just outside Boston. It is the home ofCook s Illustratedmagazine andCook s Countrymagazine, the public television cooking showsAmerica s Test KitchenandCook s Country from America s Test Kitchen, America s Test Kitchen Radio, and the online America s Test Kitchen Cooking School."

Cook's Illustrated Magazine currently resides in Boston, in the state of Massachusetts.

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Make your life a little bit easier.  Feb 8, 2008
It was so interesting the trial and error of each recipe. They make suggestions why you use one product over another when you refrigerate or freeze your food. Great information regarding kitchen gadgets as well. I have several recipes marked to whip up and have made several things already. Some I didn't care for and others where very time consuming. The manicotti recipe is great fresh or from the freezer. It was hard to tell the difference between the two. I can't wait to make the chocolate molten cakes and the apple turnovers. You can freeze both of these and have them ready for company.
The roasted chicken filled my kitchen with heavenly smells yesterday and it tasted yummy. So tender and juicy!
Fabulous Cookbook From A Cookbook Collecter  Sep 13, 2007
I have well over 200 cookbooks. I purchased this cookbook because I love cookbooks of course and I love the publication Cook's. If you have to have color photographs this book is not for you. But it is so well illustrated in black and white that you cannot miss a trick with it.
Very well illustrated and a great reference book. I would suggest all in the series for a beginner cook too. I LOVE it. I can honestly say that I do not have a cookbook in this catagory. It is truly worth the money and should be in every cooks library.

easy to understand directions  Sep 7, 2007
they actually tell you how to make things not try to make them more complecated than they need to be. easy to understand.great product.The America's Test Kitchen Cookbook
Do You Own "Cover & Bake?"  Aug 26, 2007
If you don't own "Cover & Bake," this a five-star book; skip down to "Here's What I Like ..."

I think this may be the lowest rating I've ever given to a CI book (I own seven in the Best series and a handful of others.) If you own "Cover & Bake," you have many of the recipes in this book, hence the low rating.

Some of the shared recipes include:
Slow Cooker Favorites (5 of the 17 are shared with C&B)
-Pot Roast
-Beef Stew
-Beef & Barley Soup

Sides (There are two shared recipes)

Casseroles (There are more variations of the recipes in this book) both books share:
-Baked Ziti
-Mac & Cheese
-Chicken Enchiladas
-Chicken Pot Pie
-Beef Pot Pie
-Tamale Pie
-Shepherd's Pie
Lamb & Eggplant Moussaka
-Chicken & Rice Casserole

Breakfast & Breads (only the bread recipes are unique to this book. What irks me is that the same photo is used for the start of the breakfast chapters in each book.) Shared recipes are:
-24-Hour Omelet
-French Toast Casserole
-Breakfast Strata

Here is what I like about the book
-TOC in each chapter
-The Double-Duty Cooking Chapter is great -- cook a little extra now for tomorrow's dish that won't taste like leftovers
-All of the stews and the majority of the casseroles can be made ahead and frozen. Outside of those categories, you'll find maybe 10 additional recipes that can be frozen.
-Make-Ahead Holiday Menus

If you don't have "Cover & Bake" get this book. When reviewed in isolation, it is a five-star book. If you're deciding which to choose, this book has a range of recipes across appetizers, sides, main courses and desserts. If you're looking for a complete make-ahead meal, this book is the way to go.

An exceptional purchase any public library or busy cook must have.  Jul 26, 2007
Busy cooks who want to prepare meals ahead have plenty of cookbooks to choose from, but the advantage to The Best Make-Ahead Recipe is that all these dishes are fail-safe and have been tested by the professionals. Another advantage: chapters are divided by cooking method, from 'Open-Ready Entrees' to 'Slow-Cooker Favorites' and 'Baked Goods That Go From Freezer to Oven'. Some 300 recipes suitable for entertaining or daily meals are presented with accompanying color photos: all have been streamlined with the busy cook in mind. An exceptional purchase any public library or busy cook must have.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch

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