July 2010

The Best of America's Test Kitchen 2007

Apparently America's Test Kitchen puts out one of these books every year.  I have to admit, I'm surprised!  The volume of work that clearly went into producing this book must have been staggering.  

Although admittedly it seems that the book itself is just cherry-picked awesome stuff from the Test Kitchen Empire.  According to the back of the book this includes eight different books produced during the year, plus a television show.  

So in theory, if you are consuming all that other Test Kitchen stuff, everything in this book would probably be old hat by now.  But if, like me, you have only the vaguest recollection of having heard the phrase "America's Test Kitchen," then you will be delighted by this book.  DELIGHTED I TELL YOU.

Jane Donovan, "Essentials: Egg"

If you, like me, own your own chickens, then you are already sitting up a little bit straighter in your chair to learn that there is an "all eggs, all the time" cookbook.  Recipes just about eggs!  Seriously, I am only one person, and I'm getting four eggs a day this time of year.  And some morning the thought of Yet Another Homemade Egg McMuffin turns my stomach.

This is part of a series which also includes Chocolate and Tomato.  I am mildly intrigued by the thought of single-ingredient cookbooks.  As someone who is definitely not super-accomplished in the kitchen, I like the idea of walking through an exploration of all the different things you can do with a singe ingredient.