The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen Cookbook: Essential Recipes for Every Home Cook Ring-bound – Oct 4 2011
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"[A]n ideal gift for a young or emerging home cook." --Publishers Weekly
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Recipes included are; appetizers and salads, soups and stews, chicken and poultry, beef, pork, veal, and lamb, fish and seafood, pasta and noodles, grains, rice and beans, grilling, casseroles and one pot meals, weeknight meals, meatless, breakfast and brunch, cookies and brownies, cakes, pies and puddings.
There are pages in the beginning with general information such as kitchen equipment and brief sections on how to set a table and dinner parties. Icons are included for 30 minutes or less, heart healthy, low calorie, make ahead, slow cooker. Pictures are included with most recipes, charts give volume and metric equivalents, food substitutions, equivalents and storage information, there is also an index.
My main complaint with the book is its construction. For a company that says it tests everything and gives a seal of approval, they sure slipped up here. When I received the book it had already broken out of one of its brackets, they are very small and will definitely not hold. The rings for the binder pages catch on the pages and tend to tear the pages when you turn them and there are gouges where the rings pop open and damage the inside cover...what a disappointment, no matter how good the recipes are - they really aren't much different from other cookbooks anyway.
Of the recipes I tried both were over cooked, under seasoned and just plain blah. I have one of the original Good House Keeping books from my grandmother. Those recipes are great.
But this book falls flat. Did anyone actually cook these recipes before publication? I cannot imagine that each and every recipe was tested before it went to print. Such a travesty. You would be better off googling a recipe than use one from this publication.
I had such high hopes based on the original book. But this only offers gimmicks like QR codes which I thought would offer more on technique. Sadly not.