The Kitchen Detective: A Culinary Sleuth Solves Common Cooking Mysteries with 125 Foolproof Recipes by Christopher Kimball

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  • Light, rich cheesecake

    • IvyManning on July 10, 2018

      This has barely any crust. Not good. :(

  • Four-minute chicken cutlets

    • jbuchman on July 10, 2017

      One of the best quick weeknight dinners ever. Easy and delicious.

  • Chicken salad with tarragon and grapes

    • jbuchman on July 10, 2017

      Best chicken salad we've ever made. Can multiply the recipe for a crowd.

  • Pantry pasta sauce with tuna, olives, and capers

    • Wlow on December 11, 2014

      Did use tuna packed in oil, which seemed fine, but worth trying packed in water as advised. Used less olives, since had very strongly flavored ones. Sauce made a tasty crostini topping as well, though crumbly.

    • Wlow on November 04, 2018

      Tried with really good tuna in water (Wild Planet Albacore, no salt added) and smaller amount of strongly flavored local green olives with some of the seasoned olive oil they were packed in. First time I made this dish neither child interested, but now 4 years later, N made it with me and really liked it. Did not add salt with tuna as directed but it did need it later, especially with unsalted tuna. Added heirloom tomato at table for both of us, and I had cooked green beans on the side. Gemelli for pasta choice was perfect.

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  • ISBN 10 0936184701
  • ISBN 13 9780936184708
  • Published Jul 01 2005
  • Format Hardcover
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Cook's Illustrated
  • Imprint Cook's Illustrated

Publishers Text

Christopher Kimball, founder and Editor of Cook's Illustrated and host of America's Test Kitchen, is the author of the popular newspaper column, The Kitchen Detective, appearing in 27 newspapers across the U.S. Each week the Kitchen Detective solves culinary mysteries by testing recipes and cooking techniques and then explaining the how's and why's of the recipe development process. This book offers the Kitchen Detective's best culinary cases - with 125 foolproof recipes for everything from braised short ribs and coca cola chicken to pumpkin cheesecake and perfect pancakes. In addition to the recipes, entertaining essays explain how the Kitchen Detective cracked the case, 50 sidebars share his tried-and-true tips, cookware recommendations, and ingredient preferences, and 100 black-and-white photographs highlight some of his most intriguing findings. None of the recipes in The Kitchen Detective have appeared before in Cook's Illustrated magazine or cookbooks.

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