Complete America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook {giveaway} – Back to School (Cook) Books!

America's Test Kitchen cookbook

This giveaway entry period is now closed, but feel free to comment anyway! Also, make sure you enter the other open giveaways!

So even though it’s not technically fall yet, we are officially in back-to-school season, unless you’re on the quarter system and start in October, which never made sense to us…


Along with bus schedules, backpacks and Trapper Keepers (wait, do they still make those?!), there are books for back-to-school.

In our case, of course, cookbooks.

We have a shelf full of cookbooks that we’ve been reading and reviewing over the last few months, a sort of Summer Reading List, if you will. Some of them good, some of them great and a few that are, well, let’s just say that we won’t say anything about them and keep those stored in the TasteSpotting garage.

The good ones, though? We’re giving away! Starting with what could be considered a reference text, The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook.

If you know anything about America’s Test Kitchen, you know that this book isn’t about getting a fast and easy meal on the table for busy people, it isn’t about hunting down exotic erotic recipes from far-away places, and it isn’t about one ingredient cooked 150 different ways.

The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook focuses its 700+ photo-filled pages on the basics of real home cooking (not that any of the above isn’t real home cooking!). They test recipes time and time and time again until they figure out every possible way a dish could go wrong, then explain what and why works for things like roast chicken, macaroni and cheese, and chocolate cake. Once you understand why something works, you know how to change things up when you make it again. And because “American” food is a lot of things, there are chapters on Italian American foods, French foods, Tex-Mex, “Diner foods,” copying classic “Chinese take-out” dishes and of course, barbecue. There are also kitchen tips, tricks, and little snippets behind the scenes of the America’s Test Kitchen TV show.

As a good reference foundation to which you’ll return over and over again, The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook is kind of like Homeroom in TasteSpotting School.

How to Enter this Cookbook Giveaway

  1. Since we’re Back to School, tell us which subject in school is your favorite! Chemistry? Reading? History? Recess?!?! It doesn’t matter what you say, as this is a random drawing, but it does matter that you do comment with something.
  2. Make sure to enter your email address in the box provided so we can contact you
  3. Share this giveaway post with your friends on facebook and twitter! (not required, but we’d love the help!)

You have until Wednesday September12, 2012 at 5 PM PST to comment. Everyone is welcome to comment to enter, but we can only ship this stuff in the U.S. (So if you’re outside the US and win, you just need to provide us with a US mailing address to send!)

Good luck!

(And by the way, in case anyone is wondering, my favorite subject in school was biology!)

by Sarah J. Gim on September 10, 2012 · 535 comments

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