About Cook's Illustrated

Cook's Illustrated

Launched in 1980, Cook's Illustrated is a cooking magazine from the same folks behind America's Test Kitchen. Dedicated to finding the best methods for preparing foolproof home-cooked meals, the publication has three dozen full-time test cooks whose 9 to 5 job (well maybe 7 to 6 on baking days) is testing and retesting recipes 20, 30, sometimes 50 times. The editors also offer ratings and reviews of cookware, kitchen equipment, supermarket ingredients, and kitchen staples.

Banana Bread Recipe

This easy banana bread recipe is an easy quick bread the whole family will love. It makes great muffins, too.

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  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 53

Fastest Cinnamon Buns

Soft, warm sweet buns are riddled with cinnamon and drizzled with luscious cream cheese-buttermilk glaze for extra enjoyment at breakfast.

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  • 40 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 3

Steak Tacos

For these steak tacos, flank steak is marinated in a spicy sauce then seared medium-rare. The steak and garnishes are piled on tortillas to make tacos.

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  • 40 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 2

Warm Cabbage Salad with Crispy Tofu

Napa cabbage, carrots, peanuts, scallions, and herbs are tossed with seared tofu and drizzled with an Asian garlic-chile sauce. A tofu lover’s salad.

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  • 45 M
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  • 1

Lemon Soufflé

Forget souffle dishes. This recipe for lemon souffle is made in a nonstick skillet. Serve the lemon souffle right from the pan at the table. Simple.

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  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • 2

Beef Braised in Barolo

Cold outside? Try slowly braising boneless beef chuck and pancetta in a heady mix of Barolo wine, garlic, tomatoes, thyme, and rosemary.

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  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 5 H, 10 M
  • 4

Skillet-Roasted Pears with Caramel Sauce

Sometimes the trickiest thing about a recipe is not doing anything—except, that is, exhibiting patience.

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  • 30 M
  • 50 M
  • 0

Paella

Paella, the classic Spanish dish, is given the full treatment here. You don’t need a paella pan to make this paella recipe, either. A Dutch oven will do.

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  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 11

German Chocolate Cake

A dark, bittersweet chocolate cake is layered with a caramel-y filling of coconut and chopped pecans and stacked tall for a dessert to impress guests.

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  • 1 H
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 23

Barbecued Baby Back Ribs

The recipe for these barbecued baby back ribs calls for the ribs to first be brined, then massaged with a spice rub, and slowly barbecued.

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  • 45 M
  • 5 H, 45 M
  • 0

Grilled Tuna Steaks with Spiced Vinaigrette

Grilled tuna steaks are cooked medium-rare and served with watercress and parsely. The vinaigrette dressing packs flavor and punches up the grilled tuna.

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  • 30 M
  • 40 M
  • 0

Pork Chops with Vinegar and Sweet Peppers

These pork chops with vinegar and sweet peppers are juicy because they’re brined. Bell peppers add sweetness to the pork chops, while vinegar adds tang.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 0

Ricotta Calzones with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

This bundle of doughy goodness, sorta like a slice of pizza that’s flopped to form a pocket, marries sausage, broccoli rabe, and ricotta cheese.

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  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 3 H
  • 0

Lemon Bars

Tart, sweet, and tangy, these lemon bars have a cookie crust and light dusting of powder sugar for a perfect balance of flavors.

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  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 8
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