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. @cooksillustrated

A large Dutch oven full of shrimp, mussels, red peppers, peas, lemon slices, parsley, bay leaves, and onion with a serving spoon.

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.

Two steak tacos on a wooden board with lime wedges, onion, and cilantro scattered around.

Steak Tacos

Finally a steak taco recipe that let’s you determine whether you want it with a little or a lotta heat. Just how much is entirely up to you.

A layered German chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting on a platter with a few slices cut from it.

German Chocolate Cake

Dark chocolate cake stacked high and smothered with gooey caramel and coconut and pecans? Don’t mind if we do.

A plate with five baguette slices, a knife, and white bowl filled with fresh cod brandade, garnished with parsley.

Fresh Cod Brandade

Fresh cod is poached in an herby milk-cream mixture and gently folded into mashed potatoes. It makes a perfect spread for garlic toasts.

A cast-iron skillet filled with glazed biscuit cinnamon rolls on a wire rack.

Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls

When you want the taste of cinnamon rolls but don’t have the time (or yeast!), enter these shortcut lovelies laced with spice and lavished with cream cheese icing.

A broken slice of banana bread stacked on a white plate

Banana Bread

A superlative version of the classic American quick bread that everyone loves. And that everyone pretty much always has the ingredients for on hand.

A sliced beef braised in Barolo, garnished with thyme sprigs, on a bed of mashed potatoes.

Beef Braised in Barolo

Cold outside? Baby, come inside where there’s beef slowly braising in a heady mix of Italian red wine, garlic, tomatoes, thyme, and rosemary.

Ylelow plate with four lemon bars sprinkled with powdered sugar, one with a bite take out of it

Lemon Bars

Tart and sweet, silken and crumbly, these easy lemon bars have a sweet cookie crust, a tart lemon filling, and a dusting of confectioners’ sugar. A classic, perfected.