One of the perks of subscribing to cooking magazines and websites is that they will send out a special edition from time to time containing their favorite recipes. This compilation from Cook’s Illustrated, entitled Cook’s Illustrated Recipe of the Year 1993 – 2015, is a very nice collection of their “best ever” recipes. I am not sure that all of these preparations are recipe of the year caliber (Oven-Fried Bacon?) but this is a very nice collection of dishes – I am especially fond of the Turtle Brownies, and the Classic Pot Roast.
I sometimes yell at Cook’s Illustrated‘s magazine and website because they and their closely related companion magazines and websites (America’s Test Kitchen, Cook’s Country), along with their PBS television show constitute a confusing jumble of information, most of which is locked behind IDs and passwords that you must pay for in order to gain access. I get it, they are a not-for-profit company that does not accept advertising and they need revenue in order to operate. But it can be frustrating to navigate their many functions. That said, as the enterprise that month after month perfects home cooked recipes that you did not think could be improved upon, they are second to none. They are also one of my favorite cooking equipment testers and I own a good deal of equipment due to their recommendation. As a blogger I feel that I need to stay in touch with the major publications – in this case I subscribe to the hard copy Cook’s Illustrated, and subscribe to their all-included website deal. Expensive? Perhaps, but I find that I read more of their content month-to-month than any other publication.
Here’s a PDF copy of Cooks Illustrated 1993-2015_RecipeOfTheYear for your cooking enjoyment. Let me know if you tried a recipe and if so how did it come out?