Jack Bishop road tests groundbreaking idea of 'healthy family' cooking
The Editorial Director of the popular PBS network program America's Test Kitchen Jack Bishop joined cookbook authors Linda Gassenheimer and Joan Nathan at the 2010 Miami Book Fair International, where he tested the latest groundbreaking cookbook idea from America's Test Kitchen--a book of over 800 recipes for healthy, yet tasty, home-cooked family meals. After a brief description of the America's Test Kitchen organization, methods, and equipment, Bishop expounded on the primary goal of America's Test Kitchen, which is to create tasty, fool proof recipes by testing every aspect of making the recipe, sometimes as often as 100 times, by their professional staff, and then sending the recipes to readers of their magazines, Cook's Illustrated, Cook's Country, and Entertaining from Cook's Illustrated, for road-testing by cooks at home. Commenting that sometimes the home testers take liberties with the recipes, like substituting fish when the recipe calls for chicken, Bishop read a letter from one home tester's flying pork loin road test involving a woman in her nightgown and hiking boots, a truck, a spear and a surprised UPS delivery man. In addition to testing recipes, Bishop pointed out that the kitchen also tests equipment and ingredients. Bishop then introduced the new book, The America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook (America's Test Kitchen; October, 2010), arguing that healthy life begins with home cooking, where, unlike restaurants, you know every ingredient used in the food you eat.
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