Cook’s Illustrated’s “The Best Light Recipe”

As a self-professed serious cook, I tend to find recipes anywhere and everywhere; online, cookbooks, cooking magazines, or newspapers. Very often, something sounds great, and I rush out to buy ingredients, spend hours cooking, only to be disappointed again and again.

Even a lot of cookbooks have somewhat inconsistent results, but there are some that produce delicious and simple meals every time. What am talking about you wonder?

Why, the cookbooks from Cook’s Illustrated Magazine, of course. I have several of these, and “TheĀ  Best Light Recipe” has become one of my favorites. Each recipe I have tried in this book has been a total success. Not just 9 out of 10, but 10 out of 10. Every. One.

I love these books because they are great for beginners and experts alike. The explanations and instructions don’t treat new cooks like they are idiots, yet they aren’t so overly simple that an experienced Chef would look at them and go “Well, duh!”. They’re the perfect in between.

There are recipes for classic American dishes such as Lasagna or macaroni and cheese, as well as a section just on stir-fries. And they all come out perfect, every time.

Warning: This is a healthier food cookbook but maybe not the healthiest, nor one that promises you’ll have a meal on the table in 20 minutes. These are tried and true authentic recipes for those who like to cook, and want to be able to make consistently good dishes over and over without fail.

A cookbook will not make you a fabulous Chef, and recipes alone do not create great meals. I will still search everywhere I can for recipes, but if I know I need something that is going to be great, all of Cook’s Illustrated books are a surefire way to achieve that.

What’s one of your favorite cook books?


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