Book Review: Comfort Food Makeovers – America’s Test Kitchen [TSS]

Title: Comfort Food Makeovers
Author: America’s Test Kitchen
ISBN: 9781936493425
Pages: 336
Release Date: March 1, 2013
Publisher: Cook’s Illustrated
Genre: Cookbook
Source: Amazon Vine
Rating: 4 out of 5

Review:

I don’t make much “comfort food” at home because, well, it’s unhealthy. I don’t relish using a stick of butter to make a meal or frying chicken in a vat of oil. So when I first heard about America’s Test Kitchen’s cookbook Comfort Food Makeovers, I was intrigued. America’s Test Kitchen has proven time and again that they provide simple recipes that result in delicious food, and the fact that these were lower in fat was a great bonus.

The cookbook is presented in the standard America’s Test Kitchen format: paperback, with some pictures. Each recipe is preceded by a story about the creation of the recipe, and most include tips and hints. They also include calorie counts, which those watching their weight will appreciate The cookbook is divided into the following sections: Appetizers and Snacks; Salads, Sandwiches, and Pizza; The Soup Bowl; Classic Casseroles; Baked Not Fried; A Chicken in Every Pot; Favorites from Land and Sea; Pasta Night; On the Side; Breakfast and Brunch; Chocolate Desserts; Cookies and Bars; and More Sweet Treats. If you love to eat, then you’ll absolutely find at least one (if not many) recipes you want to try in these pages.

I tried the recipe for Turkey Tacos. While this may seem overly simple, turkey tacos are difficult to do well. Ground turkey doesn’t always cut it in favor of ground beef, especially not in a taco where the meat is front and center. The recipe was simple and easy, and I was delighted to find that the meal was absolutely and completely delicious. It was actually healthy while it left me wanting more! The sauce the turkey is cooked with is thick, so it coats the turkey completely and didn’t make me feel like anything was missing.

While this isn’t a cookbook I’ll be using every day, simply because much of the food in it is heavier than what we prefer to eat on a daily basis, this will definitely be a go-to cookbook when I’m in the mood for a comforting meal. I’ve already marked several recipes I want to try; as always, America’s Test Kitchen delivers healthy, yet delicious, recipes that are simple to make and wonderful overall.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for this review. I was curious about it because I’m such an ATK fan. But, like you, I’m just not sure I’d use it often. Yet . . . when I do want comfort food, a more healthful version would certainly be welcome.

  2. Thanks for this review. I was curious about it because I’m such an ATK fan. But, like you, I’m just not sure I’d use it often. Yet . . . when I do want comfort food, a more healthful version would certainly be welcome.

  3. I suspect my husband would really enjoy this book. He’s become a remarkably good cook and he’s always loved certain comfort foods.

  4. I suspect my husband would really enjoy this book. He’s become a remarkably good cook and he’s always loved certain comfort foods.

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