Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook Launch Party

When I think of Cook’s Illustrated, I think classic, foolproof, a part of every home cook’s kitchen, an American institution. For 20 years, Cook’s Illustrated has helped many people learn to cook, and I was delighted to be invited to America’s Test Kitchen to celebrate the launch of the Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook: 2,000 Recipes from 20 Years of America’s Most Trusted Food Magazine. Unlike many other area bloggers, I had never been to America’s Test Kitchen, though I had seen it on TV and online. I was excited that my health had started to improve and I could make the trek to Brookline. I was especially excited that my appetite came back.

Cook's Illustrated

When I arrived, I got to meet some of the America’s Test Kitchen staff, and my friend Megan gave me a little tour.

America's Test Kitchen

The kitchen is, as you would expect, large and super clean.

America's Test Kitchen

And incredibly well-stocked with Kitchenaid, Le Creuset, and other drool-worthy items. It was every cook’s dream.

America's Test Kitchen

I can’t imagine how much fun it must be to actually cook there!

America's Test Kitchen

The area next to the kitchen features a Wall of Awesome, chock full of tweets, posts, and Facebook updates about America’s Test Kitchen. Lots of pictures of delicious food were there, and it is now my goal to make the wall.

America's Test Kitchen

After I took my tour, I got to mingle with lots of my favorite bloggers, and, of course, to eat. There was flaky spanakopita.


And a perfectly cooked, flavorful Spanish tortilla.

Spanish tortilla

Lots and lots of cheese, including this bacon ranch cheese ball and a lemon herb goat cheese ball. These two cheeses definitely gave me ideas for the upcoming holiday season.

bacon ranch cheese lemon herb goat cheese

Cook’s Illustrated Founder and Editor, Christopher Kimball was there to speak to us; in case you were wondering, his favorite meal is a New England boiled dinner, followed by a good apple pie. I have seen him on TV so many times, and it was incredibly exciting to be in the same room. I am a nerd when it comes to food celebrities!

Christopher Kimball

More mingling ensued, and to Elizabeth’s delight there was dessert, mighty delicious chocolate pots de crème and pecan bars.

chocolate pots de creme

pecan bars


Even sweeter, we were sent home with gift bags stuffed with the Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook and the Menu Cookbook which I am super excited about. Recipes for all of the items served, perfect party foods, are in the books for us to make at home.  After having a very sad week, my husband and I decided we need to have more dinner parties and wine tastings, and the Menu Cookbook will be an extra push toward that. I am already flipping through it to get ideas for my Thanksgiving dinner in Ireland. Cook's Illustrated Menu Cookbook

The Cook’s Illustrated launch party was an absolutely lovely event that combined a little nostalgia with my current role as a blogger and lover of cooking. I love how everything America’s Test Kitchen does aims to get real people to cook real food and to encourage them to do it well so they do it again. The event was definitely a bright spot in a rough week; I love my blogger friends, great food, and fun times!

Do you read Cook’s Illustrated? Have a favorite recipe that I must try?

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Tags: America's Test Kitchen, bloggers, Boston, Cook's Illustrated, cookbooks, events

  1. Daisy’s avatar

    sounds like such a fun event – I think that wall of awesome is, well, awesome! i want one in my kitchen!!


  2. Michelle’s avatar

    I’m a big fan of Cook’s Illustrated…and of their lovely staff! :-)


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Yes, they definitely have a great staff! :)


    2. Megan’s avatar

      Great recap of such a great event! I had an awesome time chatting with the ATK staff, other bloggers, and eating their amazing food! Hope to see you at another event soon— :)


    3. Megan’s avatar

      Such lovely staff. ;o) So glad you came. This was such a fun night… and so interesting for me to be on the other side.


    4. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

      Look at all the gadgets, pots and pans – yes please!


    5. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

      CI is the best!! I need to get Megan to give me a tour sometime – it looks like an incredible space and a great event!


    6. Elizabeth’s avatar

      HAHAHA. I heart you Meghan :) So so great seeing you last night.


    7. Lindsey @ BeantownEats’s avatar

      That kitchen, along with all of its “toys” is definitely drool worthy. Really looking forward to reading/hearing about the Menu Cookbook, sounds fun!


    8. Jean | Delightful Repast’s avatar

      I’m not “a nerd when it comes to food [or any other] celebrities,” but I just might get a little goofy if I came face to face with Christopher Kimball! :D He’s pretty adorable!


    9. Jen @ Tiny Urban Kitchen’s avatar

      I am so bummed I missed this! I ended up getting stuck at work until really late that night and wasn’t able to make it. Boo! Thanks so much for sharing. Looks awesome. :)


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