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Cook’s Country From America’s Test Kitchen: Southern Classics

Airs Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 3 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Host Chris Kimball baking with chef Bridget Lancaster in the test kitchen.

COOK'S COUNTRY FROM AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN features the best regional home cooking from across the country. The series, like the successful Cook’s Country magazine, approaches food in the same practical, no-nonsense way. In a renovated 1806 farmhouse, the cast scientifically re-imagines family-friendly recipes for the modern home cook.

Cooking 101

These comprehensive cooking guides will teach you the core techniques behind classic American dishes. You will also learn what equipment and which ingredients are absolutely essential in the preparation of these classic recipes. Each guide also lists our all-time best recipes so you can find just the recipe you want.

In season four, test kitchen chefs Bridget Lancaster, Julia Collin Davison and Erin McMurrer deconstruct each recipe to reveal secrets for foolproof cooking at home.

The Tasting Lab's Jack Bishop once again challenges host Christopher Kimball to live tastings and resident equipment expert Adam Ried returns to reveal the test kitchen's top recommendations for immersion blenders, multi-timers, pastry brushes, slow cookers and more.

Kimball also introduces short documentary segments about America's food history and later, shares test kitchen tips and techniques designed to make home cooking easier.

In this episode, Bridget shows Chris how to make the ultimate Gumbo. Then, Jack challenges Chris to a tasting of long-grain white rice. And finally, Julia updates a lost recipe and shows Chris how to make Lane Cake.

COOK'S COUNTRY is on Facebook.

This program originally aired in 2011.

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1806 Farmhouse: Cook's Country Behind The Scenes

Above: Ever wonder what it takes to film a public television show in a farmhouse built in 1806? COOK'S COUNTRY FROM AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN uncovers the best of American home cooking. Our recipes are tested not once, not twice, but often as many as 20, 30 or even 40 times. The result: foolproof recipes you can trust to work the first time—and every time. Our show, now in its third season, is filmed in a renovated 1806 farmhouse with a full working test kitchen.

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The Cook's Illustrated Cookbook: 2,000 Recipes from America's Most Trusted Cooking Magazine

Above: For 20 years, readers of Cook's Illustrated have been devoted to this contrarian magazine that takes no advertising and publishes just a handful of meticulously tested recipes every other month. With more than a million followers, Cook's Illustrated has become an antidote to the excesses of other cooking magazines where splashy ads, restaurant reviews, and profiles on celebrity chefs elbow out what really matters—the cooking. The Cook's Illustrated Cookbook features 2,000 of the magazine's greatest hits—hits that belong in the repertoire of any cook who cares about recipes that work.

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