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America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated: Ultimate Italian

Airs Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Test cook Bryan Roof makes pasta with host Christopher Kimball.

Christopher Kimball and the cast of AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK'S ILLUSTRATED, the most-watched cooking show on public television and a 2012 Daytime Emmy® winner, use a common-sense, practical approach to solve everyday cooking problems and help viewers save time and money.

The cast of AMERICA's TEST KITCHEN: Jack Bishop, Adam Ried, Christopher Kimball, Julia Collin Davison and Bridget Lancaster.
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Above: The cast of AMERICA's TEST KITCHEN: Jack Bishop, Adam Ried, Christopher Kimball, Julia Collin Davison and Bridget Lancaster.

Daniel J. van Ackere. © 2012 Boston Common Press

Tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Christopher Kimball to a tasting of mozzarella cheese.

America’s Test Kitchen Feed

America’s Test Kitchen Feed is a destination for free recipes and food stories from the crew at America’s Test Kitchen–we’ll be featuring everything from how to make homemade bacon jam to how to solve kitchen problems with a hairdryer. You’ll also get a glimpse of exclusive, behind-the-scenes snapshots of life at the Test Kitchen.

Kimball and test kitchen cooks Bridget Lancaster, Julia Collin Davison and Rebecca Hays reveal the basics of home cooking while preparing dozens of tried-and-true recipes, including prime rib and French-style pot-roasted pork loin, pasta all'Amatriciana, Sichuan stir-fried pork in garlic sauce, grill-roasted turkey, classic chicken salad, French apple cake, carrot layer cake and raspberry sorbet.

The popular segments viewers love and trust also return, including food tastings with Jack Bishop, equipment testing with Adam Ried, gadget reviews with Lisa McManus and food science with Guy Crosby.

"Ultimate Italian" - Man on the Street John “Doc” Willoughby ventures to New York City to learn secrets of homemade pasta from the pros.

In the test kitchen, test cook Dan Souza shows host Christopher Kimball how to make Fresh Pasta Without a Machine.

Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of Mozzarella Cheese.

And finally, test cook Bryan Roof uncovers the secrets to the ultimate Ragu alla Bolognese.

Episodes from past seasons are now available for online viewing.

AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN is on Facebook, and you can follow @TestKitchen on Twitter.



Pairing Pasta Shape with Sauce From America's Test Kitchen

You've got the pasta. Now you just need the sauce. But how to decide? AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN cook Dan Souza give you a quick guide a mixing and matching pasta to sauce. Watch more 60-Second Video Tips at


How do I know when fresh pasta is done?

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How To Cook Pasta from America's Test Kitchen


Introducing The America's Test Kitchen Online Cooking School

Want to cook like the professionals at AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN? Now you can. Learn about our new online Cooking School and discover how you can become a better cook with help from Bridget Lancaster and the Cooking School crew.


What is America's Test Kitchen?

We know how frustrating it can be when things go wrong in the kitchen. That's why every single recipe in our books has been tested not once, not twice, but often as many as 20, 30, or even 40 times. And then, just to make absolutely sure, we often test our recipes using cheap cookware, mediocre stovetops, and the wrong ingredients. All of this work results, we hope, in a simple promise: Our recipes work the first time and every time. Please visit our websites: