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AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK’S ILLUSTRATED: From An Italian Bakery

Airs Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to the ultimate Almond Biscotti.

Christopher Kimball and the cast of the Daytime Emmy-nominated AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN use a common-sense, practical approach to solve everyday cooking problems and help viewers save time and money. Kimball and test kitchen cooks Bridget Lancaster, Julia Collin Davison, Rebecca Hays, Bryan Roof and Dan Souza reveal the basics of home cooking while preparing dozens of tried-and-true recipes, including beef burgundy, lemon chiffon pie, pepper-crusted beef tenderloin roast, New England lobster roll, French-style pork stew, no-knead brioche, oven-steamed mussels, grilled glazed baby back ribs, chocolate tart and more.

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The cast of AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN: Jack Bishop, Adam Reid, host Christopher Kimball, Julia Collin Davison and Bridget Lancaster.

Courtesy of WGBH/ AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN

The ultimate Almond Biscotti.

The popular segments viewers love and trust also return. The Tasting Lab's Jack Bishop challenges Kimball to taste-test supermarket staples before revealing AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN'S top recommendations for BBQ sauce, chicken broth, coffee, hummus, bacon and other foods. Adam Ried, the test kitchen’s resident equipment expert, takes Kimball through the unbiased results for cookware, charcoal grills, pepper grinders, chef's knives and other kitchen items.

This season also features gadget reviews with Lisa McManus, "Man on the Street" discoveries with "Doc" Willoughby and visits with nationally known chefs.

"From An Italian Bakery" - Man on the street Doc Willoughby visits Lakota Bakery just outside of Boston, to learn all about Florentine lace cookies from a pro. Then, in the test kitchen, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make Florentine Lace Cookies at home. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of coffee. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to the ultimate Almond Biscotti.

Episodes from past seasons are now available for online viewing. AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN is on Facebook, and you can follow @TestKitchen on Twitter.

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Above: This tin of cookies includes a special ingredient to keep the treats from going stale in transit.

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What is America's Test Kitchen?

Above: 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: http://www.americastestkitchen.com/ http://www.cooksillustrated.com/ http://www.cookscountrytv.com/