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4 awesome kitchen hacks for steak, fries and more

Chris Kimball of America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Illustrated, shares four clever food hacks from the new book Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done.

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TODAY, January 7, 2016

America’s Test Kitchen’s Kitchen Hacks Is Cooking For Productivity Nerds

This book is for the home cook who deplores single use kitchen items and loves a good (or not-so-good) pun. It’s for someone who just knows they can arrange their kitchen more efficiently, but isn’t sure how to go about it. It’s for the independent lady who don’t need no man to open a jar (because she learned that you can do so with a mousepad or Livestrong bracelet.) It’s for someone who drinks a lot of boxed wine, and pines for a way to reuse the bags within the box.

Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done is a comprehensive, well-indexed tome of tips and tricks to help you clean, cook, store, and transport food in more efficient and clever ways, all without the use of fancy appliances. You will need some tongs though; the folks at Cook’s Illustrated seem to be obsessed with tongs. With twelve chapters of hacks, America’s Test Kitchen presents a myriad of ways to handle common (and not so common) problems a home cook faces in the kitchen. Some are so simple, you’ll be embarrassed you didn’t think of them, and some are so silly you’ll be a little embarrassed for ATK, but most are, above all, very useful.

Lifehacker, December 18, 2015

Books for cooks: 7 sure-fire picks for food lovers

“Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done”

Who to buy for: Those new to the kitchen and those who thrive on new tips and techniques.

Inside: This handy guide includes more than 1,000 tried-and-true cooking and kitchen organization tips. There are 12 chapters that cover everything from kitchen cleaning tips to kitchen organization to food prep hacks. Among our favorite tips: Remove beet stains from your hands with whitening toothpaste that contains peroxide. Brilliant!

Why we love it: Easy to read and plenty of illustrations.

Detroit Free Press, December 16, 2015

Eight favorite new cookbooks

There’s a ton of good information packed into this little book. Kitchen hacks are clever, time-saving tips and tricks, and this is a compilation of those helpful ideas by Cook’s Illustrated magazine. From using a corkscrew to remove an avocado pit, four ways to loosen a stubborn jar lid or lighting a strand of dry spaghetti to use as a matchstick, there are bound to be clever ideas that just haven’t occurred to you. With hundreds of tips that range from practical to downright wacky, it’s a fun read.

San Diego Union-Tribune, December 15, 2015

Books for Cooks: Gift Ideas That Inspire Great Meals

“Hacks” are innovative shortcuts, quick tips or alternative solutions to tasks and dilemmas in the kitchen, and this smart collection offers endless ideas for everything from sanitizing your sink to keeping a packed lunch extra cool.

Once you thumb through a few pages, it’s something you won’t want to live without.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser, December 9, 2015

A hack for every occasion — clever and unusual tips for the kitchen

Still looking for a gift for your favorite cook?

Look no further. Or rather, look for a copy of Cook’s Illustrated’s book “Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done,” and then look no further.

Readers of Cook’s Illustrated magazine know to head to the back of each issue for what is called Kitchen Notes. These are hints, tips, shortcuts and often brilliant ideas for navigating your way around a kitchen, creating implements you may not already own and making your food preparation easier and safer.

The “Kitchen Hacks” book (368 pages, $19.95) is a collection of many hundreds of these ideas. Many suggestions are sheer genius.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 9, 2015

NPR’s Book Concierge: Our Guide to 2015’s Great Reads

OK, it’s not a cookbook at all. It’s just a little book of quick tips — use a corkscrew to remove an avocado pit! Shell stubborn pistachios in a garlic press! Make dotted lines across a tomato with a fork to guide your knife to perfect slicing. Some tips have little to do with cooking — like using a toothbrush to disclose the hidden end of the plastic-wrap roll — but these ingenious answers to First World Problems will very likely find a happy home in your kitchen (or perhaps the bathroom closest to it).

NPR, December 8, 2015

Holiday gift ideas for the foodies on your list

What to get the cooks who hate kitchen gadgets and multitaskers or, worse, gave away the corncob-shaped cornbread pan you gave them last year? Cook’s Illustrated’s “Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done” ($19.95) is in many ways the anti-foodie gift because the people who will appreciate it most love to cook but hate to be called foodies. They are the people who know how to melt chocolate without a double boiler or remove the thorny ends of an artichoke.

Austin American-Statesman, December 8, 2015

Three Absolutely Ingenious Kitchen Hacks

You won’t remember a single recipe from Cook’s Illustrated’s Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done, but that doesn’t stop it from being the most important cooking book you’ll read this year. Think of this as the field guide to kitchen survival, with Cook’s famously straightforward black-and-white illustrations leading the way to every shortcut and tip you could ever need around pots and pans. From turning a Tabasco container into a toothpick dispenser to storing soup overnight in more manageable single servings, the advice is simple but meticulous (and, in some cases like with the steak elevator, below, just brilliant). Here, from the book are three of our favorite tips: A way to keep your steak perfectly moist as it rests off the grill, a better way to pit olives, and how to make fast fries with an apple slicer.

Men’s Journal, November 24, 2015

Nifty kitchen hacks for holiday entertaining problems

Many of you might remember the ‘80s television show “MacGyver,” about a ruggedly handsome hero who I considered the poster boy for resourcefulness. He could repurpose chocolate bars and paper clips into conventional weapons.

Thus channeling my inner MacGyver might be one of the reasons I’m loving the new book “Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done” by Cook’s Illustrated.

It’s 358 pages of MacGyver-like breakthrough solutions.

The Tampa Tribune, November 17, 2015

The Best Food Books of 2015

The folks at Cook’s Illustrated magazine have long collected kitchen tips and hacks from readers — the original culinary crowdsourcing. Now they’ve gathered their top 1,000 tips into one book (perfectly sized for stuffing in stockings). Nicely organized by circumstance (such as cleaning, food storage and how to transport things), the book is an amusing collection of ways to help you get the job done.

Ideas include how to tame the tears when chopping onions (burn a candle), what to do when avocado pits get stuck on your knife (tap it on the counter) and how to pit olives using an upside down funnel (you’ll just have to see that one for yourself). There also are some easy recipe hacks, including my favorite — how to use dry sherry, vanilla and liquid smoke to improve the flavor of cheap bourbon.

Associated Press, November 18, 2015

How To Instantly Age Cheap Bourbon To Make It Taste Expensive

Want to bring a bottle of fancy bourbon to your next dinner party, but only have enough in your budget for the cheap stuff?

The chefs at America’s Test Kitchen discovered the best solution — age it yourself, instantly.

In their new book, “Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done,” the chefs and testers of the sprawling Boston kitchen show you how to do more than a thousand tricks to make your culinary life easier — from the best way to slice a pizza to the best way to fry your bacon — but we couldn’t resist their trick for instantly aging bourbon, so we tried it for ourselves.

Huffington Post, November 9, 2015

Try These Ingenious Coffee Hacks To Get Your Buzz On

For their latest book, “Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done,” out Nov. 10, the intrepid chefs anthologized more than 1,000 solutions to kitchen dilemmas — some common, many we didn’t even know we needed to fix.

For example, potato chips make great kindling for lighting your charcoal grill (place a handful of chips on a paper coffee filter at the bottom of the grill and set it on fire under a chimney. The oily chips will burn slowly, making sure your charcoal gets fiery hot).

The editors categorized their tips into groups for the lazy, for recycling, for single people, and for home bartenders. While all the hacks are great, we were mostly excited about the coffee tricks: Here are their selections, presented with illustrations by John Burgoyne, for getting that early morning jolt of caffeine into your face faster and with more ease.

Huffington Post, November 5, 2015