I have all of the "Best of" ATK cookbooks. The first two volumes had over 200 recipes and are by far my favorite ATK books. The 2009 edition started tI have all of the "Best of" ATK cookbooks. The first two volumes had over 200 recipes and are by far my favorite ATK books. The 2009 edition started the trend of less recipes for the same price. This 2012 volume has 160, which is down from 176 from the previous book.
Now I know it comes to opinion here but a lot of the recipes just didn't interest me this time. Nothing really stood out. This is the third time we have had a stuffed chicken breast recipe in this series. Grilled thin cut pork chops? Is that really the best of the year?
I'm not saying any of these recipes are bad, because I know they're not. Actually, I can guarantee they are all very good and up to the same standards of quality we have come to love and appreciate from this company. Even though I haven't cooked the two I mentioned, there has never been one dish that was not a 9 or 10 rating in my mind.
If this is the best of the year, then it was a bad year. Yet, they say they create over a thousand recipes every year, so why do we keep getting less?
The recipes that I have tried and loved: Thin Crust Pizza, Garlic Knots, Chicken Pot Pie with Crumble Topping, Juicy Pub-Style Burgers (with crispy shallots and blue cheese), Make-Ahead Pigs in a Blanket, Split Pea and Ham Soup and Sweet Cherry Pie. They were all very tasty, especially the Garlic Knots.
Pros: Great tips, shortcuts, and information in the back. Beautiful pictures Taste and equipment tests
Con: Less recipes Could have been more diverse in the recipe choices The breakfast and dessert sections are lacking
Conclusion: If you're like me and collect this series, then it's for you. You may be mildly disappointed in this one but I still think it's somewhat worth it. ...more