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AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN
FROM COOK’S ILLUSTRATED VII

Public Television’s Most-Watched Cooking Show Returns

Once again, the tireless team of chefs, tasters and testers, led by ATK’s sartorial ‘editor-in-chef’ Christopher Kimball, reunite in a state-of-the-art test kitchen studio to reveal the best methods for preparing culinary classics.

In 26 new episodes, premiering on public television stations nationwide beginning January 6, 2007 (check local listings), Kimball, Julia Collin, Bridget Lancaster, Adam Reid, Jack Bishop, Rebecca Hayes and Erika Bruce, provide fully tested, foolproof recipes, tips, techniques and advice for the home chef. America’s Test Kitchen experts and blind-tasting judges deliver useful, unbiased choices in their quest to help viewers save money, time and effort in the kitchen.

This season, the America’s Test Kitchen's family takes on more than 50 new recipes, including macaroni and cheese, casseroles, omelets, fajitas, pork chops, barbecued chicken and Key Lime pie, among many others. The team also tackles "light" and "quick" recipes for cheesecake, lasagna and brisket; the results are as delicious as their high-calorie or slow-cooked counterparts.

Adam Reid’s "Equipment Corner" and Jack Bishop’s "Taste Lab" present interesting and sometimes surprising results of Cook’s Illustrated’s infamously rigorous tests--from immersion blenders, grilling gadgets and cocktail shakers to mail-order steaks and unusual pastas. Their tests frequently defy price points, fancy packaging and brand expectations.

This season, Bishop returns to challenge Kimball’s palate and spotlight the best cooking ingredients. Bishop takes great glee in both stumping Kimball and debunking myths such as, "the more you pay, the better the product." Reid, meanwhile, immerses himself in the myriad products jockeying for a place in viewers’ kitchens. With an expert eye, Reid determines the "must haves," the novelties and the products destined to live out their short lives on a grocery-store shelf. In fun and factual "Science" segments, viewers learn how cream whips, why cornstarch thickens and what chocolate to bloom.

Kimball and his team of culinary experts have been determining the best methods for preparing delicious and easy-to-follow recipes for more than a decade for the readers of Cook’s Illustrated—"the Consumer Reports of cooking." Kimball is the author of three cookbooks: The Cook’s Bible, The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook and The Dessert Bible. He is also a regular columnist for the New York Daily News and New England’s TAB newspapers.

Executive produced by Geoffrey Drummond and Nat Katzman. Produced by Geoffrey Drummond. Produced in 2007, America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated VII is supplied by A La Carte Communications and presented by American Public Television through the Exchange service at no cost to public television stations nationwide.

Founded in 1990 by Geoffrey Drummond and Nat Katzman, A La Carte Communications specializes in lifestyle television and video production and is America’s leading independent producer of television cooking shows. A La Carte public television productions include: Emmy-winning Baking with Julia, America’s Test Kitchen, Julia and Jacques Cooking At Home, Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen, Michael Chiarello’s Napa, Savor the Southwest, The Frugal Gourmet and Martin Yan’s Chinatowns.

About American Public Television: For 45 years, American Public Television (APT) has been a prime source of programming for the nation’s public television stations. APT distributes more than 300 new program titles per year and has 10,000 hours of programming in its library. It is responsible for many public television milestones including the first HD series and the 2006 launch of the Create channel featuring the best of public television’s lifestyle programming. APT is known for its leadership in identifying innovative, worthwhile and viewer-friendly programming. It has established a tradition of providing public television stations with program choices that strengthen and customize their schedules, such as JFK: Breaking the News, Battlefield Britain, Globe Trekker, Rick Steves’ Europe, Great Museums, Jacques Pépin: Fast Food My Way, America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Broadway: The Golden Age, Lidia’s Family Table, California Dreamin’ – The Songs of The Mamas & the Papas, Rosemary and Thyme, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, The Big Comfy Couch, Monarchy With David Starkey, and other prominent documentaries, dramatic series, how-to programs and classic movies. For more information about APT’s programs and services, visit APTonline.org.

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