I am a sucker for cookbooks.

fettuccine alfredo

I guess it should be no surprise at this point since that’s how I really got into cooking. Between cookbooks and the Food Network (before all the weird reality shows and cooking competitions), that’s how I learned. Reading cookbooks, cover to cover. It still took me a while to make things from some cookbooks because I was intimidated about certain recipes – and still am! But that’s why I love America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks.

I had the chance to review their Cooking School Cookbook last year, and it’s still one of my favorites! So I was really excited to review this new book – the New Family Cookbook.

And it just happened to show up at the perfect time. Nick had been talking about making some fettuccine alfredo, so I decided to test out the recipe in the new cookbook and it did not disappoint!

fettuccine alfredo

One of my favorite things about their cookbooks is that there are a TON OF PICTURES. Maybe some people don’t need or want photos….but I do. I want pictures for everything, especially when it comes to food. I mean, I blog about food. I want to SEE THE FOOD! Having progress shots for recipes (or at least the finished dishes) is super helpful.

America’s Test Kitchen spent more than a year rebuilding their classic landmark family cookbook from the ground up, continuing its quest to create the absolute best versions of recipes everyone counts on. The New Family Cookbook has more than 1,100 new recipes with new color photos and a brand-new package. It’s a fantastic comprehensive book that’s still approachable for cooks of all levels.

america's test kitchen new family cookbook

So now I have two cookbooks that will have permanent places in the kitchen, both from America’s Test Kitchen!

The alfredo turned out perfect – the sauce was thick and creamy and perfectly nutty from the parmesan. We added some bacon and roasted mushrooms, and I can’t wait to make it again! Did I mention I’m all about the carbs lately? It’s becoming a problem.

The best part of all this is that I have a copy of the America’s Test Kitchen New Family Cookbook to give away, too!

If you want to win this book for yourself, tell me what dish you’ve always wanted to make. That’s it!

Want some extra entries?

  • Like America’s Test Kitchen on Facebook and let me know you did
  • Like BranAppetit on Facebook and let me know you did
  • Tell me one thing you always mess up in the kitchen – and let’s be honest. I still have problems with mashed potatoes, but it’s getting better! And I have no patience when it comes to really browning/searing meat. I always flip it too early.

Good luck!

Want to see more? Check out the Test Kitchen blog for additional reviews and info.

America’s Test Kitchen provided me with a cookbook to review and will be providing the cookbook prize to the winner. All opinions are my own – as always – and I was not compensated for a positive review or the post. Thank you for supporting brands that support us!


  1. Very cool! I agree- the more pictures the better! I’m always wondering -is this how its supposed to look??

    • Congrats, Erica! You’re the winner!! Please email me your address to branappetit at gmail.com, and we’ll get your prize on the way!

  2. Coq Au Vin

  3. Chicken Marsala! So good but i’m intimidated for some reason!

  4. I’d love to make lasagna. Too many layers and pasta makes me nervous!

  5. I’ve always wanted to make homemade croissants.

  6. Standing rib roast for me.

  7. Since you got me thinking about pasta, I’ve always wanted to make linguine with clams (and homemade pasta in general!).

  8. I’ve always wanted to make homemade fettucine alfredo. Yours looks great!

  9. I also like watching cooking shows, they’re the best shows on TV for me right now. The cooking shows I enjoy watching are on the Create Channel and PBS, wonderful shows there….I’m always hungry after watching some of them ……. LOL!!
    I’ve always wanted to make Bouillabaisse and Beef Bourguignon.
    Thank you Brandi for the chance to win this great cookbook!

  10. I have the older version of this book (no ‘new’ in the title, and mine has a red cover). It is my go-to book, since everything I’ve cooked from it has come out well. My favorite has to be the Beef Pot Pie. It is so good I’ve had family members eat three servings of it in one sitting before.

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  12. Mostly because of America’s Test Kitchen/Cook’s Illustrated/Cook’s Country, I think I’ve already made every dish I’ve wanted to! One of the things I’m really looking forward to making from their cookbook as soon as the pears ripen in a Triple-Ginger Pear Crisp. They have the regular version in their original Family Cookbook and the smaller version in my Cooking for Two 2009 cookbook.

  13. I would love to learn how to make chicken dumplings. My family loves to watch Americas Test Kitchen! It’s utterly fascinating how they break down every recipe.

  14. Brandi, I want to make and have not found a recipe to make home made egg rolls with cabbage corn beans etc. I love the southwest egg rolls you get as an appitizer at the resturant Chili’s. I also love there dipping sauce butto but like my kream mustard and sweet sour sauce alot. Have you ever made egg rolls before and if so please share thanks for being a wonderful addition to everyone who wants to be healthy and happy.

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