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You will notice a new forum at the top of the main page called, "Ask Me Anything". This forum will be used for live one hour "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) sessions hosted by people who are knowledgeable in different areas pertaining to wood fired ovens. How it works:
- Each AMA will have a "sticky" thread where the community can post questions they would like answered during the live session. This will allow everyone to participate even if you can't be online for the live session. These questions will not be answered by the host until the live AMA; if you need an answer quickly, you should post it in the appropriate Forum area for the community to respond.
- Another thread will be posted for the live AMA. Registered users who are logged in during the live session can interact with the host by asking questions and receiving responses.
- The live thread will remain in the AMA forum to view after the session.

To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

We hope you enjoy this new feature! Please let us know if there is a topic that you'd like to have as an AMA and we'll look for a host!

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  • Cook's Illustrated

    I bought the newsstand copy of Cook's Illustrated, and really enjoyed it. These are the guys who have a "test kitchen" where they make the same recipe over and over until they get it right.

    I have already done:

    Better Mashed Potatoes
    Crisp Roast Chicken
    Roast Winter Vegetables
    Tuscan Bean Stew (Ribollita)

    and I still have a few more to look forward to.

    The recipes work, and it's fun seeing the thought process behind the recipe. It even has sidebars on the Science of Cooking.

    One other thing. They rated the Cuisinart mixer ($350) over the KitchenAid Pro 600 ($400).

    I'm going to sign up for a subscription.
    Pizza Ovens
    Outdoor Fireplaces

  • #2
    Re: Cook's Illustrated

    I've always enjoyed Christopher Kimball and his team. Sometimes they are a bit finnicky for my taste but always offer lots of good info and advice. I've had mixed luck with recipes in their books - some don't work well; others are simply FANTASTIC. His e-mail messages are frequent but informative and often quite cute (especially the "letter from Vermont" messages).


    • #3
      Re: Cook's Illustrated

      I used to subscribe. Definitely a great mag. I let the subscription run out when I went to Japan. I should start that one up again!
      Everyone makes mistakes. The trick is to make mistakes when nobody is looking.



      • #4
        Re: Cook's Illustrated

        We really enjoy Fine Cooking too, for whatever that's worth. Now and then we pick up Cuisine at Home, which has the attractive feature of having no advertising.




        • #5
          Re: Cook's Illustrated

          I have the online subscription. The only problem with it is they bombard you with "sister subscriptions". Just when you think you have the key to the entire recipe vault, they pull the "Subscribe to our Country Home Kitchen recipes" bit.
          So... take it with a grain of salt ...over your left shoulder.


          • #6
            Re: Cook's Illustrated

            We subscibed to both Cooks Illustrated and Cuisine at Home...liked both but ultimately went with the latter...you can by the compendiums from CI...got one of those ar Christmas
            My $0.02 and the salt
            Last edited by Dutchoven; 04-19-2008, 06:44 PM. Reason: poor typing skills
            "Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. " Charles Mingus
            "Build at least two brick ovens...one to make all the mistakes on and the other to be just like you dreamed of!" Dutch


            • #7
              Re: Cook's Illustrated

              They're a good reference and you can buy them in volumes by year too!

              I've seen them on EBAY.....
              sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!