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Cook's Illustrated: subscription, books, library?

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Cook's Illustrated: subscription, books, library?

Thanks4Food | Sep 18, 2013 09:04 AM

I posted this over at Food Media and News, but perhaps I should have posted it here since you talk about cookbooks here. I checked out of the library 14 issues of CI just to see what it was like (since it's mentioned a lot here at Chowhound). I really like it and think I could learn a lot from it. But I have several questions:

First, can I trust them? I mean, they make it sound like I should toss all my old recipes and go with theirs because they've found the absolute best way to make EVERYTHING.

If I can trust them, then I can't figure out if it's best to have a print subscription, an online one (I didn't know there was a difference till recently), buy the year-end compendiums, or just buy the one main CI Cookbook. OR I could just keep checking them out from the library and copying the recipes/tips I like best. But at this point, I like just about everything--except for the more complicated, sophisticated dishes.

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