[NOTE: We've split this discussion from the following thread about Cooks Illustrated on the Home Cooking board: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/729038].
I used to really love America's Test Kitchen. I even "joined up" on their website.
But gradually I've come to the conclusion that there's a real problem with the way they run things, mostly centering around the concept of the One True Holy Recipe that they subscribe to.
They actually threatened a fairly well-known food blogger because she modified one of their Sacred Recipes. She posted about it on her blog but has since taken it down. I was incensed when I read about it and am no longer a member of CI, nor do I bother to go to their website and look for anything.
However, it's true that once somethings been posted on the internet, it never dies. If you would like to see an account of the original exchange, just check out the wayback machine:
The idea that a recipe can be "owned" and never modified is ludicrous. ALL recipes are based on modifications of some other recipe stretching back into the mists of time.
There is no holy grail. Just damn good eats! And what I think is damn good might turn someone else green. So pooh on you, CI and Chris Kimball. Your recipe for Pad Thai stank anyway, LOL! BTW, you owe credit to whoever you stole the original recipe from, so take it down off your website right now! Or else! LOL!