I don’t have this book yet, but I want it. Last night a friend made the lemon shallot vinaigrette, polenta with Parmesan, and ratatouille recipes for dinner. They were all solid—which is how I’d describe The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. The original Family Cookbook, published in 2005, was not as durable as this revised edition, which feels like it could go through lots of kitchen adventures with minimal damage. The word family in the title had me a little worried—I’m not cooking for a family—but this book offers up basics any cook could use, no matter whom you’re feeding.

The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, $23.07

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