I have been a recipe-tester for CI for several years. Until today, it has been a mutually beneficial relationship. Imagine my surprise at receiving the following e-mail this AM, the "So Long, Sucker" brushoff. There was some excited buzz about this topic not long ago and I thought I'd pass along what is in store for you after your service, not to mention, expense.
Thank you for the contributions you have made as a recipe tester for America’s Test Kitchen. The information we receive through the recipe testing surveys is an invaluable asset in the development of recipes and the improvement of our publications. In an effort to continue to expand our understanding of the landscape our readers face while preparing recipes, we will be refreshing our list of testers and looking for input from new cooks.
As we update our lists, our veteran recipe testers will no longer receive new requests, as a way to allow newer members a chance to participate.
We appreciate your ongoing dedication to helping our publication's continued success.
The Editors of Cook’s Illustrated"