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Cook’s Illustrated

By Boston Common Press LP

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Need a foolproof recipe for dinner tonight? From Pan-Seared Thick Cut Strip Steaks or Crisp Roast Chicken to Grilled Salmon or Pasta with Creamy Tomato Sauce we have you covered. Standing in the supermarket and don’t know which brand of extra virgin olive oil to buy? Cook’s Illustrated reviews will tell you which brand took top honors for its “fruity flavor and excellent balance” and which brand “tasted like motor oil”. The Cook’s Illustrated app arms you with 50 of Cook’s Illustrated’s all-time best recipes, along with a collection of popular and practical supermarket ingredient taste tests and equipment reviews, recipe videos, and kitchen timer and shopping list features.

A practical companion to a membership, the Cook’s Illustrated app gives members access to all of the members-only recipes, recipe specific videos, ingredient taste tests, and equipment reviews available on

App features:
•50 of our all-time best recipes, covering appetizers and main courses, to side dishes, breakfasts, and desserts.
•Recipes developed in America’s Test Kitchen, America’s most trusted test kitchen
•Browse recipes by cuisine or category
•Recipe overview videos for every recipe
•Dozens of taste test reviews for supermarket ingredients
•Dozens of unbiased reviews for kitchen equipment and gadgets
•Shopping list feature expandable to accommodate additional items
•Start and manage multiple kitchen timers
•Organize recipes, taste tests, and equipment reviews in your “Favorites”
• members can log in to access all members-only recipe, taste test, and equipment review content
•Favorites content automatically synched up with members’ Favorites content organized online
•Share app’s recipes, taste tests, and equipment reviews via email or Facebook

About Cook’s Illustrated
Cook’s Illustrated, launched in 1993, is located just outside Boston where a team of more than three dozen test cooks, editors, and cookware specialists work in a 2,500-square-foot test kitchen. Our mission is to test recipes over and over again until we understand how and why they work and until we arrive at the “best” version of a particular recipe.

We start the process of testing each recipe with a complete lack of conviction, which means that we accept no claim, no theory, no technique, and no recipe at face value. We simply assemble as many variations as possible, test half a dozen of the most promising, and taste the results blind. We then construct our own hybrid recipe and continue to test it, varying the ingredients, techniques, and cooking times until we reach a consensus. The result, we hope, is the best version of a particular recipe, but we realize that only you can be the final judge of our success (or failure). As we like to say in the test kitchen, “We make the mistakes so you don’t have to.”

Along with developing recipes, our test kitchen team exhaustively tests kitchen equipment and does blind tastings of supermarket ingredients to tell home cooks which brands to buy…and which to avoid. More than one million Cook’s Illustrated readers rely on Cook’s Illustrated reviews to make smarter decisions about which cooking products and ingredient brands to buy.

Cook’s Illustrated recipes, testings, and tastings can be found in Cook’s Illustrated magazine and cookbooks, online at, or featured on our public television show, America’s Test Kitchen.

What's New in Version 2.0.2

We fixed a recipe display issue.

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Customer Reviews

Poor functionality. Not for "serious cooks."

I have this app on my iPad and it clearly needs more development. Not really sophisticated enough for streamlined use. Some of the problems: the app can only be viewed in portrait mode so if you have a iPad case that stands your iPad up in landscape (which is handy for in the kitchen!) this app won't work that way. Another total design flaw is that the recipe is organized in tabs with the ingredients and instructions on different tabs. So if you're measuring things out as you go or you want to doublecheck your measures in the recipe you have to keep going between tabs which can be annoying especially if your hands are covered in flour or raw eggs or what have you. These are only two of many other flaws that beg for improvement. Is this app for cooks? Not really. Shame on you, CI. The website and magazine are much more superior layout you would think a home run app would follow. Not.

Works great, great design

I've been a CI fan for a long time but have just started using the app on my iPhone a few months ago. It's very easy to search for recipes and save favorites, and I really love how easy it is to add ingredients to a shopping list that's super clean and easy to use. I see some people have complained about the ingredients being on a separate tab from the instructions and some have even complained that "serious cooks" abhor that. Well I'm a serious cook and I, like many other serious cooks I know, like to prep my ingredients before I have pots boiling over and skillets burning because I'm trying to chop onions, remember if it's a teaspoon or a tablespoon of paprika, and figure out if I stuck the vinegar in the laundry room or if I'm just plain out. Good job CI.

Poorly Designed Please Update!

Overall feels like a very old generation app. It's a pain to use (not that the Cooks Illustrated website is much better..."The Feed" website has a really good UI oddly that I much prefer...clearly the cooks illustrated band of websites must all be on different technologies it seems!...anyways I digress.)

I don't like how for recipes that items are on different tabs. Also does anyone notice that if your phone locks or goes idle and you go back to the app, the item you searched for is no longer available? What good is making a shopping list if I go to the grocery store and my list is gone?! You can't do a cross app search (meaning I can't just search for a recipe if I previously clicked on the Equipment Revew or other non recipe tab). I could go on. Huge fan of Cooks Illustrated - just not their technology as evidenced by their apps and/or website!!

Cook’s Illustrated
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  • Free
  • Category: Food & Drink
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.0.2
  • Size: 7.6 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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