Chris Kimball and the cast of America’s Test Kitchen discuss healthy and delicious ways to feed your family, and their new book, The Americas Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook. The Healthy Family Cookbook is an all-purpose cookbook that delivers more than 800 foolproof recipes for healthier everyday cooking–including breakfast dishes, kid-friendly favorites, meat and pasta entres, vegetarian dishes, healthy makeovers of family classics, desserts, and more. Each recipe also includes calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and sodium counts. The America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook takes a good, hard look at eating healthfully–incorporating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into recipes on a daily basis, and reducing calories from fat whenever possible while still maximizing taste. But unlike other “healthy recipe” cookbooks that simply substitute brown rice for white, or fat-free mayonnaise for regular, every one of our recipes have been specifically developed for the ingredients used, to maximize both taste and health.
BIO: Chris Kimball
Chris Kimball is the publisher and editor of Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country as well as host of PBS’s Cook’s Country.
BIO: Julia Collin
Julia Collin is senior editor for Cook’s, and on-screen test cook for the television show, America’s Test Kitchen. She began working in the test kitchen at Cook’s three years ago, and now develops recipes and writes articles for the magazine and several cookbooks in the Best Recipe Series. She holds an AOS degree from the Culinary Institute of America and a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from SUNY Albany. Before coming to Cook’s she worked at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA, Specialty’s Bakery-Cafe in San Francisco, Paula LeDuc Catering in Berkeley, and Greystone Restaurant in the Napa Valley. She also worked in the cellars of several Napa Valley wineries including Domain Chandon, and Oakville Ranch.
BIO: Bridget Lancaster
Bridget Lancaster, deputy editor of Cook’s Country magazine, joined the Cook’s team in 1998 and is responsible for all recipe testing and development in Cook’s Country. She has worked on many of the company’s cookbook projects and is also an on-screen test cook for America’s Test Kitchen. She is also a cast member of the new TV show, Cook’s Country, which aired with its first season in September 2008. Her career led her to work in various kitchens in the South and Northeast, concentrating on pastry, and she has also taught culinary classes and given live cooking demonstrations. Bridget’s husband, Stephen, is a professional chef, and along with their two sons, they enjoy working on their favorite hobby–barbecue.
BIO: Jack Bishop
Jack Bishop is the editorial director of America’s Test Kitchen. He joined the staff of Cook’s magazine in 1988 and helped with the launch of Cook’s Illustrated in 1993. He established the tasting protocols used in America’s Test Kitchen and has authored dozens of articles for the magazine. Jack directed the launch of Cook’s Country magazine and oversees editorial operations at both magazines. He is a cast member of America’s Test Kitchen, the top-rated public television cooking show now in its eighth season. He is also a cast member of the new TV show Cook’s Country, which aired with its first season in September 2008. Jack edited The Best Recipe (1999) and established the books division at America’s Test Kitchen. He is the author of several cookbooks, including A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen, Vegetables Every Day, The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook, Pasta e Verdura, and Lasagna. Jack’s wife, Lauren Chattman, is a cookbook author and former pastry chef. They have two daughters.
BIO: Adam Ried
Adam Ried is the keeper of the Equipment Corner on America’s Test Kitchen. He is also a cast member on the new TV show Cook’s Country, which aired with its first season in September 2008. During his 10 years as an editor for Cook’s Illustrated, Adam developed and edited recipes, wrote feature stories, and contributed to many other sections of the magazine, including the popular Quick Tips. Moreover, Adam bore primary responsibility for the highly respected kitchen equipment testing and ingredient tasting features at Cook’s Illustrated. Now a contributor to Cook’s Country magazine and the cooking columnist for The Sunday Boston Globe Magazine, Adam has taught cooking and food writing; written for local, national, and international publications; and consulted for restaurants and kitchen equipment manufacturers. He is a graduate of Macalester College and the culinary certificate program at Boston University.