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The Best Of America’s Test Kitchen (WGBH DVD Box Set)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Episodes: B



Cooking shows have been around since the first black and white analog TV could catch on the air broadcasting.  At the same time was the first of many food commercials and the rest is history.  Though many think the place to go for food ideas is automatically Food Network, other networks have offered great shows for years on food and some are so good, Food Network has yet to match them.  The WGBH hit America’s Test Kitchen is one of them.


Like Julia Child before them, the crew of the show led by Christopher Kimball not only offer great cooking ideas, but investigate the latest cooking utensils, devices and food mixes on the market belying what you would expect from any test kitchen.  The new The Best Of America’s Test Kitchen DVD Box Set offers 3 DVDs, split into two for meals (Weeknight, Entertaining) and a fine deserts volume (Baking) that cover the whole gambit of cooking needs.  I found myself agreeing more than disagreeing with their advice and some of their research is impressive, possibly even saving you money.  If you like cooking and eating, this is a set more than worth your time.


The 1.33 X 1 image on the classic episodes originate in analog NTSC video and look good for their age with consistent color and slight variance between shows, which in this compilation jump all around between several seasons.  This is not a problem for picture, but it can be for the sound, presented here in simple Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo.  In that case, though the sound individually is no problem, you may want to be careful about playing some of this at loud volumes.  Extras include a new HD-shot special with more recipes that is a live special, the same on all three discs.  Each disc also offers DVD-ROM printable recipes for the programs on their respective discs and a printable shopping guide.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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