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Every episode of Cook's Country ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Cook's Country!

Cook's Country From America's Test Kitchen uncovers the best of American home cooking. Our recipes are developed through in-depth kitchen testing. The result: foolproof recipes you can trust to work the first time—and every time. Cooks's Country From America's Test Kitchen features the cast and crew of America's Test Kitchen, the top-rated cooking show on public television—now in its ninth season. Our new show is filmed in a renovated 1806 farmhouse with a full working test kitchen. Watch us update traditional American recipes—everything from California Barbecued Tri-Tip and Cincinnati Chili to Mashed Potato Casserole and Chocolate Blackout Cake. You'll learn what makes a recipe succeed (or fail) as well as which kitchen tools, cookware, and supermarket ingredients have won our independent tests. Join us every week as we bring the pages of Cook's Country magazine into your home.

Last Updated: 10/3/2022Network: PBS
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Feeding a Crowd, Italian-Style
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#1 - Feeding a Crowd, Italian-Style

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/20/2008

Everyone loves Italian food. We share the secrets to making extraordinary meatballs and marinara and the perfect “Sunday gravy”—a slow-simmered sauce with several kinds of meat. Recipes: - Meatballs and Marinara - Italian Sunday Gravy Tasting Lab: - Jarred Pasta Sauce Equipment Corner: - Large Saucepans

Easy As Pie
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#2 - Easy As Pie

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/18/2008

Bridget Lancaster explains how to a make foolproof pie crust and then prepares an incredible raspberry chiffon pie. Jack Bishop searches for the best store-bought pie crust. Recipes: - Raspberry Chiffon Pie - No-Fear Pie Crust Tasting Lab: - Pie Crusts

Regional Chops
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#3 - Regional Chops

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/8/2008

Learn to grill double-thick chops and how to give them authentic smoke flavor. The test kitchen also perfects a recipe for whiskey-glazed pork chops. Recipes: - Smoked Double-Thick Pork Chops - Smoked Double-Thick Pork Chops on a Gas Grill - Tennessee-Whiskey Pork Chops Equipment Lab: - Top Kitchen Essentials

Rise and Shine
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#4 - Rise and Shine

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/19/2009

Our Ultimate Cinnamon Buns are tender, gooey, and unapologetically large. We also create a better-than-the-box pancake mix that delivers made-from-scratch flavor even faster. Recipes - Ultimate Cinnamon Buns - Better-Than-The-Box Pancake Mix Tasting Lab - Maple and Pancake Syrup Equipment Corner - Stovetop Griddles

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Super Fudgy Cake
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#5 - Super Fudgy Cake

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/3/2009

We update a Pillsbury Bake-Off classic reengineering the recipe to replace a no-longer-made ingredient. Christopher Kimball also reveals the top test kitchen tips about how to use your oven for baking. Recipes - Tunnel of Fudge Cake Tasting Lab - Boxed Brownie Mixes

Chili and Cornbread
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#6 - Chili and Cornbread

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/10/2009

We’ll reveal the secrets to authentic-tasting Chili con Carne at home and how to make Southern-Style Skillet Cornbread with hearty corn flavor. Recipes - Chili Con Carne - Southern-Style Skillet Corn Bread Equipment Corner - Can Openers

Southern BBQ
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#7 - Southern BBQ

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/17/2009

Bridget Lancaster makes Big Bob’s famous Alabama BBQ Chicken with a unique white barbecue sauce. She serves it along side Tangy Apple-Cabbage Slaw. Recipes - Alabama BBQ Chicken - Tangy Apple-Cabbage Slaw Tasting Lab - Iced Tea

Fail-Safe Thanksgiving
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#8 - Fail-Safe Thanksgiving

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/24/2009

Bridget Lancaster makes an Old-Fashioned Roast Turkey with Gravy, revisiting a classic technique known as larding. She also reveals the secrets to quick and easy Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Recipes - Old-Fashioned Roast Turkey with Gravy - Garlic Mashed Potatoes Tasting Lab - Frozen Dinner Rolls

Texas Beef Barbecue
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#9 - Texas Beef Barbecue

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/7/2009

We bring a Texas favorite home—Shredded Barbecued Beef and we pair it with a unique take on a classic side dish: Ranch Potato Salad. Recipes - Shredded Barbecued Beef - Ranch Potato Salad Tasting Lab - Whole Wheat Bread

Perfect Pork
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#10 - Perfect Pork

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/21/2009

We make Grilled Mustard-Glazed Pork with a deeply caramelized crust and Christopher Kimball shares the test kitchen tips for gas grilling. Later, Erin McMurrer makes Cider-Braised Pork Chops in a skillet. Recipes - Grilled Mustard-Glazed Pork Loin - Cider-Braised Pork Chops Tasting Lab - Coarse-Grain Mustard

Two Perfect Pies
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#11 - Two Perfect Pies

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/4/2010

Bridget Lancaster updates a classic recipe for Shaker Lemon Pie. Then, Julia Collin-Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make Icebox Strawberry Pie with real strawberries. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews pie plates, and finally, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of strawberry yogurt.

Old Fashioned Pork
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#12 - Old Fashioned Pork

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/18/2010

Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimballhow to make crispy Pan-Fried Pork chops. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried is reviewing vacuum sealers. And finally, Julia Collin-Davison uncovers the secrets to perfect Pork Pot Roast using a slow cooker.

Beef Meets Grill
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#13 - Beef Meets Grill

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/2/2010

Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make real Texas Barbecued Beef Ribs at home. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews paper plates, and finally, Julia Collin-Davison uncovers the secrets to preparing perfectly Char-Grilled Steaks at home. Also in the episode, homemade Classic Steak Sauce.

Everybody Loves Chocolate
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#14 - Everybody Loves Chocolate

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/9/2010

We show you how to make two sweet-tooth-satisfying desserts: Chocolate Cream Cupcakes and Texas Sheet Cake. Then tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Chris Kimball to a tasting of hot cocoa.

Hearty Italian Meals
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#15 - Hearty Italian Meals

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/16/2010

We take on two Italian classics and uncover the secrets to preparing the perfect Italian Pot Roast and foolproof Baked Manicotti at home.

Northern Cookout
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#16 - Northern Cookout

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/23/2010

Bridget Lancaster demonstrates how to make a state fair classic, Cornell Barbecued Chicken, and serves it with a side of Syracuse Salt Potatoes. Then, to round out the cookout, Julia Collin Davison brings a Midwest favorite home and prepares perfect Jucy Lucy Burgers.

The Chemistry of Cakes
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#17 - The Chemistry of Cakes

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 10/30/2010

Join us as we make a perfect Lemon Pudding Cake and foolproof Angel Food Cake. Then watch Adam Ried review two vital pieces of kitchen equipment: hand mixers and tube pans.

Southwestern Suppers
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#18 - Southwestern Suppers

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/6/2010

We reveal the test kitchen’s secrets to two Southwestern staples: Authentic Beef Enchiladas and Easy Chicken Tacos. Then, Jack Bishop challenges host Chris Kimball to a tasting of Baked Beans, and Chris shares the test kitchen’s top freezer tricks.

Breakfast Show Stoppers
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#19 - Breakfast Show Stoppers

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/13/2010

We update two lost recipes: Monkey Bread and Dutch Baby. Then, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews toasters, and tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Chris Kimball to a tasting of decaf coffee.

Chicken Two Ways
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#20 - Chicken Two Ways

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/20/2010

Our Roast Lemon Chicken features real lemon flavor, and our Chicken Parmesan cooks entirely on the stovetop. We’ll demonstrate these two recipes, as well as conduct a tasting of store-bought Chicken Noodle Soup.

Ultimate Ham Dinner
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#21 - Ultimate Ham Dinner

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 11/27/2010

Join us as we make the best Cider-Baked Ham, then prepare two tasty side dishes: quick and easy Cornmeal Biscuits and classic Delmonico Potatoes. And in the equipment corner, Adam Ried reviews electric knives.

Roast Beef Dinner
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#22 - Roast Beef Dinner

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/10/2011

Chris visits the local butcher to learn about top sirloin. Then, Bridget shows Chris how to make affordable Roast Beef and Whipped Potatoes. Next, Chris shares the test kitchen’s tips and techniques for cooking with salt. And finally, Adam reveals his picks for multi-timers.

Fancy Chicken
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#23 - Fancy Chicken

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/24/2011

Bridget shows Chris how to make the best Chicken Cordon Bleu. Next, Erin demonstrates how to cut a whole chicken. Then, Jack challenges Chris to a tasting of Black Forest deli ham. And finally, Julia uncovers the secrets to perfect Cider-Braised Chicken. Recipes: Foolproof Chicken Cordon Bleu, Apple Cider Chicken Taste Tests: Black Forest Deli Ham

Tropical Barbecue
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#24 - Tropical Barbecue

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/1/2011

Bridget reveals how to make Huli Huli Chicken right at home. Then, Jack challenges Chris to a tasting of reduced-fat potato chips. Next, Adam reveals his top picks for pastry brushes. And finally, Julia uncovers the secrets to perfect Chinese BBQ Spareribs.

Bayou Classics
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#25 - Bayou Classics

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/15/2011

Bridget shows Chris how to make the ultimate Gumbo. Then, Jack challenges Chris to a tasting of long-grain white rice. And finally, Julia updates a lost recipe and shows Chris how to make Lane Cake.

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