The WORST Episodes of Cook's Country
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 15, 2021
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.
#1 - Feeding a Crowd, Italian-Style
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 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
#2 - Easy As Pie
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 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
#3 - Regional Chops
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 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
#4 - California Grilling
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 22, 2008
Bridget Lancaster teaches Christopher Kimball how to cook a garlicky tri-tip roast on the grill. She also prepares California barbecued beans and Santa Maria-style salsa. Recipes: - California Barbecue Tri-Tip and Beans - Santa Maria Salsa Tasting Lab: - Salsas Equipment Corner: - Essential Grilling Gadgets
#5 - Rise and Shine
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 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
#6 - Super Fudgy Cake
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 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
#7 - Chili and Cornbread
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 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
#8 - Southern BBQ
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 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
#9 - Fail-Safe Thanksgiving
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 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
#10 - Texas Beef Barbecue
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 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
#11 - Perfect Pork
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 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
#12 - Two Perfect Pies
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 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.
#13 - Old Fashioned Pork
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 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.
#14 - Beef Meets Grill
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 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.
#15 - Everybody Loves Chocolate
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 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.
#16 - Hearty Italian Meals
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 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.
#17 - Northern Cookout
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 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.
#18 - The Chemistry of Cakes
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 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.
#19 - Southwestern Suppers
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 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.
#20 - Breakfast Show Stoppers
Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 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.
#21 - Chicken Two Ways
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 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.
#22 - Ultimate Ham Dinner
Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 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.
#23 - Roast Beef Dinner
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 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.
#24 - Fancy Chicken
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 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
#25 - Tropical Barbecue
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 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.