America's Test Kitchen blooper reel
knows all. Or, at least, he knows way too much
about the strange and deviant culinary flailings going on in America's
kitchens. In addition to spurning traditional ad-revenue model and
staying afloat thanks to subscriber dollars, Kimball's magazines and
PBS TV shows -- Cook's Illustrated, Cook's Country, and America's Test Kitchen
-- rely on reader/viewer polling to determine what recipes Kimball's
crew will be exhaustively researching and scientifically supercharging
in their top-secret Brookline Village lab. (For any Food Network lovers
who are unfamiliar with ATK, it's basically Good Eats
without the cartoon sound effects and giant Styrofoam prop models of yeast
vacuoles -- but sometimes they make Kimball wear wacky hats.)
Considering that it takes ATK months to refine their recipes, they
wanna make sure their audience will be enthusiastic about them. But
sometimes the comment cards reveal a bit too much of the dark side of
home cooking. For instance:
-Nobody seems to know whether chickens have one breast or two ... although there are plenty of people who would vehemently defend the two-breast position. To which we respond: Yikes.
-Most people's knives are about as sharp as Tara Reid.
-The most popular ATK recipe of all time: green bean casserole. Who says this is the United States of Arugula?
-And what does America do with the recipes Kimball & Co. so
painstakingly prepare? In his words: "You never follow them. EVER." In
one particularly egregious case of kitchen improvisation, an ATK fan
decided to tenderize her pork cutlet by backing over it in her SUV. So
much for standard operating procedure.