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July 25, 2013

Larry and I took the day off yesterday.  He had a doctor’s appointment in the morning, then we ran a few errands and had lunch.

Leaving aside the fact that it’s always nice to spend a day with him, yesterday afternoon was extra special.

We’d been invited to America’s Test Kitchen for a tour and an interview.  They’re about to start promoting a new book, and had been inviting feedback via Twitter.  We were one of the ones selected for an interview, parts of which may appear in some commercials or something.

Let me repeat the key words of that last paragraph:  America’s.  Test.  Kitchen.  tour.

Behind an unmarked door in an old Brookline brownstone and up a flight of stairs, one happens upon a typical office lobby.   A quick introduction, a stroll through the largest private cookbook collection in the country, and then we turn a corner and see this:

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The place is a marvel.  They have stockrooms and storerooms, prep rooms, and photo studio rooms.  They have a whole wall of crockpots, a whole corridor full of grills (gas and charcoal), you name it.

You walk through that door, and blammo!  You’re IN THE TEST KITCHEN.  As seen on TV.

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Fun fact:  all of the equipment in the test kitchen is home grade.  Except the exhaust hoods and the walk-in freezer.  What that means is, if a recipe works in their oven, it’ll work in yours.

After the tour we were videotaped answering various questions, telling cooking stories, etc.  That part took about 20 minutes; who knows how much they’ll use, if any.  Who cares?  We got a TOUR of AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN!!!!

And they didn’t send us away empty-handed, either.

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Three full-sized cookbooks, two best-of magazine-style cookbooks, and the current issues of their two magazines.

All in all, a great way to spend a day off.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2013 9:21 am

    Nice! I hope you’re having a nice vacation!

  2. July 31, 2013 11:55 pm


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