America’s Test Kitchen: Season Twelve

June 23, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

America’s Test Kitchen is public television’s most watched cooking show, a series that focuses on the fundamentals. Christopher Kimball serves as our main host, but he is joined by several other gifted chefs. This team goes over recipes with a fine tooth comb, mixes things up a little, and tries to find the best possible formulas for the featured recipes. But in addition to recipes, the group also puts all things kitchen to the test. From kitchen gadgets to ingredients, America’s Test Kitchen puts it all through exhaustive research to uncover what works and what doesn’t. You can find out whether or not that accessory you’ve been eyeing is worth the cost, as well as which type of ingredients to pick up at your local market. The real draw is the cooking though, presented in a basic, easy to follow fashion that instills all the knowledge you need to make your own projects a success. So don’t be overwhelmed when it comes to cooking, just trust in America’s Test Kitchen.

I am not a fan of cooking shows, not even the Food Network’s hyper style of programs. So when I tell you I enjoyed America’s Test Kitchen, that is a statement I didn’t expect to make. This series runs on PBS and offers a reserved, common sense approach to the topic, one that resonates and provides terrific information. As I said above, the show deals in several dishes each episode, but also talks about kitchen gadgets, quality ingredients, and basic kitchen problems. This means that while you might not want to cook the specific entrees shown, there is still good reason to tune in. I can barely boil water, but after this season of America’s Test Kitchen, I do have a better grasp on the kitchen experience. So while it might not have the bells & whistles of some shows, you actually learn with America’s Test Kitchen, and you learn often. Anyone with even a minor interest in cooking would be well served to check out America’s Test Kitchen: Season Twelve.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The show looks good, with a clear and clean image. I wouldn’t say it looks great per se, but it looks more than solid. The visuals look natural, with warm colors and accurate contrast, while no artifacts or other digital errors surface. All in all, the episodes look quite good.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio is, as you can imagine, centered around the dialogue. After all, this is a cooking show, not an action adventure series. The vocals sound excellent, each line is clear and audible at all times. A little bit of sizzle or what not can be heard also, while the small bits of music sound good also. So as far as cooking shows are concerned, we couldn’t really ask for much more, as this sounds rock solid.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The lone supplement is a collection of all 51 recipes, in a printable format.

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