After 20 years in the test kitchen, we've discovered the best methods for approaching essential cooking techniques and a wide range of recipes. We also know what questions home cooks will have, and what problems they'll face. In this landmark project, we share everything we've learned, from simple knife skills and cookery fundamentals, such as whipping egg whites, to perfecting recipes like pepper-curated filets mignons and layer cakes. This is a book that will make anyone, no matter their skill level, a better cook. More than 3,000 step-by-step color photos and almost 200 cooking lessons show you how things should be done, and captions featuring the voice of the test kitchen tell you why. It's like having an expert by your side every step of the way, guaranteeing success and making you a more skilled cook at every turn.