On-Air Highlights

Reclaim, revive and restore classic American recipes

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Aug 31, 2017 11:35 AM

Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen launches season 10 with hosts Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison at the helm. Bridget and Julia have been fixtures on the show from the very beginning, sharing their cooking skills and deep knowledge of food history with viewers through the hundreds of recipes they've prepared on air as test cooks. Now, they're heading into the Cook's Country test kitchen to bring you equipment reviews, taste tests, and honest-to-goodness American recipes for the home cook.  Watch the new season of Cook's Country on WITF Fridays at 1:00pm.

The series also features the popular segments viewers know and love. Jack Bishop challenges Bridget and Julia to taste kitchen staples in front of a live audience. He reveals the test kitchen's top recommendations for hot dogs, apple cider vinegar, fettuccine, sauerkraut, and more. Adam Ried, the test kitchen's equipment expert, takes the hosts through his top equipment recommendations for the home cook -- from kitchen timers to Dutch ovens.

This season Bridget and Julia are joined by new test cooks Ashley Moore, Bryan Roof and Christie Morrison, who test and create America's favorite recipes from Cook's Country magazine. Ashley, Bryan and Christie deconstruct each recipe, from barbecue chicken thighs and Mississippi mud pie to crispy parmesan potatoes, to reveal the secrets to foolproof cooking at home.

Bridget and Julia continue to share their cooking expertise and food knowledge by introducing the origins of numerous new recipes including Southern-style smothered chicken, the classic Latin dish arroz con pollo, grilled bourbon steaks, and more. Each introduction is accompanied by vintage photography and art for the featured recipe. In addition, Cook's Country editors tour every corner of America and bring their favorite regional discoveries -- like citrus-braised pork tacos, garlic fried chicken, potato-cheddar pierogi, and fluffy baked polenta -- back to the test kitchen where they are translated for the home cook.

About the hosts -

Julia Collin Davison is executive editor for the book division of America's Test Kitchen, host of America's Test Kitchen, and host of Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen. She began working as a test cook for Cook's Illustrated in 1999 and is responsible for food and recipe development for all America's Test Kitchen cookbooks. She holds an A.O.S. degree from the Culinary Institute of America and a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from SUNY Albany. Before coming to America's Test Kitchen, Julia worked in Albany, the Berkshires, San Francisco, and the Napa Valley at several restaurants, catering companies, schools, and wineries.

Bridget Lancaster is the executive editor for new media and television at America's Test Kitchen, host of America's Test Kitchen, and host of Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen, as well as a regular contributor to the public radio program The Splendid Table. She joined the Cook's Illustrated team in 1998 and is an original cast member of both television shows. Bridget currently serves as the lead instructor for the America's Test Kitchen Online Cooking School and helps develop courses for the school. Her earlier career led her to cook in restaurant kitchens in the South and Northeast, concentrating on pastry.

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