The Lists of Lists

No matter the experience level, every cook can improve kitchen skills by mastering a short list of new recipes. We recommend choosing five recipes in our book of 100 and make them each five times over the next three or four months. If you need inspiration, here are some fun lists to start. Got more ideas? We’d love to hear them in the comments.

Top 5 Recipes for the Reluctant Cook

Bulletproof and Nearly Impossible to Mess Up
Smashed Potatoes (page 38)
Maple-Glazed Pork Roast (page 76)
French Chicken in a Pot (page 135)
Pasta Caprese (page 180)
Creamless Creamy Tomato Soup (page 194)

Top 5 Recipes for the Tired Cook

Go-to Dishes That Get Dinner on the Table with a Minimum of Fuss
Weeknight Roast Chicken (page 60)
Crispy Pan-Fried Pork Chops (page 74)
Pan-Seared Shrimp (page 82)
Spaghetti with Pecorino Romano and Pepper (page 168)
Skillet Meaty Lasagna (page 176)

Top 5 Recipes for the Serious Cook

Cool Dishes That Announce Your Food Cred
Juicy Pub-Style Burgers (page 102)
Grilled Blackened Red Snapper (page 148)
Indonesian-Style Fried Rice (page 247)
Pork Lo Mein (page 298)
Vietnamese Beef Pho (page 304)

Top 5 Recipes to Make with Kids

Easy Enough for Children to Master and Eventually Make on Their Own
Perfect Scrambled Eggs (page 8)
Foolproof Vinaigrette (page 18)
Classic Macaroni and Cheese (page 36)
Blueberry Pancakes (page 54)
Chewy Brownies (page 120)

Top 5 Recipes to Teach Your Teenagers

Easy to Execute, Even in a Cramped Dorm or Studio Apartment
Perfect Fried Eggs (page 11)
Pasta with Garlic and Oil (Aglio e Olio) (page 22)
Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli with Oyster Sauce (page 64)
Crisp Roasted Potatoes (page 42)
Quinoa Pilaf with Herbs and Lemon (page 212)

Top 5 Recipes for Two

Easily Scaled Down and Perfect for Date Night
Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (page 51)
Poached Salmon with Herb and Caper Vinaigrette (page 145)
Cheese Soufflé (page 188)
Grilled Argentine Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce (page 310)
Pork Schnitzel (page 314)

Top 5 Recipes You Can Make Without a Trip to the Supermarket

What to Make from Pantry Staples and a Bare Fridge
Fluffy Omelet (page 14)
Quick Tomato Sauce (page 28)
Rice Pilaf (page 45)
Almost Hands-Free Risotto with Parmesan (page 254)
Ultimate Banana Bread (page 224)

Top 5 Recipes for the Budget-Minded Cook

Cheap Ingredients Can Deliver Luxe Flavor
Slow-Roasted Beef (page 158)
Grilled Steak with New Mexican Chile Rub (page 150)
Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder with Peach Sauce (page 161)
Moroccan Chicken with Olives and Lemon (page 276)
Tortilla Soup (page 291)

Top 5 Recipes for the Health-Minded Cook

“Good for You” Doesn’t Have to be Boring or Bland
Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts (page 57)
Crunchy Oven-Fried Fish (page 80)
Perfect Poached Chicken Breasts (page 132)
Grilled Glazed Pork Tenderloin Roast (page 164)
Grilled Thai Beef Salad (page 302)

Top 5 Recipes for the Traditional Cook

Familiar Recipes Made Even Better
Classic Basil Pesto (page 25)
Pan-Seared Thick-Cut Strip Steaks (page 70)
Classic Chicken Noodle Soup (page 94)
Modern Beef Burgundy (page 154)
Chocolate Pots de Crème (page 334)

Top 5 Recipes for the Novice Baker

Dead-Simple Stuff for Cooks Who Don’t Bake Much
Drop Biscuits (page 111)
All-Purpose Cornbread (page 114)
Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies (page 117)
Almost No-Knead Bread (page 220)
Skillet Apple Pie (page 227)

Top 5 Recipes for the Accomplished Baker

When You’re Ready to Tackle a Project
Blueberry Pie (page 126)
Fluffy Yellow Layer Cake with Chocolate Frosting (page 230)
Rosemary Focaccia (page 324)
British-Style Currant Scones (page 321)
Italian Almond Cake (page 328)

Top 5 Recipes for Vegetarians

Hearty Mains Everyone Will Enjoy
Spring Vegetable Pasta (page 170)
Farmhouse Vegetable and Barley Soup (page 198)
Creamy Parmesan Polenta (page 216)
Rice and Lentils with Crispy Onions (Mujaddara) (page 244)
Indian Curry with Potatoes, Cauliflower, Peas, and Chickpeas (page 266)

Top 5 Recipes That Will Change Your Mind

See Common Vegetables in a Whole New Light
Roasted Broccoli (page 48)
Creamy Cauliflower Soup (page 192)
Braised Red Potatoes with Lemon and Chives (page 204)
Slow-Cooked Whole Carrots (page 210)
Mexican-Style Grilled Corn (page 262)

Top 5 Recipes for Anyone Bored with Chicken

Shake Up Plain Old Chicken with These Big Flavors
Peruvian Roast Chicken with Garlic and Lime (page 273)
Tandoori Chicken (page 279)
Filipino Chicken Adobo (page 282)
Thai-Style Chicken with Basil (page 285)
Grilled Chicken Souvlaki (page 288)

Top 5 Recipes for a Lazy Sunday Afternoon

When You Want to Hang Around the Kitchen All Day
Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs for a Crowd (page 32)
Classic Pot Roast (page 86)
Best Chicken Stew (page 142)
Hearty Tuscan Bean Stew (page 270)
Spicy Mexican Shredded Pork (Tinga) Tostadas (page 318)

Top 5 Recipes to Make for the Holidays

When Getting the Classics Right Really Matters
Roast Beef Tenderloin (page 66)
Braised Turkey with Gravy (page 105)
Glazed Spiral-Sliced Ham (page 108)
Mashed Sweet Potatoes (page 206)
Glazed Butter Cookies (page 123)

Top 5 Recipes for a Potluck

Portable and Popular—and They Won’t Break the Bank
Sweet and Tangy Barbecued Chicken (page 90)
Baked Manicotti (page 174)
French Potato Salad with Mustard and Herbs (page 183)
Best Vegetarian Chili (page 200)
Enchiladas Verdes (page 294)

Top 5 Recipes for a Casual Party

Crowd Pleasers that Start the Celebration
Ultimate Beef Chili (page 98)
Barbecued Pulled Chicken (page 138)
Cuban-Style Black Beans and Rice (page 240)
Grilled Fish Tacos (page 260)
Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Filling (page 234)

Top 5 Recipes for an Elegant Dinner Party

Sophisticated Fare for Saturday Night
Paella (page 250)
Salad with Herbed Baked Goat Cheese (page 186)
Pork and Cabbage Potstickers (page 256)
Catalan-Style Beef Stew with Mushrooms (page 308)
Perfect Latin Flan (page 330)


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