You don’t want to miss these showdowns

Most of us love a good competition – which is why we’ll be glued to our screens as soon as the Great British Bake Off returns tomorrow (we have to wait longer here in the US so no spoilers, please). There is another friendly competition that ticks the boxes for us cookbook lovers can be found at Book Riot, which hosts a running feature titled Cookbook Showdown.

Cookbook Showdown pits four different recipes for the same dish from popular cookbooks against each other in side-by-side test to determine which recipe (and therefore which book) comes out on top. You can argue that it is impossible to choose a winner based on one recipe, but making a recipe from a book will certainly clue you in to how the author approaches the subject, an important part of whether you will enjoy the book.

The most recent Cookbook Showdown featured four buttermilk biscuit (US style) recipes from The Up South Cookbook by Nicole A. Taylor, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat, EveryDayCook by Alton Brown, and Dessert Person by Claire Saffitz. (Don’t ask me how they chose the books – I am only the messenger.) Samin Nosrat’s Light and flaky buttermilk biscuits won this showdown. There are three other showdowns with tests of hummus, apple pie, and sourdough recipes.

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  • gamulholland  on  September 21, 2021

    My husband has done this with mac & cheese, although I think he got most of the recipes from newspapers and magazines. And I have recipes I want to compare in the categories: shakshuka, tortilla soup, and sesame chicken or tofu. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • annmartina  on  September 21, 2021

    I loved looking at these. They are very smart to have comments turned off.

  • vglong29  on  September 22, 2021

    The blog does a similar thing. She usually cooks the same dish from at least 9 different books or popular blogs. It’s how I found my now-favorite banana bread recipe, the one in Flour by Joanne Chang.

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