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A Pleasant Little Kitchen Discovers Our Foolproof Method for Roasting Chicken

Our cookbook changed the way one food blogger approaches roasting chicken.
By Published Aug. 24, 2018

The first cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen devoted to the art and science of roasting, How to Roast Everything pulls together decades of test kitchen experience and knowledge to help you roast everything from meat and fish to vegetables and fruit.


Rebecca from A Pleasant Little Kitchen knows the value of developing cooking skills, like roasting, that you can take with you for years to come. “Roasting meat and vegetables is one of the best kitchen skills to acquire,” she writes. “The ability to cook with an oven is a valuable skill, that once mastered, allows you the cook to roast almost anything without a recipe.”

She found our cookbook, How to Roast Everything, perfect for every home cook: “Regardless of where you are in your cooking journey How to Roast Everything will help on many levels. If you are a new cook it will introduce to you the skills needed to roast well. Whereas for the seasoned cook, it will hone and develop this cooking technique with its signature Test Kitchen creativity and preciseness.”

How to Roast Everything is a kitchen staple, just like roasting. I promise you will grow as a cook and get especially hungry for dinner.
Spice-rubbed roast chickenYogurt sauce for roasted chicken

“I’ve cooked through a handful of recipes from this fantastic book and each one has been a complete success that has taught me how to roast smarter,” she writes on her blog. “These recipes are approachable with very specific directions for achieving the perfect outcome.”

Of all the recipes Rebecca made, the Roasted Spice-Rubbed Chicken was a "stand-out.” Not only is roast chicken one of her favorite comfort foods, but she found that the recipe's steps elevated it beyond an everyday version. According to Rebecca, those steps—slashing the chicken skin before seasoning, refrigerating the chicken at least 6 hours before roasting, and increasing the oven temperature from 425 to 500 degrees mid-roast—will change the way she roasts chicken.

How to Roast Everything is a kitchen staple, just like roasting,” she says of our cookbook. “I promise you will grow as a cook and get especially hungry for dinner.”

What’s your favorite food to roast? Tell us in the comments below and click here to view the recipe on Rebecca’s blog!