America's Test Kitchen is like a 2,500-square-foot gift from Boston to the world. And it just keeps giving.
But rather than six-course dinners, their chefs produce "Cook's Illustrated" and "Cook's Country" magazines (as well as their eponymous public television show), and test recipes to understand the way food and kitchen equipment works best.
They get paid to to play with food, and everybody wins.
For their latest book, "Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done," out Nov. 10, the intrepid chefs anthologized more than 1,000 solutions to kitchen dilemmas -- some common, many we didn't even know we needed to fix.
For example, potato chips make great kindling for lighting your charcoal grill (place a handful of chips on a paper coffee filter at the bottom of the grill and set it on fire under a chimney. The oily chips will burn slowly, making sure your charcoal gets fiery hot).
The editors categorized their tips into groups for the lazy, for recycling, for single people, and for home bartenders. While all the hacks are great, we were mostly excited about the coffee tricks: Here are their selections, presented with illustrations by John Burgoyne, for getting that early morning jolt of caffeine into your face faster and with more ease.
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