The Side Dish Bible

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A roadmap to help home cooks round out and enhance any meal.

Every cook struggles over making side dishes, from choosing what goes best with the main course to getting stuck in a rut making the same tired green beans and rice. But this destined-to-be-dog-ear’d compendium of side dishes changes all that. More thorough than any other cookbook, our first complete compilation of side dishes offers over 1,001 perfect recipes for tonight and every night, whether you only have a few minutes or need your next dinner party go-to.

We structure the book to help you choose the perfect side based on the kind of meal you’re planning. Busy weeknight? Flip to Basics You Can Count On for quick, simple, satisfying sides. Want the perfect pairing for a wintery roast? Look to Roast Your Vegetables for foolproof roasting methods and flavorful preparations. For easy reference, icons mark which recipes are Fast (30 minutes or less), Make Ahead (can be made at least 4 hours in advance), and/or Vegan. We’ve also included dozens of recipes for spice blends and sauces that add texture and flavor such as Za’atar, Dukkah, Sriracha Mayo, and Parsley-Lemon Compound Butter.

Side Dishes for All Occassions:

Need Weeknight Inspiration?
Skillet-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Pecorino Romano

These 10-minute Brussels Sprouts are deeply browned on the cut sides while still bright green on the uncut sides and crisp-tender within. It's a basic you can count on!

Having Company?
Eggplant Pecorino

This spin on "eggplant parm" upends the concept of the traditional casserole by showcasing (rather than masking) the eggplant as savory, faintly biter, buttery, and satisfying.

Potatoes Your Thing?
Roasted Spiralized Sweet Potatoes with Walnuts and Feta

Spiralized sweet potatoes make a beautiful yet simple side dish. This fun take on potatoes takes less than 30 minutes and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Got Bread?
Almost No-Knead Bread

Artisan-style bakery loaves take professional skills to make, right? Wrong. Not only is it possible to make a rustic load for your table, it's easy, too, with the no-knead method.

Editorial Reviews

"The America’s Test Kitchen team elevates the humble side dish to center stage in this excellent collection of 1,001 recipes...Benefiting from the clarity that comes from experience and experiments, ATK shows off its many sides in this comprehensive volume."
-Publisher's Weekly

"You will find over a thousand in the latest installment to the America’s Test Kitchen book series. From “potatoes every way,” to veggies, grains, salads and even bread, this cookbook has something for everyone’s taste (and skill level)."

"This hefty book should become a go-to reference for home cooks; it’s a winning combination of mind-boggling variety paired with trustworthiness."
- San Diego Union Tribune

"The mission of this book by America’s Test Kitchen is to aid cooks in navigating side dish possibilities, and they succeed by providing a variety of vegetables, salads, breads, and more...VERDICT Don’t know what to make for your next potluck or dinner party? This book offers a wealth of ideas and is a natural fit for public libraries with expansive cooking collections."
- Library Journal


Recipes: 1,001
Format: Hardcover

Pages: 512
Item Number: CQ25
Item Weight: 4.2 pounds

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Make-Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole

Take your holiday table up a notch this season while reducing the stress of cooking! Savory, rustic, and rich bread stuffing is a staple of any holiday spread. This herby stuffing is moist throughout with a crispy, crunchy top. Make it a day in advance and bake the day-of to save time on the big day!

Arugula Salad with Figs, Prosciutto, Walnuts, and Parmesan

Every dinner party host needs a salad that's simple to make but impressive and this one delivers in spades. Figs and prosciutto, a classic duo, combine perfectly with peppery arugula for a salad that explodes with flavor in each bite: sweet, salty, and spicy.

Grilled Tomatoes

Get fired up with these grilled tomatoes! Grilling enhances tomatoes with smoky char while preserving their summer taste. Even better, you can make these ahead of time or double the recipe if your gearing up to feed a crowd!

The Trifecta: Make-Ahead, Fast, & Vegan
Curried Rice Salad

You can't go wrong with this perfect rice salad. Fresh lime juice delivers fruity, tart notes, while raisins plumped in a lime juice-sugar mixture add chewy sweetness.