MAKE:TNT Tools 'n' Tips

The Best Kitchen Quick Tips

Ever thought of using your washing machine as an ice chest for parties? How about adding balsamic vinegar to the water you boil eggs in so you can tell them apart from the raw ones in your fridge? The editors of Cook=92s Illustrated have anticipated and solved your every problem in this amazingly complete collection of kitchen tips, beautifully illustrated with black and white drawings.

Some of the tips are a little weak, but others are a totally fresh take on an age-old problem, like preventing ice cream cones from leaking. (Just stuff the bottom with mini marshmallows; why not make a good thing better?) If your bookshelves are already groaning, all the tips are available on for members ($3.95 a month, or $24.95 a year).