Pam Anderson's infallible renditions of favorite dishes have made her America's most trusted cook. Millions know her and have come to depend on her recipes--in her weekly column, her award-winning books, and her many national television appearances. Her audience just keeps on growing. In CookSmart, Anderson returns with more than one hundred best-ever recipes that everyone needs. She knows that today's cooks don't have time for less-than-perfect results, and she is also familiar with the pitfalls that can undermine an ideal version of a dish--or keep people from making it at all. For CookSmart, Anderson has created oven-cooked ribs that are every bit as succulent as those barbecued all day over a fire, an effortless chicken Parmesan that will be an instant family hit, a pasta salad that (for once!) tastes as good as it looks, a creamy Caesar salad that doesn't rely on raw eggs, and a voluptuous chocolate cake that's as easy to make as a boxed mix. Anderson not only gives cooks impeccable dishes but in the process imparts a wealth of culinary knowledge. Her essays in the thirty-five chapters read like concise detective stories, detailing her inexorable quest for perfection.