If you only watch the Food Network, you are missing out on the best cooking show on television: America’s Test Kitchen. America’s Test Kitchen is on PBS and is produced by Chris Kimball, the creator of Cook’s Illustrated. There is also a spin-off show (with some down-home, Southern recipes) called Cook’s Country. The recipes on America’s Test Kitchen are tested dozens, sometimes close to a hundred times to ensure that they taste amazing and turn out great every single time.
America’s Test Kitchen explains the science behind cooking (kind of like Alton Brown) and they do taste tests on common ingredients (like peanut butter and pasta sauce brands). I have several of their cook books and every single recipe is amazing. You can pay to get their recipes online or to receive their magazine. They also have a radio show, all episodes from season one are posted, and a blog,
Here is a fantastic recipe for banana bread (Julia is my favorite chef):