It's really 'a problem in search of a solution' as a good turkey needs nothing other than a light coating of butter or olive oil and proper cooking to deliver a nicely browned skin and tender meat. Kimball seems to delite in trying to discover new ways to cook something when there are simple tried and true techniques available. Maybe it's a way to sell the Magazine?-Dick
Because something is good, why can't a different method be different good or even better?
If you read the magazine articles (BTW I have given up reading them) you will find they hand the problem to a novice who literally makes the mistakes that a novice would make and them comes up with some new fired method that is a 'discovery'! Usually the method is convoluted and is actually more work then a tried and true technique.
The rational plays upon the phychological belief that there is always something new and better and the 'Pitch Man' has that answer. Cook's Illustrated is like an old fashioned Carnival Pitch, take the money and run.
For example, an article on how to cook a beef tenderloin, never addresses the different USDA Grades that are available. Most of the work in preparing a nice tenderloin is procuring the right grade and actual preperation of the meat i.e. trimming and cutting. Cooking is as simple as can be but leave it to Cook's to come up with a convoluted method.EOT-Dick