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Recipes have too many ingredients, not enough flavor
on February 25, 2010
I bought this book at a Crate & Barrel because I recently have been using my slow cooker and wanted some more "gourmet" recipes. For a really great one, try [...]'s Chicken Provencal Stew. Blows your socks off (if you follow the reviewers suggestions)!
I've now tried 2 recipes from this book. The first, the Bistro Stew, was a horrible failure. So little seasoning that my boyfriend commented that all he could taste was beef, wine, and thyme. Having made other slow cooker recipes, I suspected the requirements were on the low side, but since I didn't have the reviewer suggestions, I went ahead and followed the recipe. Very disappointing when you consider the cost of all the ingredients and the time involved. I thought about returning the book, but I had already bought ingredients for two other recipes.
The next recipe I tried was the pumpkin soup, which was a lot better. That was probably because I doubled all the seasonings (or tripled in some cases) and added more cheese and cream. Half a teaspoon of white pepper for over four quarts of liquid seems really bland to me!
This book also requires an immense amount of prep work and most recipes have a long ingredient list. I think the investment in quality ingredients is important, and I don't mind some prep work. But the point of a slow cooker is to avoid spending hours in the kitchen making dinner, and I don't think this book has addressed that.
All in all, I'd say I'm pretty disappointed in the book.