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Best Slow and Easy Recipes: More than 250 Foolproof, Flavor-Packed Roasts, Stews, and Braises that let the Oven Do the Work (Best Recipe) Hardcover – October 1, 2008
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The focus of this cookbook is slow-cooking. Many of the recipes are described using a crock-pot but anyone with a oven that can control its temperature in the 185 to 210 degree range can make these recipes in their oven. I've recently had started experimenting with low-temperature cooking and have been amazed how tender many cuts can become if they are not abused at high temperature. This cookbook gave me a whole new set of recipes with which I could experiment.
Yes, there is some recipe overlap with the other cookbooks, but the slowcooker section is worth it alone. The crockpot beef and barley soup, as well as the slowcooker pot roast are fabulous. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a dutch/french oven or crockpot!
This is not a crock-pot recipe book but rather a "start on the stove and finish in the oven with a Dutch oven" sort of cookbook. There are some electric slow cooker recipes and many of these dishes are easily converted to a crock-pot.
To my delight, there is plenty of stews and roasts in this book, but there is a lot more as well including dishes from all over the world, not just American slow cooked meat.
The focus of this book is not so much dumping ingredients into a pot and serving dinner 6 hours later. Many of the dishes have some more complex prep work including salts, rubs, searing meat, and adding certain veggies toward the end of the cooking time. This book will walk you through the process of making the most succulent dishes possible with taste trumping ease-of-prep in many cases. Still, the book doesn't expect you to cook all day. The result is most dishes require the bulk of the work up front (in the morning or day before serving) making the process of serving dinner at your party, or to your family after a full day of work much more relaxing and enjoyable.
Like many of the other reviewers, I purchased this book thinking it would focus more on slow cookers. For what it's worth, the slow cooker recipes are great, but they're very limited and heavy on prep and process. Most of the book focuses on other methods of slow cooking like roasting, braising, and using the Dutch Oven. Granted, I love my Dutch Oven, but I can't leave it unattended in the stove while I'm at work for 9-10 hours.
Based on the title and reviews, I was really hoping for an everyday solution for making great, slow-cooked meals with a limited amount of time and effort. However, due to the complexity of most of these recipes, I'm only able to enjoy them when I have the time and patience to dedicate a chunk of my weekend to cooking. When I do, I'm incredibly pleased with the meals, but I'm forced to reserve them for special occasions. That being said, this is by no means the everyday cookbook that I was hoping for.
In my opinion, some of the recipes in other sections of the book (i.e., braising) could be adapated for the slow cooker.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This has been one of our go-to cookbooks for a couple years. You will probably need a good Dutch oven to use the best recipes - our favorites are the en cocotte salmon, whole... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Uno
Cook's Illustrated have once again provided excellent recipes with detailed how and whys.The recipes in here are amazingly good. Read morePublished 6 months ago by sweetgeekgoddess
I hope Cooks Illustrated also produces some cookbooks for slow cookers geared for diabetics.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book- but some of the recipes are repeats from other ATK or CC cookbooks. Everything that I have made out of the cookbook has turned out excellently.Published 16 months ago by GrantVL
I love anything Cooks Illustrated does. They are always more than thorough with their instructions and they explain why they choose ingredients and the preparation method. Read morePublished 22 months ago by pinkposie