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Busy People's Slow Cooker Cookbook Hardcover-spiral – June 11, 2003
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I ordered this book but was surprised by some of the ingredients. While most of the recipes are quite low in fat, they're not very healthy, at least not by my standards. Several recipes call for "fat-free non-dairy refrigerated creamer" as a thickener. The very idea of putting non-dairy creamer into a main dish repulsed me. Condensed soups, the juice from a pickle jar, and bottled salad dressings are other ingredients used for flavor. The recipe using pickle juice was also just too much for me! I passed that one up.
The author seemed to work hard to make recipes that were low in fat but ended up with a lot of processed ingredients. Personally, I'd rather have more natural ingredients, even if they add some fat. Some of the recipes didn't taste homemade--they tasted like they came from a box--hamburger helper style--because of all the processed ingredients. I was really disappointed to serve a home-cooked meal that tasted like it came out of a box. Some recipes weren't really recipes, in my opinion. Chicken cooked in salad dressing, pork cooked in bottled BBQ sauce--you get the idea. If you're new to cooking, however, these ideas may be new to you and you may find them helpful. The author also has a fabulous way to cook vegetables at the same time as your main dish--so you can truly have your whole meal finished in the slow cooker.
I give the book 4 stars because it lives up to its name--it is great for busy people--and it doesn't claim to be healthy. If you don't mind processed ingredients, you may love this book. If you want more of a natural, whole-foods approach, this isn't the book for you.
Let me interject that I consider myself a good cook -- I am a stay-at-home-mom and take pride in having home-cooked meals every single night. After studying the book I was disappointed to see so many preprepared ingredients and frozen vegetables, but I realize it's a "Busy People's" book and she's trying to save time.
However, keeping that thought in mind, I was surprised to see many recipes that had cooking times from one to five hours. If people are "busy", aren't they likely at work for eight to ten hours (including commute time)?
Also, many of the dishes have the same ingredients with just an ingredient or so different. Perhaps they should have been listed as an alternative rather than a totally separate "recipe" that seemed just to pad the book. Also, many many of the recipes use cream soups which have dairy that one of my daughters is allergic to, so those are out... cream of mushroom soup is used a ton and my husband hates mushrooms, so those are out. Since so many of the recipes are so similar and have an ingredient my family doesn't like, we're out of luck on a good portion of the book. I may have to make my own dairy-free "cream" of chicken soup stock and try using that.
But even with all those problems with the book, I was really excited to get cooking.
So far I've been disappointed with every single thing I've cooked from this book.Read more ›
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Love this book, I have a copy of this cookbook already, I am relocating and wanted another copy at my new house, not a bad recipe in the book.Published 1 day ago by Gerrie
using this book every day and my daughter uses it too a must havePublished 13 months ago by Sheila Chandler
Well what do these stars represent? good-- bad or WHAT? you need to make each star what it represents. I really do like it well enough I order two more for my friends.Published on December 30, 2013 by Gennie Gomer
This is an amazing cookbook. It was a gift several years ago and sat in my cookbook cabinet without ever being opened. Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by C.I.A.