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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Original edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547508042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547508047
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sample Recipe from The French Slow Cooker: Slow-Cooked Salmon with Lemon and Green Olives
Serves 6

Mild green olives are a nice contrast, in both color and flavor, to the richness of salmon. The cooking time will depend on how thick the fish is and whether you prefer it rare or well done. To check for doneness, make a small slit in the thickest part of the salmon and peek inside. For rare, the fish should appear translucent; for well done, it will be opaque and flake easily. Serve this at room temperature on a bed of baby salad greens for a perfect summer meal.

1 large lemon
2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
1/2 cup water
1 thick salmon fillet (about 2 pounds), cut into 6 pieces
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Sauce:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup chopped pitted green olives
1 tablespoon chopped fresh fl at-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon chopped rinsed capers

Thinly slice the lemon and remove the seeds. Scatter half of the shallots in a large slow cooker. Add half of the lemon slices and the water.

Rinse the salmon pieces and pat dry with paper towels. Rub the flesh side with the oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Place the salmon skin side down in the slow cooker. Scatter the remaining lemon slices and shallots on top.

Cover and cook on low for 1 to 1½ hours, or until the salmon is cooked to taste. Check for doneness by making a small slit in the thickest part.

Meanwhile, make the sauce: In a small bowl, whisk the oil with the lemon juice, zest, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the olives, parsley, and capers.

With a large spatula, transfer the salmon, lemon, and shallots to dinner plates. Drizzle with the sauce and serve hot or at room temperature.


Butternut Bisque
Serves 6 to 8

The sunny color and mild, sweet flavor of this soup make it very appealing. Serve it as a first course before a roast chicken, or pour it into mugs to enjoy with a ham sandwich.

1 large butternut squash (about 2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large sweet apple, such as Fuji or Golden Delicious, peeled, cored, and chopped
6 cups Chicken Broth, , vegetable broth, or water
Salt
1/2 cup heavy cream, plus more for garnish
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for garnish
Sliced apples, for garnish

In a large slow cooker, combine the squash, onion, apple, and broth. Add 1 teaspoon salt.

Cover and cook on low for 6 hours, or until the vegetables are very soft. Let cool slightly. Transfer the soup to a blender and puree until smooth. Add the cream and nutmeg and blend again. Reheat if necessary. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if needed.

Spoon the soup into serving bowls, drizzle each serving with a teaspoon of heavy cream, garnish with the nutmeg and apple slices, and serve hot.


Review

"Here’s what I know about savvy French home cooks: They love great tasting food. And if making that great tasting food is practical and convenient, they love it even more. I’d bet that if French cooks could get their hands on Michele Scicolone’s French Slow Cooker, which is filled with smart, practical, and convenient recipes, they’d never let it go."
— Dorie Greenspan, Around My French Table

More About the Author

MICHELE SCICOLONE

Michele Scicolone is an award winning food writer and the author of 20 cookbooks. Her latest book, THE ITALIAN VEGETABLE COOKBOOK was published in March 2014 and is a collection of 200 favorite recipes for antipasti, soups, pasta, main dishes and desserts.

THE MEDITERRANEAN SLOW COOKER, was published in January 2013. It is a collection of 125 recipes inspired by the food of the countries around the Mediterranean including Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Morocco and several others.

THE FRENCH SLOW COOKER was published in January 2012. It is a collection of classic French recipes adapted for use in the electric slow cooker (Crock Pot). Dorie Greenspan, author of Around My French Table wrote, "I'd bet that if French cooks could get their hands on Michele Scicolone's FRENCH SLOW COOKER, which is filled with smart, practical and convenient recipes, they'd never let it go."

Michele's previous book THE ITALIAN SLOW COOKER, was published in January 2010 and immediately became a bestseller. She was also one of the editors of the 75th Anniversary edition of the classic Joy of Cooking, and has written about food, wine, and travel for many publications. Previous books include 1,000 ITALIAN RECIPES and The Sopranos Family Cookbook, a #1 New York Times Best Seller that was published in 9 languages and a sequel, Entertaining with the Sopranos, both co-authored with Allen Rucker. She has also written Pizza--Anyway You Slice It!, co-authored with her husband Charles Scicolone, an Italian wine (and pizza) authority.

Michele's television appearances include Emeril Live, The CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, and Cooking Live with Sara Moulton, as well as many local television and radio programs She has taught cooking at schools around the country including De Gustibus at Macy's, Sur la Table, and the Institute for Culinary Education and has consulted for many restaurants and food companies. Michele has been a spokesperson for the Italian Trade Commission and Williams Sonoma, and lecturer on Italian culture and cuisine at Hofstra and Henderson State Universities, and The Smithsonian Institute.

Visit her website at www.MicheleScicolone.com.




Customer Reviews

So many delicious recipes--easy to prepare.
CJ
I have made the pork ribs Hunter's Style, and the Veal Shanks and The Saffron Vegetable Stew, and they were all delicious.
SherryDamore
If you are a fan of slow cookers, The French Slow Cooker is an excellent book for your kitchen bookshelf.
George Erdosh

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

146 of 154 people found the following review helpful By Maine Colonial TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 9, 2011
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I love French food and I've been exploring recipes for my slow cooker, so I was eager to check out this new cookbook. It covers soups, poultry, meat, seafood, egg dishes, vegetables, legumes and grains, and desserts, and includes chapters on using your slow cooker, the French pantry, and basic recipes that don't require a slow cooker but complement the recipes in the book. There are many mouth-watering photographs that will tempt you to try quite a few of the recipes.

The book is well organized and Scicolone writes clear directions, except that she's a little close-mouthed in some cases about exactly how to remove some of the food from the slow cooker. When presentation is important for a dish, you really want some detailed direction on that point.

I was pleased to see recipes from many different regions of France, such as Alsation Lentil Soup with Bratwurst, Provencal Vegetable Soup with Pesto, Basque Chicken, Normandy Pork with Apples and many more. Many of your classic French favorites are in the book, but also some more unusual recipes, like Spicy Curried Pork, and Rillettes (spiced potted pork).

The slow cooker method will save time and avoid quite such a huge mess when you make Cassoulet or Boeuf en Daube. That's a bonus for me, since I still have huge stains on another cookbook from the last time I made Boeuf en Daube and it was such an ordeal I haven't made it in a couple of years.

On the other hand, I did think there were quite a few recipes in the book for which I can't see the point of using a slow cooker, like quiche, soufflés, pain perdu, clafoutis, and a couple of the vegetable recipes.

This is a good, but not great, cookbook. I'd say this is a good addition to your cookbook collection if you have particular interest in French food and slow cooker recipes.
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106 of 111 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 27, 2011
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Michele Scicolone has written her 2nd slow cooker book which, as she explains in her introduction makes French cooking less intimidating. This book is not presented as easy recipes; but actually this does make French cooking easier. French cooking has a reputation for being difficult with slow simmering. The slow cooker solves this `problem', which makes it much more trouble-free. Instead of spending hours with dishes simmering over a stove they are prepared in a slow cooker. There is some preparation needed for some dishes, such as browning meat or onions, but for the majority of the dishes, with the exception of soups, the cooking and preparation is in the slow cooker.

The ingredients are common ones from the supermarket. There are tips and techniques for cooking and equipment use. A description of what should be in the French pantry is included. Recipes in the book are; soups, chicken, turkey and duck, meats, seafood, soufflés, quiches and egg dishes, vegetables, legumes and grains, desserts and basics.

Most of the soups do require being put through a sieve, a blender or a food mill. We did not have much luck with cutting the quiche we tried into wedges - getting it out of the slow cooker was a bit awkward and did not make for good looking wedges, and the taste of crustless quiches does not quite suit our family's taste. There are also suggestions to cook potatoes for a potato salad. This takes 3 hours in the slow cooker, when in most instances cooking them on the stove top or in an oven seems much more practical.
When I received this book, we had a large number of guests in our house and it was quickly put to use. We were very successful with, and everyone enjoyed the spinach and egg bouillabaisse and the Bargemen's beef stew.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Canthespam VINE VOICE on December 5, 2011
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I received this excellent slow cooker book from VINE to review. Normally I would try more than two recipes before reviewing a cook book, but based on the two that I have made so far, the Bargeman's Beef Stew and the Pork Ribs Hunter's Style, I am now a big fan of Michele Sciolone and will be buying her Italian Slower Cooker book. I like her ingredients and the straight forward way she writes. Both of these recipes were easy to make and the results were even better than I had expected. I love that numerous and varied spices and seasonings are used and I didn't have to improvise once they were done. My butcher didn't have country ribs on the bone, so I got the boneless and cut them in half. They worked very well. The recipe called for 8 hours of cooking time, but mine were done in a little over four. I guess because I browned them well and using relatively smaller pieces would account for that.

I know that you aren't suppose to 'peek' during cooking, but about about half way through most recipes, I feel an overwhelming need to stir. I am a long time and regular stove top maker of numerous slow cooked dishes and soups, it goes against my nature to 'set and forget'. So maybe it adds a few more minutes to the cooking time, but I am in no hurry.

These recipes do require advance prep, sauteing onions, etc and browning the meat, but I love to cook, so I don't mind doing the prep work.

I do not serve slow cooker or stove top slow cooked food the same day as I make them. I refrigerate them overnight, skim the fat, and then serve. Makes a world of difference flavor wise - including the two dishes above, from this book.
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