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Finally a book that combines the fresh, exuberant flavors of great Italian food with the ease and comfort of a slow cooker. Michele Scicolone, a best-selling author and an authority on Italian cooking, shows how good ingredients and simple techniques can lift the usual "crockpot" fare into the dimension of fine food. Pasta with Meat and Mushroom Ragu, Osso Buco with Red Wine, Chicken with Peppers and Mushrooms: These are dishes that even the most discriminating cook can proudly serve to company, yet all are so carefree that anyone with just five or ten minutes of prep time can make them on a weekday and return to perfection.
Recipe Excerpts from The Italian Slow Cooker
Chicken Parmesan Heroes
The Butcher's Sauce
Chocolate Truffle Cake
Scicolone (The Sopranos Family Cookbook) turns her attention to the slow cooker (or crockpot) for preparing homey Italian dishes. In this accessible cookbook, she presents unintimidating recipes (which often suggest the ingredients simmer around 165 degrees for six to eight hours) that serve up hearty dishes with a minimum of fuss. The wide variety of main dishes—seafood, meats, veggies and legumes—and corresponding soups and sauces, capitalize on the flavor that only slow-cooked food can deliver. The sauces are the book's standouts, with recipes for ragus made with chunky pork shoulder or spicy Tuscan sausage, for example. She also includes recipes for a creamy polenta with gorgonzola and mascarpone; risotto-style farro with parmesan; seafood couscous made with halibut, shrimp and scallops; and braised beef with anchovies and rosemary. While her approach is certainly inventive and appealing, some recipes make one wonder whether a slow cooker is actually necessary (the stuffed peppers might be baked just as easily). That said, this cookbook will certainly relieve the time pressure on busy family cooks. (Dec.)
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Tasty dishes in this book! Most have a bit of prep work, so they take some time, but overall a good cook book!Published 18 days ago by jessbuck
The only recipe I made from this book so far is the Tuscan Seafood Stew. I have made it 3 times already! Everyone loves this recipe. Read morePublished 1 month ago by seablue
I live in Italy 3 months out of the year and the rest of the time in Asia and Australia. Love this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lydia Dorfman
There's no easy and quick recipes here. Everything needs prepping before putting into the slow cooker. Not worth the time or effort to read or cook any of the recipes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LadyJune
Ok book on slow cooking but not as functionally written as I had expectedPublished 2 months ago by Daniel H. Grant