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The Italian Slow Cooker Paperback – January 7, 2010
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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. Simmered in the slow cooker, soups, stews, beans, grains, pasta sauces, and fish are as healthy as they are delicious. Polenta and risotto, "stir-crazy" dishes that ordinarily need careful timing, are effortless. Meat loaves come out perfectly moist, tough cuts of meat turn succulent, and cheesecakes emerge flawless.
Recipe Excerpts from The Italian Slow Cooker
Chicken Parmesan Heroes
The Butcher's Sauce
Chocolate Truffle Cake
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More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
For my money, this is the most enticing slow cooker cookbook out there right now. The author, Michele Scicolone, is well-known as an Italian cookbook writer. Italian cuisine, with its soups and stews and other braised dishes, is well suited to the low, steady heat of the slow cooker.
Unlike the majority of slow cooker cookbooks out there, this one does not use highly-processed shortcuts of dubious origin like condensed cream of mushroom soup, onion soup mix or pre-mixed spice packets. The results are far more flavorful and authentic.
Hint: For those of you with crockpots that don't have a programmable timer, you can buy a programmable electric outlet timer that will cut off the power to an outlet after a set time, so the food won't be overcooked.
Michele Scicolone's instructions are always accurate and easy to follow. Her invention and taste sense make this book a total delight.
I recommend this book to everyone.
People who want to make a recipe and not spend time creating it will always dislike recipes that have details. But the details are the "devel in the details" if you will. Browning the meat before you place it in the crock pot makes a huge flavor and texture difference in the end product. I want my dinner to have depth of flavor and character.
I encourage you to take the time and recreate these recipes and make your family a wonderful sit down meal they will not forget.
I really love to cook but to me a slow cooker is for, yes slow cooking but the wonderful ease of plopping ingredients in and coming back hours later to a satisfying meal, and the front cover says easy - which does not lead my mind to think of multiple preparations. That is not what most of these recipes are, so if your ideal of what a slow cooker's purpose is; just know before you get this book, that out of the total 113 recipes I counted, 53 require you to get out the skillet first and cook or brown food before you put it in. That includes more than chicken, which many say they would rather brown first; or browning-cooking onions.
Personally, the chickens I have done in a slow cooker have been fine without the browning first, so I was shocked to see so many recipes say get out the skillet; and that doesn't count the ones that said " in a saucepan cook....".
The book is very tightly bound and I had a hard time getting it to lie flat. I had to weight it with canisters on each side. The recipes are one to a page and there are quite a few pictures.
It contains recipes for: soups, sauces for pasta, risotto, polenta, grains, seafood, eggs, chicken, turkey, beef, veal, pork, lamb, vegetables, dried legumes and desserts.
So, just know that this is not the typical throw it in and let it slow cook book. The food is good and it's nice to have that slow cooker bubbling away keeping things warm; but for most recipes in here you are going to have to do some extra preparation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
GREAT RECIPE. I JUST BOUGHT ONE FOR MY SISTER.
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I'M PLANNING TO GET THE FRENCH ONE NEXT.
A definite step up from the usual slow cooker books. There may be little prep time involved in some of the recipes but well worth it. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Lady Gray
My favorite things to make are Italian.Now I have some to use in my new slow cooker.Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this book when I purchased a slow cooker. The first recipe I tried was good. Beware of the directed cooking times for some of the recipes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Not your average slow cooker book. If you like Italian you will like the recipes. Recipes use mostly fresh ingredients, not like some in which you open a jar of this and a can of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sergei
Love the recipes. Love that they all use fresh ingredients and many can be cooked in 4 hours or less so I don't have to remember to start them early in the morning.Published 1 month ago by A. L. Owen