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Try out these delicious kosher recipes from Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes for Roasted Parsnip and Jerusalem Artichoke Soup, Cholent, and Kishke.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (August 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470260890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470260890
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Product Description

An inspiring collection of kosher recipes-from the simple to the sublime-all created with the slow cooker.

In Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes, the encore to her classic book, Jewish Cooking for All Seasons, Laura Frankel, a respected kosher chef and mother of three teenagers, shares more than 120 easy, delicious recipes for everyday and holiday meals-- all conveniently prepared in the slow cooker-a staple of Sabbath cooking which Frankel affectionately calls her "Shabbat miracle machine."

In this delicious collection, you'll find

  • A wonderful range of dishes, from the traditional Sabbath Cholent (a hearty beef and potato stew) and Dafina (the savory Moroccan answer to cholent), as well as Falling-Off-the-Bone Short Ribs, Vegetarian Chili, Spicy Chicken Meatballs, Olive Oil Poached Halibut, Garlicky Pot Roast, Cassoulet, Maple-Pecan Bread Pudding, and Key Lime Cheesecake
  • Frankel's signature blending of flavor, convenience, and world-spanning influences
  • A tantalizing collection of mouth-watering recipes that you can make for any meal, from appetizers and soups to main dishes, sides, and even desserts and breakfast

Taking familiar favorites, international specialties, and holiday classics to a whole new level, Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes is for every home cook-kosher or not-longing for time-saving, family-pleasing slow cooker meals using the freshest, high-quality ingredients available in your local supermarket and food community.

Browse Recipe Excerpts

Roasted Parsnip and Jerusalem Artichoke Soup
Cholent
Kishke

From the Inside Flap

Cooking / Regional & Ethnic / Jewish & Kosher

When chef Laura Frankel's family decided to keep kosher, they agreed to give up pork, shellfish, and the combination of milk and meat. But they didn't agree to give up taste. So Frankel focused her culinary talents on creating kosher food that is every bit as refined as its nonkosher counterpart. The restaurant she opened, Shallots, was soon acclaimed nationwide as a premier example of fine kosher cooking. While Frankel's passion for ingredients and exciting cooking was successful at work, her meals at home were not nearly as inspired. How could the chef-mother cook great meals at home without the elaborate prep of restaurant meals? The answer was sitting in her kitchen: the slow cooker.

That "Shabbat miracle machine," as Frankel calls it, was already getting a weekly workout as a way to provide a warm, satisfying lunch while observing the Sabbath ban on cooking. Once she realized the slow cooker could produce satisfying, creative meals all week long, Frankel's culinary imagination was off and running. Soon she was delighting her family with sophisticated yet simple new dishes, all using ingredients she found in her local market. In Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes, Frankel shares more than 120 easy, enticing recipes for everyday meals and holiday favorites that make amazing use of the humble, ever-reliable slow cooker, including:

Appetizers: Hummos or Hot Wings, Kreplach or Artichoke Caponata—whether you need a little nosh or a full-on fress, dishes to whet every appetite.

Soups: Italian Pumpkin, Indian-spiced Mulligatawny, Tex-Mex Chili, Senegalese Peanut—it's a United Nations of hearty, warming meals-in-a-bowl.

Entrees: International favorites like Moroccan Chicken and Duck Confit meet Jewish classics like Cholent, Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, and dozens more.

Sides: Luscious dishes to complete any meal—some made on the stove, others in the slow cooker—include Toasted Capellini, Carrots with Dried Currants, and Kasha Varnishkes.

Desserts and Breakfasts: Whatever you crave, Chef Frankel's got it, whether it's a comforting treat like Black Forest Bread Pudding or an elegant finale like Poached Pears with Sweet Mascarpone.

With Frankel's signature blending of flavor, convenience, and world-spanning influences, Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes presents a tantalizing collection of mouthwatering recipes that you can make for any meal, from the most casual family dinner to the most elegant celebration. Taking familiar favorites, international specialties, and holiday classics to a whole new level, Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes is for any home cook—kosher or not—longing for time-saving, family-pleasing slow cooker meals using the freshest, highest-quality ingredients.


More About the Author

LAURA FRANKEL is the former chef and founder of the Shallots restaurants. Frankel has training and extensive experience in both savory and pastry kitchens. After Frankel had a family and began maintaining a kosher home she found that there was nowhere in Chicago serving the quality of food that she knew she could offer. She opened her first restaurant in 1999 offering kosher fine dining with a produce-driven menu. Frankel opened Shallots NY in 2000 in Mid-town Manhattan. Frankel has run restaurants in Chicago and New York and has taught cooking classes across the country. She is the author of JEWISH COOKING FOR ALL SEASONS, (John Wiley and Sons) and JEWISH SLOW COOKER RECIPES (John Wiley and Sons) due out August 2009. Frankel currently serves as the Executive Chef at the Spertus Kosher Catering Featuring Cuisine by Wolfgang Puck at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. An avid Green City Market fan and supporter, Frankel shares her recipes on her blog @ www.Lauraskosher.com. Before committing herself to her culinary passion, she played both alto and baritone saxophones. She taught and played professionally. Frankel has 3 children. Zachary-22, Ari-19 and Jonah-15 who all love to cook and eat great food!

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Arluk on September 12, 2009
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I have used this book 3 times now and referenced it many more times. I think it was a bargain and would be at twice the price. the recipes are easy to understand and execute. The results were excellent and hubby and daughter asked only, "when are we having that again?"
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By L Parr on December 29, 2010
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FINALLY a slow cooker book with something truly wonderful and different to offer! I will agree these recipes are not for the faint of heart looking to dump ingredients in the pot before work and then leave. Most of the recipes have many steps before getting to the slow cooker. I will also warn that unless you live in a major metropolis with unlimited culinary resources, you will have to do some online ordering of ingredients, mostly spices.
But oh...is it worth it! Flavors that will rival the most expensive restaurant in town!
Although the recipes are time intensive, she lets you know what steps can be done in advance, and many things can be frozen in small batches for future uses and stored for months.
Try the Moroccan-spiced duck with sweet-tart orange sauce and forbidden rice...you will be a superstar!
This book is NOT just for Jews, but if you ARE Jewish, you will appreciate the history of some of the more classic recipes and how they morphed with the different cultures.
Although I feel this book is geared toward the accomplished cook, I don't think it's beyond the scope of a beginner with a little patience.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By mind doctor on October 22, 2009
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I had hoped that the recipes in this book would be easy---just throw stuff into the crock pot, and it will come out delicious in 12 hours. However, the recipes, although they sound glorious, are not that easy, at least to me a primitive cook. But as far as wonderful recipes that can be made kosher, this book is excellent.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By ppdoc on December 21, 2009
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I consider myself to be an accomplished cook and am always looking for unique additions to my cookbook shelves. I found this at a Jewish bookstore in Brooklyn and couldn't wait to get it home to give it a try. For anyone in a kosher home who is looking for Shabbos lunch recipes this will be a great addition to your kitchen. My daughter hates standard cholents and I have been looking for recipes that could cook overnight in a crockpot and be ready for Shabbos lunch. Everything I have made so far from this cookbook has been a hit. From the Belgian sweet and sour beef and onion stew to the garlicky pot roast to the Cassoulet everything has been either very good or great. For those of use who are Shabbos observant there will need to be some small adaptions which are typical and not too hard. I would highly suggest this cookbook for anyone looking for something different than the standard beans and barley cholent. Obviously this cookbook isn't limited to those of us who keep kosher or are Sabbath observant, it should be a welcome addition to anyone who uses a slow cooker.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alina on November 6, 2010
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Finally a slow cooker recipe book that helps to produce gourmet meals. I've tried two recipes so far. The lamb tagine was beautiful and actually tasted better on the second and third days, chicken and rice had a unique flavour and I loved being able to "slow cook" a rice dish. Yes, it takes some effort to assemble it all together but is well worth it. Slow cooking is my prefered method now as I'm a working mum with two young children. I only wish there were some pictures in the book for more inspiration. Overall a great buy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nate on February 28, 2011
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I have tried about 4 or 5 recipe's so far and they have been fantastic. Well written and fairly uncomplicated. My only critisism is there could be more spacing between the ingredients in the list so I gave it 4 out of 5. The 'brown sugar glazed corned beef' is awsome as is the 'root beer BBQ sauce'worth the purchase price just for those two. A great slow cooker cook book.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Sara Lynn Berman on November 8, 2009
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I like to use the slow cooker/crock pot to make quick, easy meals. Most recipes I have for the crockpot use a lot of pork and non-kosher ingredients, so I thought it would be nice to have a kosher version.
So far, however, the recipes seem too complicated with too many ingredients/ spices. It is definitely written by a "gourmet" chef vs. a working mom/housewife who wants something easy and simple to make for the family
I will try some of the recipes for when I have company/more time
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By cookbook maven on April 16, 2010
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This is a wonderful cookbook for people who want to be able to have hot meals without babysitting the food. There is a lot of preparation needed, and the recipes call for ingredients that many cooks do not have on hand. One item, many of the recipes call for at least a 6.5 quart crock pot which is larger than many people have in their house.
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