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About the Author

Diane Phillips is a cooking teacher and author of more than 14 cookbooks. Her home is in San Diego, California.

James Baigrie is a New York-based photographer.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811866572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811866576
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Welcome to my Amazon.com profile page. I'm the author of 14 cookbooks including the James Beard Award nominated Perfect Party Food. I travel and teach do-ahead entertaining and cooking classes all over the country and in the Dordogne region of France. Teaching is my passion and I love being able to do something that I love that includes meeting my readers and students all over the country. Check out my website www.dianephillips.com for my fall class schedule featuring my next book: Slow Cooker; The Best Cookbook Ever, information about La Combe en Perigord, travel tips, and do-ahead entertaining tools. Follow me at my blog: www.cucinadivina.blogspot.com

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139 of 141 people found the following review helpful By Aderyn VINE VOICE on November 23, 2009
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"Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever" has many excellent recipes and meal ideas, is well laid out, clear, and nicely photographed. Whether it will prove to be the "best cookbook ever" for you probably depends on how you use your slow cooker. I usually turn to mine on busy days when I have little time to cook and will be gone most of the day. I want to quickly combine a few ingredients with minimal fuss, clap the lid on, walk away, and come home eight or ten hours later to a ready-to-eat meal. Unfortunately, many of the recipes in this book require extensive preparation, cook for only three or four hours, and involve the slow cooker almost incidentally.

For example, the Asian Honey Wings, although they sound delicious, are all but finished before the slow cooker even makes an appearance. The wings are cooked in the oven while the sauce is prepared in a bowl, and the sauce and wings are then combined in the slow cooker and heated through. The book suggests serving them from the slow cooker to keep them warm. Heating and serving an already cooked dish from a slow cooker hardly qualifies as a slow-cooker recipe, and I don't really need a book to know that serving from a slow cooker is a good way to keep food warm.

Another typical example is a casserole for which the cook must first make 2 cups of cooked rice; chop several vegetables; have 3 cups of cooked, diced chicken at hand; and grate 2-1/2 cups of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. While the rice simmers on the stovetop, the cook sautés the vegetables in separate steps, then removes them to a bowl and adds several more ingredients to the pan to create a sauce.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Vintage PowerReader VINE VOICE on September 24, 2009
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I have used slow cookers since the 70's and read a lot of slow cooker books. Most books are too simple or too complex, this one is just right. There will be lots of flavor with moderate start up time investment. I read about 50 cookbooks a year, and am a great peasant cook. I really like to cook simple great food.
This book is really an outstanding slow cooker book. The prep time is reasonable, the ingredaint lists are reasonable,,,, heavy on fancy mushrooms for flavor, the 400 recipes give you a lot of continents to play around in.
Many of these dishes could also be made in a casserole and baked faster.
I was really impressed with this book and marked 15 things to make this winter.
True, its not a diet cooker book, but I can reduce fat where I choose and substitue as needed. This is a real full flavor cookbook. Low fat is a joke anyway, I have nursed for 25 years and seen tons of fat people on low fat food.
If you only buy one slow cooker book, this should be the book.
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful By S. Cohen VINE VOICE on September 23, 2009
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I love slow cooker cooking and in my opinion, the best slow cooker recipes use fresh, high quality ingredients (as opposed to lots of canned and boxed ingredients) that are easily prepped (if you have to spend 30-45 minutes prepping the dish, it stops being a convenience). The recipes in this book strike that "just right" balance for me. This book includes a huge variety of recipes using all sorts of different proteins, vegetarian entrees, side dishes, drinks, appetizers, etc. You will be hard pressed not to find several recipes that you would like to prepare right away.

I have two gripes with this book:
1. there is no nutrition info provided for the recipes. Some of the recipes are clearly not diet friendly but many of them are -- it would be nice to have the information available.
2. the print color and paper color used in this book make it very difficult to read. I like the layout -- every recipe is on one page, with the ingredients listed in one column and the prep information in another column. However, the ingredients are printed in sage green type on off white background and the prep instructions are in brown type on the same paper background. It is very difficult to read and I doubt that anyone who really uses a cookbook, in the kitchen, while preparing food, looked at this design very carefully. The best cookbooks have large, clear, easy to read instructions that can be read and re-read quickly while working in the kitchen. This book is unfortunately almost unusable to me in this respect. it's disappointing because I really like the recipes but I would find myself hesitating to cook from this particular book because of the extra work involved in just reading the recipes.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Natasha Stryker TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 24, 2009
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I love this cookbook!

This book does a wonderful job of going beyond the predictable meals you find fit for the slow cooker. The meals are complex in a good way that I think is well worth the extra 5-10 minutes of prep; it is the difference between a regular midweek meal and a meal you'd be happy to serve at a dinner party. The recipes are creative without being difficult and there are so many of them! I like that it has an appetizer, drink and dessert section too -- it really covers a lot of bases.

There is a great suggestion of preparing the meal's ingredients in crock-pot liners and freezing them until needed. With a new baby on the way, this is a PERFECT solution for us to get some ready meals in the deep freeze before the baby shows up without having to rely on frozen foods and the preservatives they contain. I plan to make and freeze some casseroles too, but I love that slow cookers are so time forgiving; much easier to throw a liner in the cooker in the morning and it cooks all day while I figure out what to do with a newborn :)

I really liked the book's layout too. Each section shows an overview of what is contained in the chapter and on what page, very handy. The photos are wonderful, I wish there were more of them! They look like meals you would be DELIGHTED to come home to at the end of a long day. If you have a rice cooker too, this would be a one-two punch on maximum payoff for minimum effort.

From a design standpoint, I would have had the cover's title be colored green instead of orange. In person, the orange is hard to see well on the burlap background; the green in the peas would have really popped with a green title. I think the spine looks great on the shelf and the back cover is also well coordinated. The colors really invoke the mood of comforting, home-cooked meals.

Overall, this slow cooker cookbook is head and shoulders above the ones I already own, by far.
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