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Unfortunately, after making three of the recipes from "Slow Cooker Revolution," I'm not sold on this particular effort. All were OK, none spectacular, and, as far as I can tell, just about every one previously published. (A cheat often used by Cook's, but still annoying for its most loyal readers.)
My major complaint--and it seems to be in most of the recipes, not just the three I've attempted so far--is that Cook's takes what is best about the slow cooker, it's convenience (set it and forget it one-pot meals), and throws it out the window by requiring countless pre-cooking steps--far more than just browning meat or sautéing vegetables--that often dirty multiple pots, pans and bowls before you ever even get the ingredients into the slow cooker itself. There's also a good bit of post-cooking in many of these recipes, along with mid-cooking steps/additions that means you're constantly babysitting the slow cooker, even after getting the ingredients going. Not terribly practical for a device specifically designed to cook while you're not here.
If I'm going to use a dishwasher full of dishes, what's the point of dragging out the crockpot just to do the heating?Read more ›
I am really happy to say that "Slow Cooker Revolution" is the first sensible slow cooker cookbook in my collection of them. The book is very well designed. There is a page devoted to each recipe, and most recipes have a picture of the finished product. There is a list of ingredients, and from what I saw, everything there is available in my local supermarket. Each recipe starts off with a paragraph entitled, "Why It Works", in which the authors explain the choices behind certain ingredients or methods and why they work better than others. The recipes are clear-cut and easy to follow. Each recipe also an additional segment - either a "quick prep tip" or a "smart shopping" hint or an "on the side" short recipe.Read more ›
So What's the "Revolution"?
It's supposed to be about debunking several myths about slow cooking, showing us that:
1) Slow-cooking is not about dumping unprepared stuff into a pot nor about the belief that if you just cook something long enough and with enough other stuff, it will always be edible
2) Great results occasionally require more appliances than just your slow cooker
3) Some ingredients can benefit from additional preparation
Two Recipes I sampled right away:
First sampled recipe: -- Nutella Bread Pudding --
* How could I NOT try a recipe that uses this most divine gift to modern civilization? It's the sort of dessert that has to be preceded by weeks of an ascetic diet, as it boasts whole milk, heavy cream, and 9 egg yolks. But it illustrates the importance of prep work in slow-cooking: the challah bread cubes need to be "baked" in a low temp oven for 40 minutes. Had the untoasted bread simply been placed right from the loaf and into the pot, I think it would end up as a custardy mush.
* The result? OmmMmmppfffGaaahh (that's OMG with my mouth full). Crazy good. Not as custardy as I feared with all those 9 egg yolks. Very company-worthy and a bit more sophisticated than your usual Betty Crocker bread pudding, but I suggest you serve it to company the day you make it. After refrigeration, it becomes really dense and much more intense. I followed the recipe EXCEPT for I used ½ tsp salt instead of ¾ tsp. Tip for future success: Challah loaves come in all sizes, so make sure you do your best to get the 14 ounces called for here.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good recipes. Some are more work than I associate with crock pot cooking, but I've cooked a lot of them and all are tasty.Published 2 days ago by A. Hanson
I may just be horrible at cooking things. That's why I bought a slow cooker.Published 15 days ago by danielle king
America's test kitchen does it again and offers a great recipe book. Not just any ordinary cook book, the test kitchen has provided me another quality product that I enjoy using. Read morePublished 16 days ago by P. Toleikis
We've tried at least a dozen of the recipes, and all have been fantastic. If there were a few more vegetarian dishes, I'd give it 5 stars. One of my top wintertime cookbooks!Published 16 days ago by LH
Interesting read. Sometimes I feel there's too many ingredients. The recipes ARE great. Really!! Some days, time is not my friend.Published 18 days ago by Jennifer Sallee
An excellent variety of recipes for busy people. Just be aware that not everything is a "throw the ingredients in the pot, set it, and come back 8 to 10 hours later to a... Read morePublished 18 days ago by S Kilson
I normally love Cooks Illustrated, but the Slow Cooker Revolution books are a bit of a letdown. I have made a fair share of recipes from the books and feel like they're all just... Read morePublished 19 days ago by bill
This book is dumb. Defeats the WHOLE PURPOSE of using a slow cooker if you have to do a bunch of steps beforehand with the stove and microwave. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Kari030180
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