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Slow Cooker Revolution: One Test Kitchen. 30 Slow Cookers. 200 Amazing Recipes. [Kindle Edition]

The Editors at America's Test Kitchen , America's Test Kitchen
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Book Description

Who doesn't like the idea of throwing ingredients into a slow cooker and coming back hours later to a finished meal? Too bad most slow cooker recipes deliver mediocre results you'd rather forget than fix again. A team of ten test cooks at America's Test Kitchen spent a year developing recipes, and what they discovered will change the way you use your slow cooker.

Did you know that onions garlic, and spices should be bloomed in the microwave for five minutes before they go into the slow cooker? This simple step intensifies their flavor and requires no extra work. Did you know that a little soy sauce mixed with tomato paste adds meaty flavors to almost any stew and can often replace the tedious step of browning the meat? And do you know the secret to a moist slow-cooker chicken? Start the bird upside down to protect the delicate white meat from drying out.

The 200 recipes in this family-friendly collection deliver a revolution in slow cooking like only America's Test Kitchen can!


Product Details

  • File Size: 17019 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1933615699
  • Publisher: America's Test Kitchen (April 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W3VLPY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,258 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1,489 of 1,550 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, A Useful Slow Cooker Cookbook January 26, 2011
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The "new" name is "slow cooker" but most of us know the device as a "crockpot" because that's the name it was first marketed under a couple of decades ago. If you're like me, you got one because you thought, "Hey, I can put in the ingredients in the morning and have a tasty meal when I get home from work - cool". Then you found out that only certain recipes seemed to work well in the crockpot, er, slow cooker. You bought crockpot cookbooks, and found while many of them were beautifully designed with multiple and elaborate fonts, blank spaces for notes, line drawings of cute little collections of vegetables, the recipes either contained about 20 different ingredients or else the recipe required so much pre-browning, pre-sautéing, post-blending, post-broiling of the ingredients that it would just be quicker to cook the darn recipe once you got home from work.

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.
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1,347 of 1,403 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misses the Mark March 10, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm a big fan of Cook's Illustrated . I get their flagship magazine and Cook's Country and watch both America's Test Kitchen versions faithfully on PBS. I'm also a frequent buyer of their cookbooks and have found many of my all-time favorite recipes in their pages.

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? Often the recipes I've read and tried seem like they'd be better served being made in a Dutch oven and then cooked in a low oven, thus saving multiple steps and plenty of dishwashing.
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397 of 435 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great slow cooker cookbook January 27, 2011
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So why another slow cooker book? Well, this is from America's Test Kitchen - some crazy organization that tries to find the best way of preparing all kinds of meals. Unlike other slow cooker recipe books, this one is more authoritative. For instance, unlike other slow cooker cookbooks, it gives recommendations for the "best" slow cooker - well, they did test seven of them, and set up a whole rack to have two dozen running for their tests. It also has tips for what brand ingredients tasted the best (what's the best barbecue sauce to use? maple syrup? canned tomatoes? corn tostadas?), or what shape pork loin to buy, or how to make a tidy burrito. Or how to make the recipes taste more "meaty" by using secret ingredients such as ... soy sauce! Interesting.

Each recipe starts with a description and rationale of why it's done this way ("Why this recipe works" section). For example, what tastes are important about the dish? How did they replicate the barbecue feel and taste for their ribs? How did they duplicate the key flavors of French Onion Soup or Cassoulet? What worked and what didn't? This is always informative and helps you understand the rationale behind the recipe.

Their goal was to include lots of "easy prep" recipes for the "time-pressed home cook", and these are identified as such in the chapter listings. Some require microwaving aromatics mixed with chopped onion, etc. to be mixed into the pot, or microwaving beef bones to add flavor. However, there are some that require more complex prep. The Chicken Gumbo, for example, has you preparing the roux first, by roasting and stirring the flour then baking it for 45 minutes. Others require cooking and whisking of certain ingredients before adding to the mix.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish there was more vegetarian main courses.
Slightly disappointing that so many of the recipes are meat-based.
Published 3 days ago by Emma
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not what I was expecting.
Published 4 days ago by Andrea Woolley
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I love this book! ATK tackles the slow cooker! Each recipe has extra steps (microwaving the onions and "aromatics") but that's what makes the recipes that much better. Read more
Published 5 days ago by That Crazy Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow Cooking
Great book. so often slow cooker dishes end up a disappointment. This will end when you use this books and actually have it explained to you why the recipe works.
Published 10 days ago by Cheryl Potts
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You
Great cookbook. I ordered Vol. 1 & 2 as a Christmas gift.
Published 11 days ago by Maria R. Perez
3.0 out of 5 stars My new 6 qrt cuisinart 3-in-1 and the recipe didn't ...
My new 6 qrt cuisinart 3-in-1 and the recipe didn't quite match so I gave it to a bachelor friend who just bought a new slow cooker.
Published 15 days ago by GERALD L GIBSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. It has really good information and a ...
Great book. It has really good information and a huge variety of recipes. However, If you are looking for time-savers, this might not be the cook book for you.
Published 16 days ago by Betty Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars okay... but not inspiring...
okay ... but not inspiring ...
Published 23 days ago by Philip Saxton
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my go-to collection.
I was looking for a slow cooker cookbook that wasn't all Cream of Mushroom soup recipes. This cook book was real recipes. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Frank from San Diego
3.0 out of 5 stars Use A Dutch Oven Instead...
Bottom line: Slow cookers are overrated. Stick to meatballs and Velveeta dips. Only certain ingrediants respond well to the wet and gooey dishes despite the efforts of the OCD... Read more
Published 27 days ago by BigCityChicken
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America's Test Kitchen is a 2,500 square foot kitchen located outside of Boston. It is the home of Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country magazines and is the workday destination for over 3 dozen test cooks, editors and cookware specialists. Our mission is to test recipes until we understand how and why they work and arrive at the best version. We also test kitchen equipment and supermarket ingredients in search of brands that offer the best value and performance. You can watch us work by tuning in to our public television show, America's Test Kitchen.


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