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The Gourmet Slow Cooker: Volume II: Regional Comfort-Food Classics: 2 [Kindle Edition]

Lynn Alley , Leo Gong
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

With its emphasis on quality ingredients, nuanced global flavors, and sumptuous presentation, the original GOURMET SLOW COOKER inspired discerning home cooks to dust off-and fall in love with-their slow cookers again. Back by popular demand, Lynn Alley serves a generous second helping of sophisticated yet easy-to-prepare slow-cooker recipes, this time with a focus on regional comfort food. Packed with classic and innovative dishes designed to delight family and guests alike, THE GOURMET SLOW COOKER: VOLUME II will satisfy fans' hunger for new recipes-and encourage even more busy home cooks to join the bandwagon.ReviewsRecommended for "the cook who wants ease, but with more flavor than the bland crock-pot cuisine your mother made."-Portland Oregonian

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From the Publisher

• The follow-up to the wildly popular GOURMET SLOW COOKER, with new simple and sophisticated regional recipes. • Features more than 50 recipes for soups, entrées, side dishes, and desserts (scaled for any standard-size slow cooker), and 16 full-color photographs. • Includes wine and beer suggestions for every main dish.

About the Author

LYNN ALLEY is a freelance food and wine journalist who has contributed articles to Fine Cooking, Cook’s Illustrated, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Wine Spectator. She resides in San Diego, California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 986 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (March 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GTLVI6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,479 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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103 of 108 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the First September 25, 2006
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I like this cookbook better than Alley's first slow cooker book. Because it's regional foods, the recipes are still varied, but the ingredients are a little less exotic. This book contains close to 60 solid recipes with beautiful photography. Best of all, the author admits she tested the resipes on various brands of slow cookers, something that didn't quite happen with the first book.

The intro pages contain useful info. I was pursuaded to whip out a thermometer and test my cooker's low and keep warm settings. I've found that my model runs extremely hot and I'm sending it in for warranty evaluation.
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Slow Cooker Cookbook! March 23, 2007
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I have this book and the author's other slow-cooker cookbook, and they are wonderful! The recipes are easy to follow, smell incredible while cooking and taste delicious. This is NOT an "open-the-can and dump it in your crock pot" type cookbook. The recipes call for fresh ingredients. Sometimes the author suggests you brown meats before placing them in the cooker, but as she states in her introduction this step is not required. It's a recommendation.

My favorite recipes from this book are the pulled pork and chicken adobo. Many recipes from the book are now a part of my repetoire of regularly cooked meals.

I've learned a lot from this book regarding making "gourmet" slow-cooker meals and am so glad I own this book and the author's other book. Another bonus is it has some excellent pictures throughout.

For the price, you definitely can't go wrong with this book. If you love food that tastes delicious and you own a slow cooker, you will be happy to have this book as a part of your collection of recipes.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They taste as good as they look.... October 4, 2007
Those are Alley's wonderful Korean-Style Ribs on the cover. So easy and so good. This week I'm trying her Bratwurst/Red Cabbage/Apples and her Yankee Pot Pie.

Alley's techniques are simple, but for the best flavor, most do require around 30 minutes prep time. Believe me, I've found it worth it.

If I had just one slow cooker book, it would be one of hers.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Still Looking for a Winner in this Cookbook December 22, 2009
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I thought this cookbook was going to be a winner. Upon it's arrival, I quickly scanned the book and found many fabulous looking photos and really promising new ways to use my slow cooker. I chose 3 recipes to start, Santa Fe Sweet Potato Soup; Salmon, Mushroom, Sorrel and Aromatic Rice Bisque; Pork Roast with Apples, Cider and Cream. Only the Sweet Potato Soup is promising with a some tinkering to add flavor. The other two were tasteless.

Not wanting to give up on the great sounding stuff in this book, I gave the Black Bean Chicken Chili and Apricot, Ginger Upside Down Cake. OMG, again, the chili with all the flavorful ingredients was bland. I should have used canned beans and skipped the time in the slow cooker. As for the cake, the recipe says to cook for 2.5 hours on high. Granted my slow cooker might not cook as hot as the recipe tested machine, but 5 hours later, that cake was finally cooked through in the center. The ginger flavor was not to be found.

For all the flavorful ingredients in each recipe I tried, you'd think there would be a lot of layers of flavor going on in the final products. Not so. Everything I've tried was really bland. I'll try a couple more recipes before I completely give up on this book.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth the price December 29, 2007
I purchased this book because I LOVE Alley's first volume of recipes for the slow cooker. I am very happy with this book, however it is really very different than the first (which makes them a great set).

While flavor is certainly not compromised, the foods in this cookbook are more like peasant-food than gourmet dishes. With a hungry husband and 3 growing boys in my house, comfort foods are always well-received here, and I've had no complaints from them!

The ingredients in this volume are easier to manage (no grinding of spices as in the first volume).

My only disappointment with the book is that it seems many of the recipes, while tasty, don't seem to benefit much from the slow-cooking...some of the soups, for example, are just about as easily made on the stovetop.

For my family, the slow cooker has primarily been a great way to prepare flavorful and tender meats, and this cookbook has offered us some new options (Korean style ribs, chicken adobo, italian style pork chops, for example). I have made some of the non-meat recipes (i.e. several soups/chowders), and I find that they are just as easy to make on the stove.

This is my one bit of advice to the new owner of a slow-cooker: Don't try to make it something it isn't...fix recipes which lend themselves well to the type of cooking, and fix your veggies on the stovetop or in the oven.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! January 7, 2008
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Using the recipes in this book has inspired me to get back into cooking. We especially love the Posole recipe, which updates a traditional recipe with new touches. The New England Brown Bread recipe is so good that it beats my grandmother's Down East Yankee recipe... and that's saying a lot! My enthusiasm for cooking in general has been invigorated by the creative and fresh approach in the recipes in this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Slow Cooker Book January 13, 2009
I am very happy with the recipes in this book. Ingredients required are common to most kitchens. Easy to follow instructions.
Quite a bit of prep work I was hoping to just drop in ingredients turn the slow cooker on and go. The prep work is worth it the outcomes are great.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good recipes
Published 6 months ago by S. Judith Morris
3.0 out of 5 stars This edition was not as interesting to read or follow ...
This edition was not as interesting to read or follow as Volume I, The Gourmet Slow Cooker. However, the recipes are worth a try.
Published 7 months ago by Patraicia Linder
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
My dad bought this cookbook for my mom for christmas and we made one of the recipes a couple of days after. It was wonderful so I bought the cookbook for myself. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jennifer H
5.0 out of 5 stars great cookbook
This is a great cookbook to have in your collection. If you love your crock pot, you will love this book!
Published 20 months ago by CharlieeFoxtrot
4.0 out of 5 stars The Gourmet Slow cooker
I really like these recipes. They taste good and the ingredients are easy to find ,With the global flavors, and sumptuous presentation you can't go wrong.
Published 20 months ago by Mary Webster
3.0 out of 5 stars A+
It arrived on time and as described. I think I either misunderstood or was misled about how easy the recipes would be for the slow cooker. Read more
Published on February 25, 2013 by Nadine J Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
My "go to" cookbook for my slow cooker. Excellent recipes, easy to follow instructions and amazing photographs. A great find!
Published on February 9, 2013 by D.L. McLennan Bonino
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible book!
I have never used my slow cooker more since buying this book. This is a great addition to any kitchen.
Published on December 27, 2012 by Jmcooke
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Taste Good
I've just accepted that crockpot meals can't be gourmet, and this book is proof of that. None of the recipes I tried resulted in anything especially tasty, so I'm sticking with my... Read more
Published on August 18, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars wish there were conversions for spices
On the whole...I like this slow cooker recipe book. The one complaint is that I wish there was the "grind spices" and then the amounts if you have already ground spices. Read more
Published on April 6, 2011 by Emma Tea
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More About the Author

Lynn Alley began her career in cooking as a middle school teacher where she and her students gained notoriety selling their hand made gourmet items at Neiman Marcus. Alley long ago began writing and saving recipes so that down the road she could write the cookbooks for which she has become known. Since leaving the classroom, she has traveled to teach cooking in southern France and at cooking schools throughout the western United States. She has, over the years, contributed articles on both food and wine to the San Diego Union Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Fine Cooking, Cook's Illustrated, The Herb Companion, Health, Natural Home, Organic Style, and Organic Gardening, and has authored six cookbooks, the latest of which, "50 Simple Soups for the Slow Cooker" is scheduled for release in September of 2011. For more than ten years, she has also been a regular contributer to the Wine Spectator online and magazine, and her "Conscious Cook" blog appears weekly on the Yoga Journal's website, yoga
An avid animal lover, she has also contributed article on animal diet, travel and wellbeing to the Natural Dog, Dog Fancy, and the Herb Companion.

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