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The New Slow Cooker: Comfort Classics Reinvented Hardcover – November 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen; Reissue edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616280204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616280208
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brigit Binns is a renowned food writer, recipe consultant, and the author of numerous cookbooks, including Small Plates, Salads, and Bride & Groom Entertaining for Williams-Sonoma, and The Relaxed Kitchen. She is a graduate of England’s Tante Marie cooking school and owned a catering business in Europe for 10 years.

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Strongly recommend anyone loves slow cook.
SOROO PARK
The resulting meals were excellent and I will prepare them again, but there are many other recipes in the book I look forward to trying.
M. Hill
This book is beautifully lillustrated and clearly written to make it easy to understand.
Sandy Sickinger

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By M. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Tossing ingredients into a slow cooker in the morning and having dinner ready and waiting in the evening is heaven. The problem is finding good recipes that are flavorful and sufficiently different so that the cooking technique may be used repeatedly during the week without a boring sameness occurring. This book contains one hundred recipes, but it isn't about quantity, it is about quality - and this book delivers.

The text is informative and well-written. The beginning of the book details general instructions to be employed when using a slow cooker - specific rules that apply to this method of cooking. For example, since water doesn't evaporate, to avoid a mushy bland dish, the addition of liquids are closely controlled and it is suggested if adapting a favorite recipe, not only reducing the amount of liquid but substituting flavorful stock in place of water. The recipes are designed for use with electric slow cookers, but conversion directions are also provided so the use of a cast iron enameled dutch oven may be used on the stove top or oven.

The book is divided into chapters by main ingredient - beef (17 recipes,) pork and lamb (18 recipes,) poultry (19 recipes,) seafood (9 recipes,) vegetables (22 recipes) and grains and legumes (15 recipes.) Additional chapters include a general introduction to slow cookers, basic recipes and basic techniques and a through index makes locating a particular recipe quick and easy.
The sturdy hardback book is constructed with quality paper so spills quickly wiped up without damage to the pages. Almost 80 percent of the recipes have a full page color photograph of the resulting dish.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Tulip_Mesa on January 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The title of this amazon listing is wrong - it's not comfort classics reinvented but 'fresh recipes for the modern cook'.

With so many recipes being online these days, I really don't buy a lot of cookbooks because they don't come with ratings like individual recipes do.

However, after cooking 3 things out of here, this has become my favorite go-to resource. The recipes combine fresh ingredients as 'finishes' that add a more sophisticated and fresh touch. The flavor combinations are unusual. Tonight, I cooked the picadillo tostadas which combines beef, raisins, apples, cumin, cinnamon, ground cloves, onion, garlic & tomatoes (plus a few other things) in the crockpot. When slow cooked and tender, you fry up a corn tortilla (or whole wheat flour in my case), layer on the beef mixture.. add some slaw (cabbage mixture seasoned with apple cider vinegar and EVOO), slivered almonds and cilantro. The flavor combination of sweet, tangy and the different textures (cabbage/almond crunch) created a phenomenal recipe.

I've also made the marinara sauce using whole tomatoes - I've made this a couple of times. Great recipe and all fresh ingredients thrown in.

Lastly, I made the beef with argula and grapefruit salad with a honey lime vinagarette. The flavor combinations work so well together - my finicky palate has really started trusting these recipes. It's a very well done cookbook with images, directions and recipes.

Wholeheartedly recommend.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. K. Long on February 1, 2012
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IDENTICAL to a cookbook I already own. "The New Slow Cooker: Fresh Recipes for the Modern Cook" just different title. So beware if you own the other.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By sooz19 on July 16, 2012
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Like many married couples, my husband and I got a slow cooker for a wedding gift ten years ago. We used it once or twice but found that all the slow cooker recipes we used weren't that great (very bland and not all that exciting). So, our slow cooker sat for a good 8 years until I discovered this cookbook. We brought out the slow cooker and of the 7 recipes we've tried so far, we have loved all of them. The slow cooker part of the meal has been fantastic and full of flavor by itself but then Williams Sonoma adds a "fresh option" to be served with the slow cooker part to add just a little more to the meal. FANTASTIC! Five stars is not nearly enough. The only problem we have is deciding what recipe to try next...particularly since the ones we've already done, we'd like to do again.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Sickinger on December 17, 2011
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This book is beautifully lillustrated and clearly written to make it easy to understand.
Would prefer recipes that don't need to be prepped before putting into crock pot because it kind of defeats the purpose for a quick morning preparation before work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SOROO PARK on January 11, 2012
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It is very useful and every recipe turned out great.I can read through and cook without hesitance.
Strongly recommend anyone loves slow cook.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Perry M. Smith on July 20, 2012
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Although I do not doubt any of the reviews that assert that the recipes offered in this book are tasty and attractive to serve, I was very disappointed to see that ingredients are often called for that are either difficult to obtain or extremely pricey: I speak specifically about saffron, which is not easily available to me and costs a whole lot more than I care to spend on a rarely-used flavoring.

Further, as one who employs the slow cooker for convenience, i.e., to start a meal in the morning and have it ready upon my return in the evening, a fair number of the recipes are in the slow cooker for less than half a day, some I examined for as short a time as three hours on a low heat setting. This, of course, requires you to be present throughout virtually all of the cooking process since nearly all the recipes in this book demand extensive preparation and browning and chopping before ever being added to the slow cooker, for however brief a time.

This is not to say it is a bad cookbook: It is a cookbook for the well-to-do stay-at-home gourmet. Not for me.
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