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Art of the Slow Cooker: 80 Exciting New Recipes Paperback – September 1, 2008
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Also, there are many recipes that I am looking forward to preparing. That is the problem with many slow-cooker books, there just aren't that many recipes that look all that appealing to me - how many different chili recipes do I need? This book has a good selection of recipes that I had not seen before with easy to find ingredients for foods that I think that my family will enjoy. Not that there aren't several company appropriate recipes, because there are, but, there are also great week-night recipes.
I didn't intend to buy another slow cooker recipe book, I already owned 3 or 4 in addition to my collection of other cookbooks, but after seeing this one in a book store and looking through it, I had to have it. I've only made a couple of recipes from it, but both have turned out great, and there are many more that I intend to make.
He has also been careful in what he chooses to use the slow cooker for, ie cuts of meat that benefit most from slow cooking and some twists on conventional dishes. For example, his brisket recipe is luscious and very tender. That one took me about 20 min total prep, but then the cooker was on its own for 9 hours. Lots of time to spend my day being elsewhere. We also love the mushroom risotto recipe that uses pearl barley instead of rice - wonderful complex flavor made all the more interesting by using dried mushrooms as well as fresh, wine and adding fresh Parmesan at the end. The Teriyaki Chicken is not to be missed.
Most of his recipes call for a 5 or 6 qt cooker, but for just the two of us we found the recipes can be cut in half and they do well in a 3 or 4 qt cooker. The West Bend 3 qt oval slow cooker has done very well with these recipes.
For others like us who are cooking for only one or two, I would also recommend Beth Hensperger's "Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes for Two" Both these books emphasize flavors that can only be developed with slow technique and raise slow cooking to gourmet delights.Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes for Two: For the Small Slow CookerWest Bend 84343 3-Quart Oval-Shaped Crockery Cooker
The recipes in this book suit a slow cooker - root vegetables, cheaper, tougher cuts of meat.
Here is an example: Today I made the Tunisian Lamb, it took me about 40 minutes to chop and brown all the meat and vegetables. I wouldn't have thought that a long time to prepare a meal at all if I was then able to sit down and enjoy it but I have to wait 6 to 8 hours. So it would be fair to say that it doesn't take "too" long to prepare, it just seems long because you don't get instant gratification! Also, I could have done it in 15 to 20 minutes if I had peeled and chopped the night before but that would take organizational skills that I don't possess. Anyway, what I get is a hearty, warming, healthy and delicious meal for 6 with only 40 minutes work (thanks to my husband for pointing out that the slow cooker wasn't actually plugged in!) What I don't get is "E" numbers and lots of things ending in "-ate".
Who is it for?
People who have a few too many spices in their cupboard and live to eat.
Who is it not for?
People who have absolutely no time and eat to live.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Needed more slow cooker ideas, and this cookbook is superb! Gave one to each of our sons!Published 2 months ago by Lindy Siegismund
I only tested 2 recipes, so I might update. As many reviewers commented upon: this is not your fast food slow cooker recipes. Read morePublished 3 months ago by DoReMi
I came across this book accidentally at the library and am so happy I did. I have made 3 dishes so far and they are fabulous!
I just made the Teriyaki Chicken which we loved. Read more
I use this cookbook almost weekly. The recipes take a little bit of prep work, but the results are so much better than the typical crockpot fare.Published 6 months ago by Becky
I bought this cookbook four years ago and I still use it regularly. These recipes are GOOD. They're also pretty easy. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tamara
Some excellent recipes. A bit more labor intensive than I wanted, but the point is that these are delicious/ tasty meals, not just "add soup and press GO. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dr. M
I've been slow cooking for some time and am always on the lookout for new ideas--but I want them to be super quick--otherwise I cook in more traditional ways i.e. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Elaine E. Webster