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Slow, but not so Easy
on April 6, 2013
Let me first start by saying the recipes in this book are fantastic and incredibly tasty. However, they require dedication and are by no means "easy" as the title implies. I suppose they might be easy if you're a chef or have a passion for complex recipes. However if you're like me - a working parent with limited time to spare, 1+ hours of prep time followed by 2-4 hours of cooking, and a half hour spent on garnish, don't necessarily qualify as easy.
Like many of the other reviewers, I purchased this book thinking it would focus more on slow cookers. For what it's worth, the slow cooker recipes are great, but they're very limited and heavy on prep and process. Most of the book focuses on other methods of slow cooking like roasting, braising, and using the Dutch Oven. Granted, I love my Dutch Oven, but I can't leave it unattended in the stove while I'm at work for 9-10 hours.
Based on the title and reviews, I was really hoping for an everyday solution for making great, slow-cooked meals with a limited amount of time and effort. However, due to the complexity of most of these recipes, I'm only able to enjoy them when I have the time and patience to dedicate a chunk of my weekend to cooking. When I do, I'm incredibly pleased with the meals, but I'm forced to reserve them for special occasions. That being said, this is by no means the everyday cookbook that I was hoping for.