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Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes (Better Homes & Gardens) Paperback – August 19, 2002
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Great value -- hundreds of tested and perfected recipes plus informative tips -- all in one economical resource.
More than 380 recipes for appetizers, beverages, soups, stews, main dishes, and desserts.
Bonus chapters offer 5-ingredient recipes and one-dish meals.
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1. Recipes that are quick to prepare
2. Recipes that use fresh ingredients
3. Recipes that I could preview on Amazon. I liked what I saw.
So far it has exceeded expectations.
1. Needs more entries in the index. I tried to look up "Pot Roast" but it's not in the index, although there are actually two recipes for Pot Roast in the book.
2. Needs to have all the recipes listed in the table of contents so you can scan through them all quickly.
3. Needs some kind of built-in bookmark, like a ribbon or an end-flap you could fold over and mark your place.
Minor quibbles aside, the area where the book shines is in the recipes, which is after all what you really want in a recipe book. I tried the Spicy Pork and Vegetable Soup and it was amazingly good. The winter vegetables disintegrated into the soup and made it surprisingly sweet and tasty.
So if you want healthy recipes that are quick to make and taste great, I think this book is it.
I found some very unique and tasty recipes, such as the Chicken-Sausage-Sauerkraut Soup. I served this to my parents and my mother said it was the best soup she'd ever had. I also am a fan of the Split Pea Curry Soup. It's a great combination. As I type this I am making the Southwestern White Chili for the umpteenth time.
Many of the recipes are, in my opinion, under-spiced. I credit this to two factors: the authors are striving towards low sodium recipes and they recognize that their target audience is families with kids who tend to shy away from highly spiced meals. I almost always punch up the spices with some additions of my own or increasing the suggested amount of spice in the recipe. For instance, for the chili I am currently cooking I added a little salt and white pepper (neither was listed in the recipe), extra cumin, extra chili pepper flakes, and am serving it with fresh, diced jalapeno on the side. I like to combine recipes from this cookbook. The Beef Chili Stew combined with the Firecracker Chili (with, again, a little extra spice thrown in) has become a tasty, spicy chili that I am famous for amongst my friends.
I haven't yet made recipes from the chapters on appetizers and desserts as I had a hard time imagining such items being cooked in a big crock pot. But now that I have a 3-in-1 slow cooker that includes a small, 2 quart crock, I am definitely going to give those recipes a try.
I think this is a worthy addition to your cook book shelf. The variety in this cookbook ensure its versatility. Just don't be shy about adding a litte extra salt and getting creative with the spices.
Perfect to pick a random page in the book and make that dinner on a cold and blustery night. Perfect addition to our ever growing cookbook collection!