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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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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!
Sometimes all this dependence on processed ingredients is just plain silly; a recipe for Tangy Chicken and Potatoes calls for lemon zest. Fine. But it also includes a can of frozen lemonade concentrate. Why waste the perfectly good lemon you've just zested? Why not use its juice and a spoonful of sugar instead of the more expensive frozen lemonade? A recipe for White Bean-Garlic Soup uses canned navy beans, canned stewed tomatoes, canned chicken broth and canned cream of potato soup. The finished dish contains 2,059 mg of sodium, a hypertensive's nightmare. Using dried beans and fresh potatoes (and skipping the tomatoes, which have no business consorting with white beans and garlic) would produce a healthier,less institutional dish.
Sprinkled among the over-sweetened, over-salted "fancy" concoctions are some good, honest recipes for the pot roasts and stews at which a slow cooker excels because it breaks down the tough cartilage in budget-priced meats, making them tender and tasty. That's good. There is also a chapter on meatless main dishes with some recipes featuring whole grains -- another category that does well in the slow cooker. Problem is,they are boring, bland and unimaginative.
Slow cookers are great at what they do but they are not all-purpose miracle pots. Why include a recipe for hot chocolate that takes three hours to make in a slow cooker when you can make it in five minutes on the stove top? Four hours for a mixture of hot apple and cranberry juice? Four hours to heat up a dip made of cream cheese,canned chili and salsa? Three minutes in the microwave and you've got it made. This kind of nonsense pads out the book to 400 recipes. Bottom line: If you just want to throw some canned goods together at 8AM and slap hot food on your family's plates at 6, this book will do. If you want to learn how to make the most of your slow cooker's talents, try "Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook," which only contains 350 recipes but is packed with information and ideas for good eating.
It has your usual cookbook set-up: Appetizers, sopus, side dishes, and the like. I like the fact it was not just another book of the usual beef stews and chicken noodle soups. While those things are in there so are recipes like; Sweet and Sour chicken, Fettucine with sausage and mushrooms, Ham and lentil soup. I was also impressed with the fact they used not so common veggies in the recipes to mix things up a bit. Several recipes include the use of Fennel, parsnips, and leeks. The total amount of pages of actual recipes totals around 390 pages. The format is easy to read and understand often with helpful tips on the side. I especially like the fact that they included the Nutrition facts per serving for each recipe. I will positively be buying this book for gifts.
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This is an odd cookbook, with some straightforward recipes using fresh, whole ingredients, and some that rely on processed...Read more