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The Gourmet Slow Cooker: Volume II, Regional Comfort-Food Classics Paperback – September 1, 2006
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My favorite recipes from this book are the pulled pork and chicken adobo. Many recipes from the book are now a part of my repetoire of regularly cooked meals.
I've learned a lot from this book regarding making "gourmet" slow-cooker meals and am so glad I own this book and the author's other book. Another bonus is it has some excellent pictures throughout.
For the price, you definitely can't go wrong with this book. If you love food that tastes delicious and you own a slow cooker, you will be happy to have this book as a part of your collection of recipes.
The intro pages contain useful info. I was pursuaded to whip out a thermometer and test my cooker's low and keep warm settings. I've found that my model runs extremely hot and I'm sending it in for warranty evaluation.
Not wanting to give up on the great sounding stuff in this book, I gave the Black Bean Chicken Chili and Apricot, Ginger Upside Down Cake. OMG, again, the chili with all the flavorful ingredients was bland. I should have used canned beans and skipped the time in the slow cooker. As for the cake, the recipe says to cook for 2.5 hours on high. Granted my slow cooker might not cook as hot as the recipe tested machine, but 5 hours later, that cake was finally cooked through in the center. The ginger flavor was not to be found.
For all the flavorful ingredients in each recipe I tried, you'd think there would be a lot of layers of flavor going on in the final products. Not so. Everything I've tried was really bland. I'll try a couple more recipes before I completely give up on this book.
While flavor is certainly not compromised, the foods in this cookbook are more like peasant-food than gourmet dishes. With a hungry husband and 3 growing boys in my house, comfort foods are always well-received here, and I've had no complaints from them!
The ingredients in this volume are easier to manage (no grinding of spices as in the first volume).
My only disappointment with the book is that it seems many of the recipes, while tasty, don't seem to benefit much from the slow-cooking...some of the soups, for example, are just about as easily made on the stovetop.
For my family, the slow cooker has primarily been a great way to prepare flavorful and tender meats, and this cookbook has offered us some new options (Korean style ribs, chicken adobo, italian style pork chops, for example). I have made some of the non-meat recipes (i.e. several soups/chowders), and I find that they are just as easy to make on the stove.
This is my one bit of advice to the new owner of a slow-cooker: Don't try to make it something it isn't...fix recipes which lend themselves well to the type of cooking, and fix your veggies on the stovetop or in the oven.
Alley's techniques are simple, but for the best flavor, most do require around 30 minutes prep time. Believe me, I've found it worth it.
If I had just one slow cooker book, it would be one of hers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just got a slow cooker! I used this book to cook an old fashion pot roast, which turned out great! Many other recipes included.Published 5 months ago by Tom Dawson III
So many sow cooker recipes call for canned soup, but not the recipes in this book. As with most cookbooks, not every recipe appeals to me, but there sre several that I will try. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm just getting hungry thinking about these recipes. I am a busy mom, and one thing I like, is that I can come home and dinner is already done. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Farrah Frances
Delicious recipes which just the right amount of ingredients.Published 13 months ago by Janis R. Ehlers
This edition was not as interesting to read or follow as Volume I, The Gourmet Slow Cooker. However, the recipes are worth a try.Published 21 months ago by Patraicia Linder
My dad bought this cookbook for my mom for christmas and we made one of the recipes a couple of days after. It was wonderful so I bought the cookbook for myself. Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by Jennifer H
This is a great cookbook to have in your collection. If you love your crock pot, you will love this book!Published on September 19, 2013 by CharlieeFoxtrot