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The Gourmet Slow Cooker: Simple and Sophisticated Meals from Around the World Paperback – September 15, 2003
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The author encourages crock-pot users to lift the lid and stir while the food is cooking; I heartily agree, because the food ends up well cooked and NOT the watery, insipid mess I usually got. These are recipes that will not taste like a well-meaning, "good-for-you" home economics project. But this means you can't start your supper in the morning and have it done when you're back from work: the result may be watery. That's been my experience with other books, like Judith Finalyson's.
So if you're going to be home and willing to keep an eye on your slow cooker while it's doing its thing, you will be very satisfied with the recipes in this book.
Of the tamale pie and chicken with dumplings recipes, neither the dumplings nor the cornbread were spectacular, but the flavor was very good.
For the way I cook, and because I enjoy prep work, I can recommend this book.
But be warned.
Supplemental: The artichoke risotto was a complete bust. It just didn't work. I don't know what kind of crockpot she was testing this recipe in, but I followed the directions to the letter, and after two hours on high, the risotto was inedible. I moved it over to a rice cooker to finish off. So my rating goes down to 3 stars with this experience.
The recipes in this book are subdivided as follows:
1. United States
3. Great Britain and Ireland
Before I review the book, I must say that if you are on a diet, this is not the best book for you. Many of the recipes depend on significant quantities of meat and/or animal by products (cheese, heavy cream, whole milk) for flavor. However, I have found it easy to modify the recipes to get similar "healthier" results. If you are comfortable modifying recipes this book is full of ideas that you can use to develop your own version of healthier slow cooked "gourmet" recipes.
My particular cooking specialties are Italian, Indian and French cooking. The directions in the recipes are adequate to reproduce reasonably facsimiles of these recipes even for those unfamiliar with the cuisines of these cultures. Most of the resulting recipes were very close in flavor to the authentic dishes.
The "baked" dessert recipes that are included in this book impressed me.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was really happy with the selection of recipes in this book. Better than anything I could find online.Published 5 months ago by Weetabix
I bought a cookbook, The Complete Slow Cooking for Two by Linda Larsen; which has some great ideas on how to improve the flavor of food and some really good, easy recipes. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joan D
Recipes have flavor, a must in slow cooking! A joy to use especially on busy days. An answer to a foodie's prayer.Published 6 months ago by ItalianYogi
I love slow cooking in the winter time. I'll be nursing my man back to health subsequent to a surgery and I plan to use this cookbook a lot.Published 7 months ago by Jill
Nothing special. I have a couple of very good slow cooker books and I thought this would be "icing on the cake", but for the most part, the recipes are not all that... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dandelion
I am a busy mom, and one thing I like, is that I can come home and dinner is already done. This leaves me the time to hang out with my kiddo. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Farrah Frances