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I Love My Slow Cooker: More Than 100 of the Best Ever Recipes Paperback – Illustrated, October 2, 2012
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1848990405
- ISBN-13 : 978-1848990401
- Product Dimensions : 7.53 x 0.61 x 9.55 inches
- Publisher : Duncan Baird; Illustrated edition (October 2, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I love my slow cooker. I think there is nothing better than throwing the ingredients together in the morning, going out for the day with the family and coming home to a nice hot freshly cooked meal just waiting to be dished up. Especially in these cold winter months. I just struggle for meal ideas and we end up having the same beef stew and sausage casserole time and time again. Well not anymore. I have fantasized about cooking curries, soups and chicken dishes in my slow cooker and now I can. I cant wait to try the French `roast' lemon and thyme chicken.
The recipes are simple and easy to follow, even with the preparation times the whole cooking process is so quick. And to top it all off I have a lovely list of dessert recipes to try out too.
If you're looking to buy a slowcooker and unsure which kind to get then definitely take a look at this book. At the front of the book there is some good advice about what shape and size slowcooker would be best for you, along with tips about portion sizes
Don't let it fool you, though. Most of these recipes are not easy or basic. This is a crock pot cookbook that is aimed more at the heart of a foodie than it is an everyday mom who has to cook for her family. According to the cookbook, all recipes are made to serve 4 and a 4-quart crock pot was used by the author.
There is a significant variety of ethnic dishes such as Middle Eastern, Israeli, Hungarian, Indian, Asian, and more. It's an eye-opener of ingredients when you read the list for some of the recipes. Most you can obtain at a grocery store, but a few of them you might have to get from a grocery store like Wegmans which carries a larger supply of gourmet and ethnic ingredients, or an ethnic specific store.
The instructions are fairly clear and the process is understandable. Unfortunately, I got my ARC copy through NetGalley for Kindle, and the format was atrocious. Recipes were blended together, mixed up, missing parts, instructions cut off, unorganized, and more. Extremely frustrating. But I have heard the actual book is excellent quality with mouth-watering color photos of the dishes.
One complaint is that a few of the recipes require 11 to 12 hours of cooking. On occasion, they were broken up so that you had to cook part of the recipe for 4 or 5 hours, and then prepare a second part to add to it to cook another 3 hours or so.
Not to mention, there were also several recipes that only cooked for 1-3 hours total. Not quite the length of time appropriate for starting it in the morning before work to come home to a warm dinner, usually an 8-hour day. A programmable crock pot would help in this situation, but it would mean the ingredients sit for an extended time in the crock pot. I'm not sure how this would taste, would work, or if it's wise to have food, such as meat and dairy, sit out like that instead of being refrigerated. Something to consider.
There are recipes to make your broths (beef, chicken, etc) and other sauces. They seemed interesting and I'll probably try one as I always make my own broths (less sodium and "foreign" ingredients than store-bought). But some of the recipes for meals required you to make one of these broths or sauces ahead of time to add to the recipe. It's not very convenient when you're wanting to whip up something quick to cook all day.
As a side note, many of the meat recipes required browning the meat and softening vegetables or flash cooking spices to release the aromatics and oils before putting it in the crock pot. This is actually a good thing and something you should do with many of your meat crock pot recipes! It adds flavor and structure to the meat so you don't end up with mush. Trust me. Meat mush is not a good thing.
I had to try a recipe in order to accurately review the book of course, so I made the Pork Paprikash (Hungarian) in the crock pot this past weekend. Deliciously comfy with an interesting flavor palate. I loved the subtle hints of dill, the peppery warmth of the pork, the buttery tang of the sauce. Instead of tagliatelle like the recipe recommended, I used good old-fashioned Pennsylvania Dutch egg noodles. It soaked up the sauce like a sponge. Even reheated for the next two days, it was still sublime. I didn't have to alter the recipe at all as it was perfect the way it was.
I will definitely be purchasing the actual cookbook later this week as the recipes are unique and a special addition to my everyday fare.
This book received a B- grade. You can learn about my grade systems and read more of my reviews at <a href="[...]">Kat's Book Reviews</a>