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The Ultimate Slow Cooker Cookbook

If you're looking for new ways to make the most of your slow cooker, you've come to the right place. Natalie Haughton shares more than 250 delicious, no-fuss recipes that take slow cooker meals to a whole new level—and make the slow cooker your most valuable kitchen appliance. Soups, stews, and braises are the slow cooker's greatest hits, and Haughton gives you lots of fresh ideas to add zip to these old favorites. Her recipes feature vibrant international flavors and popular contemporary ingredients, including a whole chapter of vegetable, bean, and whole grain dishes. You'll never run out of crowd-pleasing dinner choices!

But Haughton also takes your slow cooker to places it doesn't often go. You'll discover how to produce complete pasta dinners—like lasagna and mac and cheese—as well as salsas and preserves. And for dessert, prepare to be amazed. You'll find more than 30 ways to indulge your sweet tooth. Best of all, Haughton keeps her recipes simple, with no advance browning or other time-consuming steps in most recipes. Complete with "Tricks of the Trade"to ensure perfect results every time, Slow & Easy is the one cookbook you need for a lifetime of great slow cooker meals.

More than 250 great recipes

Appetizers, Dips, and Drinks

  • Greek Spinach Dip

  • Cheese Fondue Stuffed Bread

  • BBQ Chicken Wings

  • Rich Hot Chocolate

  • And 22 more

Soups and Chowders

  • French Onion Soup

  • Ribollita

  • Mexican Turkey Tortilla Soup

  • Shrimp Chowder

  • And 20 more

Pasta and Pasta Sauces

  • Gorgonzola and Walnut Ravioli Bolognese

  • Wild Mushroom Sauce with Pancetta and Rosemary

  • And 13 more

  • chicken, turkey, and seafood

  • Pulled Barbecued Chicken

  • Lemony Chicken with Olives and Capers

  • Turkey Molé

  • And 23 more

Beef, Pork, and Lamb

  • Thai-Style Beef with Peanut Sauce

  • Easy Black Bean Chili with Beer

  • Asian-Style Country Ribs

  • And 36 more

One-pot Meals

  • Hungarian Goulash

  • Sweet-and-Sour Pineapple Chicken

  • Red Lentil and Vegetable Curry

  • And 21 more

Vegetables, Grains, and Side Dishes

  • Curried Cauliflower with Potatoes and Peas

  • Artichoke-Parmesan Risotto

  • And 38 more

Breakfast and Brunch

  • Overnight Oatmeal with Cinnamon and Bananas

  • Ham and Cheese Brunch Strata

  • And 14 more

Preserves, Chutneys, and Salsas

  • Apricot-Pineapple Jam

  • Maple-Pumpkin Butter

  • Mango-

  • Ginger Chutney

  • Corn and Black Bean Salsa

  • And 7 more

  • great slow cooker desserts

  • Warm Chocolate Lava Cake

  • Pineapple-Coconut-Macadamia Cheesecake

  • And 30 more

About the Author

Natalie Haughton has been food editor at the Los Angeles Daily News for more than 25 years and is the author of five bestselling cookbooks, including The Best Slow Cooker Cookbook Ever. Her food columns appear in newspapers nationally, and she has won numerous awards for her food writing. Her Web site is nataliehaughton.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (December 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470229403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470229408
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,367,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've owned a crock pot for approximately 30 years, and I find it invaluable for a few things, like beans, certain soups, and pot roast. However, this means that most of the time it sits there unused, and I thought surely there must be more I could be doing with it than checking every so often that the lid is stored partway off the liner.

So I read through the reviews and decided to buy this cookbook. While I can't fault the author for her sincerity and desire to (a)expand uses for the slow cooker and (b)streamline wherever possible, I just didn't find that the recipes and techniques were really any simpler or faster than stovetop or oven cooking.

If your vision of crock pot cooking is "throw the stuff in before I leave for work and then take it out when I get back," this is not the cookbook for you. Only a tiny fraction of the recipes cook longer than a few hours. To me this does not make sense, since I could cook them on the stove in the same amount of time and with, quite frankly, a better flavor. The crock pot's major limitation--that stews and soups come out watery and insipid--is very apparent in this comparison. The recipes that I tried had this problem, and one (polenta) didn't turn out at all.

Another problem is that each recipe calls for a different size or shape cooker. So if you see a recipe you like, you must read carefully, and then, if necessary, scale back the ingredients to fit the size cooker you have. My arithmetic is good, but calculating quantities to 2/3 to fit a 6-quart recipe in my 4-quart cooker isn't something I really want to do when it's time to assemble a recipe.

I would say if you are interested in using your slow cooker in a greater variety of ways, and you are home all day to make recipes that only cook for several hours, this book might be for you. If you were hoping for a bunch of new "set it and forget it" recipes, then this is definitely not the book you want.
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It's pretty good. I have to adapt to my brand of pressure cooker but it did provide many good recipes and I would recommend it to others.
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Love books that teach set it and forget it style that I'm so use to cooking with
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By teresa on February 24, 2015
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easy recipes to follow. shipped very quickly
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I just started using a crock pot last winter and was looking forward to a collection of easy recipes. Since receiving this book for Christmas a few days ago, so far I've mostly previewed and am impressed by the variety in this book: appetizers such as smoky artichoke dip, Greek spinach dip, taco dip, hummus, BBQ chicken wings; soups and chilis including cheddared potato soup, spiced pumpkin soup, sweet potato soup; vegetarian and carnivore-friendly dishes; sides; pasta; breakfast; salsas, and desserts. One thing that's disappointing to me is that there are no photos. And while the notes and tips are helpful, nutritional info would've been nice.

In light of another reviewer's comments about the flavor, I will say, I made the grilled chicken and black bean chili and feel that it could've used a little more kick. Next time, I'd use medium salsa instead of mild (my mistake) and might sprinkle in some taco seasoning.

I'll update this review when I've had the opportunity to try out more of the recipes. For now, I give it a C+.
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"Slow & Easy" has been a fast-fix for my family's mealtimes, which had hit the doldrums of SOS "Same-Ol'-Stuff". Now, armed with our first slow cooker [an oval 6-Quart Crock Pot SCCPTM600S with manual settings] and this cookbook, we have a spirit of adventure in the kitchen again. Who would have thought of doing Ginger Bread in a slow cooker?! I did the Pot Roast, too, and bought Cauliflower today to do the curried Cauliflower with potatoes and peas. So many interesting recipes to try! Beautifully designed and printed book. This like any other cookbook depends to a certain extent on the ingredients used; for example, the first time I did the whole chicken recipe (doing one chicken, not two), it came out beautifully -- almost like oven baked. The next time I used a different brand whole chicken, which apparently had a high water content, and it turned out a non-appetizing boiled mess.
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