- Series: Williams Sonoma Essentials
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Oxmoor House; 1 edition (October 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0848732596
- ISBN-13: 978-0848732592
- Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.1 x 10.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Slow Cooking: Recipes and Techniques for Delicious Slow-Cooked Meals Hardcover – October 1, 2008
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Truthfully, if you are looking just to dump all the ingredients in the slow cooker and turn it on...this is not your book. Most of these recipes do involve a couple of steps, such as browning the meat and deglazing the pan. However, these additional steps really do not take that long - so don't be intimidated by them. All in all, I would say the active cooking time for most of the recipes I've tried is around 30 minutes, although some may be more involved. Considering the high quality meals these recipes produce, investing 30 minutes into dinner is easily worth the sacrifice.
In response to an earlier post, there are a few typos in the book. While this may reflect on the professionalism of the Williams-Sonoma book editors, it does not tarnish the superb recipes within. Enjoy!
In that respect, this book does have lots of recipes that use fresh ingredients to produce a higher-quality end result than the old-time "gloop with glop sauce" that so often comes out of a slow cooker. There are also gorgeous pictures of every recipe. I love that.
Now for the downsides. The editing in this book is terrible. There are tons of typos throughout, and it is also obvious that one of the vegetable recipes was only slightly altered from another similar recipe a few pages before--I could tell because the first recipe was for cabbage, so it said cabbage throughout the recipe. The second was for spinach, and halfway through the recipe, it started talking about cabbage. The two recipes were the same--someone had just done a half-hearted job of changing the word cabbage to spinach. There are lots of other examples of bad editing, but that's my job, so that kind of thing bothers me.
The other thing that irritated me is that I wanted a slow cooker cookbook. This is a "SLOW COOKING" cookbook. In other words, while many of these recipes have instructions for slow cooker use, others do not. Some of the recipes are stove top or oven only. I was disappointed by that. Most of us have plenty of recipes that just take a long time, what we want is something we can put in the crock before heading out to work for the day.
I feel like the high price of this cookbook is solely because of the pretty pictures and the strength of a few good recipes.Read more ›
The big problem with this book is that it feels like it has been written by an organization and not a person. There is no personality behind the recipes and no care given to their accuracy.
I have returned this book, steer clear or be prepared for potential frustration at the end of three or four hours of cooking.
My second issue with this book is that the recipes are terrible. I'm a very good cook and tried two of the recipes out of the book. Perhaps I got the two worst recipes, but will not be trying anymore of them and waste good ingredients. I tried the paprika chicken and it was as bland as rice cakes. Then I tried the Chinese red cooked chicken. This turned out even worse than the paprika chicken. With 1 1/4 cups of soy sauce and not too many other ingredients, this dish came out so salty tasting it was like eating brine pork.
My saving grace was that I had checked this book out of the library to try out the recipes, so will not be buying this book to add to my cookbook collection.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great cookbook! Recipes are easy to follow and turn out delicious every time! - At least the ones I've tried so far.Published 19 days ago by Caprice Walker
I was hoping for something that was easier - where you can just throw all your ingredients into a slow cooker, but there is a lot of prep work with these recipes.Published 3 months ago by Jen
There's a lot a very good recipes in the book. I have tried several and enjoyed the meals.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Every recipe I tried was excellent. I have given six books to family members.Published 5 months ago by Barbara D Schneider
Love,love,love this cookbook! I've made around 10 recipes actually more than once! There's only one that we actually didn't eat! The chicken adobo was awful! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Colleen F.