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Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook Paperback – December 21, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
According to the authors, 80% of American households own a slow cooker. This whopping collection of 350 recipes is reason enough to unearth that Crock-Pot from the attic or invest in one of the new high-tech models. The title, however, is a misnomer, and not just because the book includes a recipe for "Mom's Beef Stew." Much of what Hensperger (The Bread Bible) and Kaufmann (coauthor, with Hensperger, of The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook) present is exactly the kind of comfort food typically associated with childhood snow days or family gatherings. To use the word "hearty" in describing these recipes is to state the obvious. There are more than a dozen oatmeals and porridges, ranging from Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal to Creamy Cornmeal Porridge. Soups include Vegetarian Split Pea, French Onion, and White Bean with Bacon. Twenty-four types of baked beans are mere prelude for the 14 chili options, including "Senator Barry Goldwater's Arizona Chili" (which gives new meaning to the phrase "bowl of red"). Other recipes are for poultry, meat and fish dishes, and New and Old World dishes are plentiful. The only letdown is the "Not-from-the-Slow Cooker Accompaniments" chapter, with its uninspired choices like Baked Rice, and Mixed Green Salad. But the concluding pages, full of puddings and fruit desserts, atone with sinful treats like Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cake and Rum-Butterscotch Bananas. (Jan.)
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A treasure trove exploring all the potential available in a slow cooker pot. --Library Bookwatch
A wide range of sound recipes and advice for every meal . . . A comprehensive and multicultural guide back to slow food. --San Francisco Chronicle
Gives slow cooking a hip new twist. --Slow Cooking (Woman's Day special)
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I was also under the impression that these recipes would be "from the bottom up", but most of them recommend such things as "add a can of chili sauce" (what is that?), of cooked beans, even pre-packaged spice mixes or processed vegetables. I wanted recipes, which some reviewers erroneously implied I would find, that used natural ingredients, like real "slow food" recipes would.
In other words, this IS my mother's cookbook.
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Unfortunately this one does not have as much of a variety of recipes. Yes it has over 300, but probably only about 10-15 that I wouldn't be able to find elsewhere. I use my slow cooker every weekend and I love her other cookbook. But the recipes in here are rather un-inventive and plain. If you have never used a slow cooker and don't know where to start, and want to make lots of "traditional American recipes." This would be fine.
But if you are up for something a little more adventurous try her Slow Cooker Cookbook for Entertaining. The recipes are much more flavorful!
I like quick and easy dishes and use canned soup occasionally but I don't want them to be the main item of my cooking.
With this thought, I was surfing the net a couple of days ago hoping to find a crockpot cookbook using fresh wholesome food and I came across this book.
The authors of this book created crockpot recipes for a cook like me (if you agree to my comment above, you will be happy to see this book!). After I read a couple of reviews by other Amazon users and bought this book (along with the Gourmet Slow Cooker Cookbook) from Amazon.
Yes, it requires more prep time and more ingredients but isn't it worth making that much efforts for healthier and tastier meals?! YES!!
Also, most ingredients appeared in this book are common items in my kitchen.
The only minus (4 stars istead of 5 stars) is the lack of photos of the recipes. I read cookbooks for plesure and those sumptuous looking photos are important to me. I know it makes the book more expensive if you have photos but it would be great if there are several pages of photos under each category to show how good these dishes look! I would definitely pay several more dollars for the photos for this book!