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Dec 21 2009 Better Homes & Gardens Ultimate (Book 30)
You'll never run out of meal ideas for your slow cooker with this massive, photo-filled compendium

The second book in the Ultimate series, following The Ultimate Cookie Book, this giant collection of recipes will keep your slow cooker meals delicious and exciting for years to come. There's way more here than just pot roasts and stews; this book offers recipes for main courses, appetizers, sides, and even desserts and breakfast. With all that, you'll never lack for ideas again!

Nearly 500 pages in length and packed with full-color photos and hundreds of inventive recipes—The Ultimate Slow Cooker Book is a great deal at a great price.

    • Includes 400 recipes, including main dishes, appetizers and beverages, soups and stews, side dishes, breakfast, and desserts
    • 200 full-color photos and a beautiful design will help inspire your next slow cooker sensation
    • Features tips on converting many of your favorite conventional recipes for soups, stews, and roasts so they can be prepared in the slow cooker
    • A great big cookbook at a small price

Whether you've been using your slow cooker for years and need new ideas or you're a first-timer looking for easy dinner solutions, this is the ultimate slow cooker book for you.

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From the Back Cover

The only slow cooker book you'll ever need!

Get the most out of your slow cooker with this collection of 400 diverse and delightful recipes. Inside you'll find easy, creative ideas for main courses, appetizers, side dishes, desserts, even breakfast and hot beverages.

giving you the best:

  • Creative, crowd-pleasing slow cooker ideas from the experts in the Better Homes and Gardens® Test Kitchen
  • More than 200 full-color photographs

  • More than 400 recipes—from traditional slow cooker meals to inventive new creations

  • Savvy advice on getting the most out of your slow cooker

  • Bonus: A "Crockery Conversions" feature showing how to cook many of your favorite conventional soups, stews, and roasts in the slow cooker

About the Author

The iconic Better Homes and Gardens brand is one of America's most trusted sources for information on cooking, gardening, home improvement, home design, decorating, and crafting. Today, the brand encompasses books, magazines, and digital media.

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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your field guide to expanded use of your slow cooker March 23 2010
By Craig Matteson - Published on
So many of us have slow cookers and yet so few of us get much beyond pot roasts or stews. Why is that? I think it is because we don't really understand the potential of a slow cooker and the basic cooking techniques that can enhance what you can cook in them.

This book is for everyone who has a slow cooker and wants to explore all the things you can do with it. The first ten page chapter teaches you how to best use your slow cooker, what you need to be concerned about, including how to adapt regular recipes to slow cooker recipes. You will also get really good advice on food safety, when to add various kinds of ingredients, and how to layer them in your cooker. They warn you, for example, to not have your timer start your cooker more than two hours after you put the ingredients in the pot. And never cook your meat from a frozen state. Also, if you have large roasts, cut them in half. When you should add your pasta, how you prepare ground meat for clos cooking, and how to use dry versus fresh herbs. Helpful tips, right?

Since this is The Ultimate book on slow cooking, you get recipes for things I know I never even expected could be done in a slow cooker, but once you think through the recipes they really do make sense. You get chapters on appetizers and beverages (yes, drinks such as hot chocolate, hot punches, and the like), breakfasts, soups, stews, poultry, beef & veal, pork & lamb, meals without meat, side dishes, and even desserts.

Each recipe tells you the ingredient list, the size of slow cooker the recipe is made for (so you can adjust to yours), the steps to make the dish (remember it isn't all just dump it in, turn it on, and come back 8 hours later), and nutrition information. Many of the dishes have appetizing photographs of the dish. Helpful notes about the recipe and tips for slow cooking generally are given throughout the book and will help you make better dishes more easily and with easier cleanup.

The book is colorful, laid out clearly, and the page edges have different colors for each section. In addition to an index you are also given advice for metric conversion of the recipes and the very last page has a list of emergency substitutions you can make for ingredients you suddenly realize you don't have on hand. These substitutions will be helpful to you for any dish you make, not just slow cooker meals.

Now, these recipes often include canned ingredients, mixes, and so forth. Since the idea of slow cooking is so much about convenience and ease of preparation, these kinds of choices can make sense. If you want to cook from scratch ingredients you could, but you have to add a lot of prep time. Just do what you want and have fun!

A very useful resource for home cooks wanting to push their slow cooking boundaries.
66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is not a "homemade" cookbook Jan. 3 2011
By New Mommy - Published on
I was personally disappointed by this book. This cookbook is not what I would consider a homemade cookbook. The recipes call for a great deal of processed foods. This becomes a little ridiculous in places where, for instance, their recipe for split pea soup calls for 2 cans of split pea soup. While there are a few worthwhile recipes, overall this cookbook is a "semi-homemade" style cookbook. If that is the type of cookbook that you enjoy, you should be pleased with this book.
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars slow cooker lover April 15 2010
By D. J. O'brien - Published on
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Love having the slow cooker for preparing meals AHEAD of time! It is so easy, and great to be out and about, and come home to the ready to eat dinner there! And this cookbook is outstanding! Recipes are easy to prepare, and absolutely delicious. I usually prepare them the evening before; put them in the cooker in the refrigerator, and then set it up, turn it on in the morning. The delicious aroma greets one when you open the door when you arrive home. And all you have to do is get yourself seated, and enjoy a GREAT meal!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book July 16 2010
By Crystal - Published on
I have made about 5 recipes from this book so far. Each time they have turned out great. Once in a while the meat seems a little dry, so I'm trying to figure out how to prevent that from happening. Each recipe has the nutritional information. I have found it very helpful.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I read others' reviews Dec 15 2010
By Barbara I. Meyer - Published on
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Got my Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker along with this book that I ordered according to customer reviews & ratings. Glad I are not cumbersome with exotic ingredients & saw things in this book that I had not imagined one could cook in a slow cooker. Glad I invested in this book. Have had other slow cooker cookbooks & was either discouraged or bored with them. This IS the BEST slow cooker cookbook!

Happy Camper

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