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Cooking / Regional & Ethnic / Jewish & Kosher

When chef Laura Frankel's family decided to keep kosher, they agreed to give up pork, shellfish, and the combination of milk and meat. But they didn't agree to give up taste. So Frankel focused her culinary talents on creating kosher food that is every bit as refined as its nonkosher counterpart. The restaurant she opened, Shallots, was soon acclaimed nationwide as a premier example of fine kosher cooking. While Frankel's passion for ingredients and exciting cooking was successful at work, her meals at home were not nearly as inspired. How could the chef-mother cook great meals at home without the elaborate prep of restaurant meals? The answer was sitting in her kitchen: the slow cooker.

That "Shabbat miracle machine," as Frankel calls it, was already getting a weekly workout as a way to provide a warm, satisfying lunch while observing the Sabbath ban on cooking. Once she realized the slow cooker could produce satisfying, creative meals all week long, Frankel's culinary imagination was off and running. Soon she was delighting her family with sophisticated yet simple new dishes, all using ingredients she found in her local market. In Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes, Frankel shares more than 120 easy, enticing recipes for everyday meals and holiday favorites that make amazing use of the humble, ever-reliable slow cooker, including:

Appetizers: Hummos or Hot Wings, Kreplach or Artichoke Caponata—whether you need a little nosh or a full-on fress, dishes to whet every appetite.

Soups: Italian Pumpkin, Indian-spiced Mulligatawny, Tex-Mex Chili, Senegalese Peanut—it's a United Nations of hearty, warming meals-in-a-bowl.

Entrees: International favorites like Moroccan Chicken and Duck Confit meet Jewish classics like Cholent, Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, and dozens more.

Sides: Luscious dishes to complete any meal—some made on the stove, others in the slow cooker—include Toasted Capellini, Carrots with Dried Currants, and Kasha Varnishkes.

Desserts and Breakfasts: Whatever you crave, Chef Frankel's got it, whether it's a comforting treat like Black Forest Bread Pudding or an elegant finale like Poached Pears with Sweet Mascarpone.

With Frankel's signature blending of flavor, convenience, and world-spanning influences, Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes presents a tantalizing collection of mouthwatering recipes that you can make for any meal, from the most casual family dinner to the most elegant celebration. Taking familiar favorites, international specialties, and holiday classics to a whole new level, Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes is for any home cook—kosher or not—longing for time-saving, family-pleasing slow cooker meals using the freshest, highest-quality ingredients.

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120 Holiday and Everyday Dishes Made Easy

Your Slow Cooker: Not for Shabbat Only!

I remember the first time I used my slow cooker—actually I remember the aroma. I came home after a long day and walked into my home to the most welcoming bouquet of wine sauce, simmering beef, onions, and sweet garlic-infused chicken stock. That morning I had thrown some browned beef and vegetables, a little wine and some herbs into the slow cooker and turned on themachine. When I came home, it smelled like I had been there all day, slaving over dinner. I quickly boiled some water for pasta, tossed together a salad, et voilà, dinner was ready. I ate in a state of easy bliss, marveling at what this little machine could do. The best thing is that I barely broke a sweat and yet I was a hero with my family, who previously only thought of the slow cooker as the 'Shabbat cooker.'
Laura Frankel

"We chefs love to eat comfort food, especially after long hours in a restaurant kitchen, and Laura Frankel, one of the best chefs I know, has figured out how to make comforting long-simmering dishes part of her busy life, and now part of yours. Her answer is the slow-cooker; in her capable hands it is more sous chef than gadget. Whether you keep a kosher kitchen or not, you and your family will love the wide range of sophisticated recipes in this book."
Wolfgang Puck

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
jewish slow cooker Sept. 12 2009
By Michelle Arluk - Published on
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I have used this book 3 times now and referenced it many more times. I think it was a bargain and would be at twice the price. the recipes are easy to understand and execute. The results were excellent and hubby and daughter asked only, "when are we having that again?"
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Wow! Dec 29 2010
By L Parr - Published on
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FINALLY a slow cooker book with something truly wonderful and different to offer! I will agree these recipes are not for the faint of heart looking to dump ingredients in the pot before work and then leave. Most of the recipes have many steps before getting to the slow cooker. I will also warn that unless you live in a major metropolis with unlimited culinary resources, you will have to do some online ordering of ingredients, mostly spices.
But it worth it! Flavors that will rival the most expensive restaurant in town!
Although the recipes are time intensive, she lets you know what steps can be done in advance, and many things can be frozen in small batches for future uses and stored for months.
Try the Moroccan-spiced duck with sweet-tart orange sauce and forbidden will be a superstar!
This book is NOT just for Jews, but if you ARE Jewish, you will appreciate the history of some of the more classic recipes and how they morphed with the different cultures.
Although I feel this book is geared toward the accomplished cook, I don't think it's beyond the scope of a beginner with a little patience.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Not as easy as I had hoped Oct. 22 2009
By mind doctor - Published on
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I had hoped that the recipes in this book would be easy---just throw stuff into the crock pot, and it will come out delicious in 12 hours. However, the recipes, although they sound glorious, are not that easy, at least to me a primitive cook. But as far as wonderful recipes that can be made kosher, this book is excellent.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Great addition to the Kosher Kitchen Dec 21 2009
By ppdoc - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I consider myself to be an accomplished cook and am always looking for unique additions to my cookbook shelves. I found this at a Jewish bookstore in Brooklyn and couldn't wait to get it home to give it a try. For anyone in a kosher home who is looking for Shabbos lunch recipes this will be a great addition to your kitchen. My daughter hates standard cholents and I have been looking for recipes that could cook overnight in a crockpot and be ready for Shabbos lunch. Everything I have made so far from this cookbook has been a hit. From the Belgian sweet and sour beef and onion stew to the garlicky pot roast to the Cassoulet everything has been either very good or great. For those of use who are Shabbos observant there will need to be some small adaptions which are typical and not too hard. I would highly suggest this cookbook for anyone looking for something different than the standard beans and barley cholent. Obviously this cookbook isn't limited to those of us who keep kosher or are Sabbath observant, it should be a welcome addition to anyone who uses a slow cooker.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great slow cooker recipe book Nov. 6 2010
By Alina - Published on
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Finally a slow cooker recipe book that helps to produce gourmet meals. I've tried two recipes so far. The lamb tagine was beautiful and actually tasted better on the second and third days, chicken and rice had a unique flavour and I loved being able to "slow cook" a rice dish. Yes, it takes some effort to assemble it all together but is well worth it. Slow cooking is my prefered method now as I'm a working mum with two young children. I only wish there were some pictures in the book for more inspiration. Overall a great buy.