The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes
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Opposite the pressure cooker's speed stands the leisurely pace of the slow cooker, also enjoying new popularity. Despite the hyperbole of the title, The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes breaks out of the usual soups/stews confinement of other Crock-Pot cookbooks. Judith Finlayson has gone to some trouble to create spicy Caribbean Pepper Pot Soup, full of tropical vegetables and hot pepper. Hearty Carbonnade reproduces the famous Flemish beef casserole, complete with its obligatory beer. Rarely seen elsewhere, South Africa's national dish, Bobotie, here boasts curry-spiked meat under an egg topping. Indian dishes, both meat and vegetarian, also appear. Even cake is not out of the question if the slow cooker is prepared as Finlayson suggests. There are enough temptingly tasty recipes here to keep those slow cookers plugged in 24 hours a day. Mark Knoblauch
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There are enough temptingly tasty recipes here to keep those slow cookers plugged in 24 hours a day. (Mark Knoblauch Booklist 20011215)See all Product Description
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If you aren't interested in a mixture of English/North American standards along with a number of spicy recipes (Korean, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Hungarian, etc.), or if you will have a difficult time finding the ingredients because your supermarkets has a limited selection, this book may not be for you.
But if you love a variety of national cuisines and can get the ingredients, you'll love this book. The Easy Chicken Paprikash (using canned soups and sweet paprika, easy to find anywhere) was amazing. The New Potato Curry (using curry powder available in any supermarket, although I made up my own mixture) was wonderful, even though I left out the fresh cilantro as I didn't have any on hand. Time required to clean the cast iron skillet for each recipe: 30 seconds.
There are a lot of slow cooker recipe books out there with great recipes for beans, stews, and soups. Get one of those if all you want to make are those great standards. Keep in mind, though, that you will find similar recipes in this book, such as Bakers' Potatoes with Onions, Creamed Onions, Shredded Chicken for tacos and sandwiches (no pre-browning!), Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole, Homestyle Chicken with Gingersnap Gravy, Pork Ribs and Beans, Pork Chops with Onions in Mustard Sauce, Pot Roast with Tomato or Gingersnap Gravy, Beef Noodle Casserole with Cheddar-Crumb Topping, Meat Loaf, Southwestern Brisket, Shepherd's Pie, Swiss Steak, Smothered Steak, Chicken Fried Steak, Mushroom Barley Soup, Black Bean Soup, and Seafood Gumbo.Read more ›
If you don't want to dine nightly on exotic fare, however, there are good versions of old standbys like Shepherd's Pie with Corn (ground beef, corn and mashed potato topping.) This is certainly one recipe that we love to come home to find steaming away in the slow cooker. There are also desserts, soups, appetizers and casseroles and roasts, even a vegetarian chili. The desserts are puddings or fruit based cakes and cobblers.
Some of the recipes are designed for certain types of slow cookers; small size crock pots are specified for the appetizers, oval shaped for roasts. So if you only have one type of cooker, you may not be able to make some recipes come out without figuring out how to adjust them. On the other hand, a small crock pot is a handy item for entertaining and you might find one at a yard sale. This book could also help you decide which pot to buy, based on the type of recipe you are likely to make the most.
The photographs are clear and colorful, the recipes are varied enough to suit most tastes. If you would like to dust off your slow cooker and take it on a world tour, this book will serve as a great travel guide, but there are plenty of home-style recipes for when you just want something familiar.
What is the point of using a slow cooker if I have to haul out a skillet first?
I mean, if I'm going to have to tangle with the skillet, I might as well skip the slow cooker and use the Le Creuset dutch oven. Since I can brown and simmer in one pot, I save on clean-up.
This author clearly cares deeply about her cooking. But she's insane. The slow cooker is helpful because you can dump everything in at once, turn it on - and forget about it. Once you turn the stove on, you're not in slow-cooker country anymore.
I'm sure many of her recipes produce lovely results. But that's not the point: they don't keep within the limitations of the device they're supposedly written for. That means they're useless.
Even if you're e.e. cummings, you don't produce free verse when a sonnet is required.
Most recent customer reviews
A friend recommended this book to me and I am impressed with the versatility of the recipes for a slow cooker. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2009 by Dawn Wilson
Clear directions, good photos, and some good basic recipes make this a fairly good cookbook. Many of the recipes, however, have unusual/exotic ingredients that the average person... Read morePublished on May 12 2002
I actually returned a newer text because I saw this one a day later and preferred it. This book has the right mix between newer and more "progressive" recipes and the... Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2002 by Jeff Howard