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The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes [Bargain Price] [Paperback]

Judith Finlayson
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Sept. 1 2001

Slow Cookers are the ideal appliance for today's lifestyle because they make meal preparation so manageable. An indispensable assistant, a slow cooker will help you prepare delicious food that requires a minimum of attention, while ensuring a maximum of success. But the recipes are key. In The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes, you'll find superb recipes that will exceed your expectations for not only preparing everyday meals, but also for entertaining -- from casual Friday nights to even the most challenging special occasions,

Everyone wants food that is easy and flavorful, whether it's an old favorite that evokes fond memories such as Classic Boeuf Bourguignon, Shepherd's Pie with Creamy Corn Filling or Pineapple Upside-Down Spice Cake. New taste sensations that reflect today's globalized world can be found in Pumpkin Soup with Shrimp and Lime, Stuffed Pot Roast in Cumin-Flavored Gravy or Thai-Style Coconut Flan. Old standards or new classics, The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes has an abundance of appetizing and dependable recipes.

150 Recipes -- 50+ Color Photographs
Dependable Tips and Techniques
Appetizers to Desserts
Make Ahead Ideas

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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)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By maudlin
If you're a purist about using *just* the slow cooker, even though the browning step produces more intense and balanced flavours and only one extra item to clean, this book isn't for you.
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Send your slow cooker on a world tour Oct. 19 2001
Many slow cooker books strongly feature American dishes like chili, short ribs and stew. Nothing wrong with that, we all love those comforting favorites. However, it's easy to get bored with your slow cooker and then consign it to the back of that kitchen cupboard next to the fondue pot and the raclette set. Judith Finlayson's book could have you dragging the old Crok-King out of the cabinet again to try Pumpkin Soup with Shrimp and Lime, Bobotie (South African meat curry pie) and Thai-Style Coconut Flan. There are also recipes for seasoned mixed nuts and hot spinach cheese dip and even, dare I say it, fondue. Sounds like a party in the makings!
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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for the slow cooker cook Feb. 16 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 good old mainstream dishes you'll want to make every week. The pictures are a real help--they make you want to try certain recipes. So far I have slightly tweaked every recipe I've made from this book (as any good home cook will do)--and everything has come out perfectly. I am still looking for some really baisc items like how to cook dried beans. The book has bean recipes, but I want the "skeleton" recipe I can plug my own ingredients into. I guess that will come with experience. I disagree with another reviewer about the necessity for multiple crock pots...it might help to have multiple units, but you'll do fine with any pot 5qt and larger.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This lavishly illustrated, obviously well-researched cookbook suffers from a mistake so fundamental that it veers into self-parody: at least 95% of the recipes (I'm not exaggerating - I checked) start with or contain the phrase "In a skillet..."
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.
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