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The Gourmet Slow Cooker: Simple and Sophisticated Meals from Around the World
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2004
I've tried three recipes so far from this collection, each one more complex than the last, as I gain my trust in this author. The Baked Eggplant was ridiculously easy (just cut the eggplants into cubes and cook on low for 4-6 hours, then add the seasonings after the cooking is done.) Next I tried the Tuscan White Bean Soup, which was excellent and not at all watery, like most crock-pot soups. Finally, I made a pot of Mexican Chicken in Peanut and Ancho Chili Sauce, and I can finally say that I've found a crock pot book that really does work.
The author encourages crock-pot users to lift the lid and stir while the food is cooking; I heartily agree, because the food ends up well cooked and NOT the watery, insipid mess I usually got. These are recipes that will not taste like a well-meaning, "good-for-you" home economics project. But this means you can't start your supper in the morning and have it done when you're back from work: the result may be watery. That's been my experience with other books, like Judith Finalyson's.
So if you're going to be home and willing to keep an eye on your slow cooker while it's doing its thing, you will be very satisfied with the recipes in this book.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2004
Our book discussion group recently met at the home of a member who can't often attend our meetings because of her demanding work schedule. We entered her home to be welcomed by the delicious aroma of PORK STEW WITH TOMATILLOS, prepared from The Gourmet Slow Cooker cookbook. After an outstanding meal, we shelved our scheduled discussion book and spent the evening looking through and discussing this wonderful cookbook and how it has simplified and enhanced dinnertime for a working woman and her family.
This is NOT your typical crockpot cookbook filled with 90% chicken recipes where you add frozen vegetables and canned soup (yuck!). The ingredients are fresh meat and vegetables, seasonings and spices. The international cuisine is a exciting change from the beef stew and cheese dip mindset we had long associated with slow cooker food preperation.
I am looking at my slow cooker with new enthusiasm, one friend is resurrectiong her THREE slow cookers from the basement and sharing two of them with other bookgroup members. The six of us without it are purchasing THE GOURMET SLOW COOKER and looking forward to ready-when-you-get-home gourmet meals for our families. And, of course, a make-ahead treat for the Wild Women of Wednesday Book Discussion Group when we are the hostess of the month.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2013
This is a wonderful book; beautiful photography and easy to follow instructions. I especially liked the multi-cultural focus.
I would certainly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2012
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If you follow the recipes, you will be very pleased. Everything I have tried is elegant and could be served to company.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2013
I love the slow cooker & this gave us some inspired meals, I enjoyed pairing the meals with the recommended beverages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2014
The ingredients are exotic, difficult to find and very expensive. The process long and complex with mixed results. I have been consistently disappointed. Not worth all the expense and effort.
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on August 25, 2015
I have not cooked a lot of recipes out of this book yet, but the ones that I did try turned out very well. This is not your wipe-up-a-meal-with-minimum-effort kind of book. You will need to do some prep before putting the food in the slow booker. But of course, you get better results because of that. :)
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on July 1, 2015
Beautifully illustrated and very easy to follow recipes. Ingredients are those readily stocked in most cook's pantry. I will give this book as a gift many times over I'm sure.
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on March 15, 2015
Recipes aren't great. I have tried a few of them and they are really bland. I like my food with lots of flavour. You won't get that from this cookbook.
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on February 9, 2014
I bought the cookbook as a gift for my daughter for Christmas. She has already shared receipes with her mother-in-law!
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