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Slow Cooker Revolution

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

30 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

My Absolute Favorite Slow Cooker Cookbook!

I love to watch America's Test Kitchen on my local PBS station. I have had many light bulb moments on how to fix many of my kitchen disasters by watching the program. When I saw that America's Test Kitchen had published a Slow Cooker cookbook, I knew I wanted to check i...
I love to watch America's Test Kitchen on my local PBS station. I have had many light bulb moments on how to fix many of my kitchen disasters by watching the program. When I saw that America's Test Kitchen had published a Slow Cooker cookbook, I knew I wanted to check it out. I love using my slow cooker but sometimes the end result doesn't turn out all that great. I do use the slow cooker every week regardless as it a huge time saver in a busy household like ours.

When I first received my cookbook I noticed that these were not the type of slow cooker recipes you can just dump in the slow cooker, plug in, hit the switch and be done. I must admit that I was disappointed. I am all about quick and easy when it comes to cooking. I decided to read on in the cookbook. Each recipe includes explanations on why they took the extra steps such as browning meats or veggies before adding them to the slow cooker. There is a paragraph before each recipe on Why This Recipe Works. For the first time in my slow cooker life I knew why some of my recipes did not turn out so well.

The first recipe I tried was Southern-Style Chicken and Dirty Rice. Rice and pasta in the slow cooker have been huge disasters for me in the past. I was skeptical at best. I read the explanation on using instant rice versus long grain rice in the slow cooker and moved forward making the recipe. I followed the recipe and found it really wasn't all that difficult. Sauces in the slow cooker have always turned out too watery for me but this recipe had me start the sauce in the skillet before hand along with the browning of the sausage and vegetables and it turned out perfect! I did double the recipe for my family of 5 large eaters.

I was very happy with end result! The extra steps made all the difference in the world! So much so that I would highly recommend this cookbook to those who really dislike slow cooker food. Yes, the recipes are a bit more work than your average dump and cook recipes. The helpful tips and explanations will help make your slow cooker cooking experience so much better in the long run. I can't wait to try more of the recipes in the cookbook.

posted by retromom on July 16, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

10 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

NOT FOR THE NOVICE COOK!

Cooking terminology used seemed to be more than a time-stressed cook would know. I could not find mention of how to adjust the recipe for different size slow cookers. Recipes do not include total amount of prep time or post slow cooker time needed. You have to read each...
Cooking terminology used seemed to be more than a time-stressed cook would know. I could not find mention of how to adjust the recipe for different size slow cookers. Recipes do not include total amount of prep time or post slow cooker time needed. You have to read each recipe to figure that out. No nutritional information included in the recipes. Not what I expected from a cookbook.

posted by grncapri19 on March 28, 2011

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    NOT FOR THE NOVICE COOK!

    Cooking terminology used seemed to be more than a time-stressed cook would know. I could not find mention of how to adjust the recipe for different size slow cookers. Recipes do not include total amount of prep time or post slow cooker time needed. You have to read each recipe to figure that out. No nutritional information included in the recipes. Not what I expected from a cookbook.

    10 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 23, 2011

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