Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook

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You probably own a slow cooker—80 percent of American households do. For more than thirty years, its unbeatable convenience and practicality have made it a staple of busy families, enabling anyone to return to a home-cooked meal at the end of a hectic day. Many slow cooker recipes, however, have relied on less-than-healthy convenience products.

Now, Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann’s Not Your Mother’s® Slow Cooker Cookbook takes a completely fresh look at cooking with this ...

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Overview

You probably own a slow cooker—80 percent of American households do. For more than thirty years, its unbeatable convenience and practicality have made it a staple of busy families, enabling anyone to return to a home-cooked meal at the end of a hectic day. Many slow cooker recipes, however, have relied on less-than-healthy convenience products.

Now, Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann’s Not Your Mother’s® Slow Cooker Cookbook takes a completely fresh look at cooking with this popular appliance. This comprehensive collection of 350 recipes combines the ease of slow cooking with the fresh, wholesome ingredients and exciting flavors of today’s kitchen.

For days when there’s just no time for prep, there’s Orange and Honey Chicken Drumsticks or Country Ribs with Onions, Apples, and Sauerkraut. For (slightly!) less hectic days there’s Tangy Tomato Brisket or Lentil and Red Pepper Soup. Stay out of the kitchen when guests arrive with Duck Breasts with Port Wine Sauce or wake up to breakfast with Hot Apple Granola Oatmeal. Hensperger and Kaufmann offer dishes for every time frame, without compromising on taste, quality, or variety. And Not Your Mother’s® Slow Cooker Cookbook showcases the best of home cooking while taking advantage of a global melting pot of flavors—so cooks can serve Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya one day and Japanese Beef Curry Rice another. All the classic slow cooker recipes are here, plus many more adventuresome and innovative dishes. There is also practical information on the different types of slow cookers, their latest accessories, and what sizes are best for what purposes.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
According to the authors, 80% of American households own a slow cooker. This whopping collection of 350 recipes is reason enough to unearth that Crock-Pot from the attic or invest in one of the new high-tech models. The title, however, is a misnomer, and not just because the book includes a recipe for "Mom's Beef Stew." Much of what Hensperger (The Bread Bible) and Kaufmann (coauthor, with Hensperger, of The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook) present is exactly the kind of comfort food typically associated with childhood snow days or family gatherings. To use the word "hearty" in describing these recipes is to state the obvious. There are more than a dozen oatmeals and porridges, ranging from Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal to Creamy Cornmeal Porridge. Soups include Vegetarian Split Pea, French Onion, and White Bean with Bacon. Twenty-four types of baked beans are mere prelude for the 14 chili options, including "Senator Barry Goldwater's Arizona Chili" (which gives new meaning to the phrase "bowl of red"). Other recipes are for poultry, meat and fish dishes, and New and Old World dishes are plentiful. The only letdown is the "Not-from-the-Slow Cooker Accompaniments" chapter, with its uninspired choices like Baked Rice, and Mixed Green Salad. But the concluding pages, full of puddings and fruit desserts, atone with sinful treats like Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cake and Rum-Butterscotch Bananas. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Although it's true that recipes like Frijoles Charros or Moroccan Chicken Thighs with Cumin wouldn't have appeared in "your mother's" slow cooker cookbook, many of the other dishes included here-e.g., U.S. Senate Bean Soup and Sloppy Joes-certainly could have. Hensperger and Kaufmann (The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook) provide lots of tips and ideas for getting the most out of another of their favorite kitchen appliances. But while the slow cooker works well for stews, braises, chutneys, and steamed puddings, some of the recipes are a bit of a stretch. Take Caramel Apples, which uses the cooker (and one to two hours' time) to melt store-bought caramels with water for the apple coating. For collections where other slow-cooker books are popular. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558322455
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Series: NYM Series
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 157,580
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 1.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Beth Hensperger, a New Jersey native who has lived in California since her teens, has been educating, writing, and demo-lecturing about the art of baking for over 30 years. In the last few years, she has shifted focus to countertop appliance-driven cookbooks that embrace adapting traditional and professional recipes for the home cook: the bread machine, the rice cooker, the microwave, and a four-volume compilation specifically for use with the electric slow cooker, stressing personal creativity in preparation and selection of ingredients. Hensperger is the author of over 22 cookbooks, including the best-selling Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook series, which includes NYMSC Recipes for Entertaining, NYMSC Family Favorites, and NYMSC Recipes for Two, along with the blockbuster first volume, Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook. Her other books include highly-acclaimed titles such as The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook, The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook, NYM Microwave Cookbook, and NYM Weeknight Cooking. She is also the author of The Bread Bible (Chronicle Books), winner of a James Beard Award in 2000. She has twice been nominated for the Julia Child/IACP Cookbook Award. Hensperger wrote a San José Mercury News food column for twelve years, “Baking with the Seasons.” She is a contributor to dozens of national and online cooking & lifestyle magazines, such as Food & Wine, Rachael Ray Magazine, Veggie Life, Cooking Light, Working Woman, Victoria, Prevention, and Family Circle, and is a sought after newspaper and radio interviewee speaking on slow cooking, bread baking, and entertaining. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Visit her website at www.bethhensperger.com and blog at www.notyourmotherscookbook.com.

Julie Kaufmann, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has lived in California since 1979. She is an editor of the food section of the San José Mercury News. Before becoming a food editor, she wrote “Kids in the Kitchen,” a twice-monthly food column for kids, also for the San José Mercury News. She previously worked on West, which was the Sunday magazine for the San José Mercury News, and spent a decade on the paper's business section. In addition to her work at the San José Mercury News, Kaufmann has taught editing in the Communications Department at Santa Clara University, in Santa Clara, California. Until recently she co-wrote a monthly mystery novel review with her husband for the San José Mercury News. She is an avid home cook who has coauthored several books with Beth Hensperger. Kaufmann lives in Palo Alto, California, with her husband and two children. Web: NotYourMothersCookbooks.com; Facebook presence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2006

    Some good recipes, some disappointments

    I have made several recipes from this book to rave reviews - so don't for one second think that the recipes are not top notch. They really are very good. Here's the problem: this is a slow cooker book that requires you to do some cooking on the stove before using the slow cooker. It's an ingenious way to use the device for more complicated cooking but it also STINKS if you want to have an easy meal prepare itself. I am not fond of the extra steps. This isn't a book for the busy person.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2006

    I love this cookbook!!!

    I have now cooked every recipe in this book and have not had one bad experience. In fact my family raved about every single one. I will definitely buy more books from this author!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2011

    A good supplement to other cookbooks

    I've cooked only a few recipes from this book, and although they were good, they weren't excellent. Like some other reviewers, I'm inclined to use my slow cooker for complete meals that I can prepare early in the day and then forget about until mealtime. This book has several recipes that require adding ingredients during the cooking process, and I doubt that I will prepare those dishes. However, what's good about this cookbook, for our cooking style, is that it gives me ideas of ingredient combinations. For that, it's a good supplement to other cookbooks on my shelf.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    A must-have for working moms or families on the go who want to eat healthy!

    I initially bought "Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipe Book for Two" for my sister for Christmas. She is a nurse and her husband is a soccer coach. They are constantly on the go, but try to eat a healthy, home-cooked meal for dinner each evening. She sang the praises of that book so much I bought this one for my crazy-busy family.

    The authors give a thorough lesson on slow cooking and the book is filled with how-to tips and serving suggestions. Each recipe's "lead-in" is interesting and often gives the background of the recipe. If a recipe is the work of another cook or author, credit is given along with a mention of the recipe originator's other work. Additionally, the recipes are easy to follow, healthy, and certainly not an average slow cooker meal.

    I have personally cooked about a dozen recipes from this book and each is tasty and as well-prepared as if I had used a conventional cooking method. Don't be fooled into thinking you can just throw in 3 or 4 ingredients and leave it all day, however. A considerable amount of prep work is often necessary for these recipes. Also, some do require additional steps while the recipe is cooking, such as "add pasta and cook for an additional hour" type instructions, but after preparing a recipe or two, you'll be hooked on the results.

    With the ethnically diverse and health-conscious recipes in this book, you'll never be bored and your meals will cook while you go about your busy day. This cookbook will be on my shelves and its recipes on my table for many years to come.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    Not Your Mother's slow Cooker Cookbook

    I had great hopes for this book - the recipes looked interesting and varied.

    However, to date I have been very disappointed with the results. The recipes result in bland, uninteresting meals.

    Overall a great disappointment.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    This book is definitely different from other slow cooker cookbooks!

    I've always loved using my slow cooker, but the cookbooks I usually found were outdated. I couldn't wait to sit down with this cookbook after receiving it for Mother's Day. The use of fresh ingredients and the updated recipes suit my family's lifestyle much more than the old slow cooker cookbooks I had been using. I've already made a couple of recipes to rave reviews from the family. The recipes are varied and interesting, taking traditional recipes from India, Morocco, Mexico, and other locales and adapting them for the slow cooker. I highly recommend this cookbook to anyone trying to feed their family well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2008

    Nutritious & Delicious

    Great book with meals that you feel happy to feed your family. Some slow cook books are too heavy. There are several family favs in here!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Great Cookbook

    As the title indicates, this is not your mother's cookbook. It has recipes that you wouldn't normally associate with the slow cooking method and expands your options. I have tried several recipes since purchasing the cookbook and have purchased copies for my daughters who depend on their slow cookers frequently. To date, none of us have expeerienced any problems or failures with any of the recipes. I recommend this cookbook for busy moms and women (or men) who go off to work every morning and want to come home to a good meal already prepared and waiting.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

    A Must For the Slow Cooker Cook

    This book is my go to book for all things "slow cooker". I often take the recipes and use them as a guide for converting some of my favorite regular recipes to slow cooker use. I have also taken some of these recipes and changed them so I could do them on the stove top in a pinch.
    I have bought this book as gifts for a few people who have started using slow cookers and have also recommended it to people who were debating which book to buy in the store.
    My favoorite is brisket with coke. My daughter's favorite is a Mexican Chicken dish. I have also enjoyed a Moroccan chicken dish.
    This is the book to buy for new slow cooker recipes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    Great Slow Cooker Recipes!

    I've tried close to 10 different recipes in this cookbook and all of them were delicious. The instructions are easy to follow and really straightforward. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a slow cooker cookbook. The only thing missing is the calorie count per serving, but otherwise, it's a worth buying.

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