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Posted June 25, 2014
The Great American Slow Cooker Book by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough
I was very excited about getting this book, but while it was good and have many recipes it kind of fell short. There were plenty of recipes and they're written wonderfully and look easy to follow. I think my biggest problem with this cookbook is that there were not enough pictures of the food. The book is 512 pages long and there are only 16 pages of pictures of the food. Most cookbooks generally have at least one picture for every recipe so that the reader can see what the dish is supposed to look like. I think that the writers may have overextended themselves when it came to the amount of recipes.
The recipes themselves are beautifully written and sound delicious. I went through the book and I found so many that I want to try. The Spicy Garlic Shrimp (p. 368) and the Fudgy Brownie Cake (p. 461) are two recipes that really stood out to me and that I can't wait to try. I'm not a big soup person, but the soup section made me reconsider my stance on soups. I only really eat tomato soup and there was a great recipe in the soup section for Creamy Tomato Soup (p. 57) that I wan to try very soon.
The book is set up well and the set up of the sections makes sense. Starting with Breakfast all the way through Dessert. The cover of the book is enticing ut not busy and you can clearly see what the book is about. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book is you learn easier by reading. However, if you're more of a visual learner it might not be for you.
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.
Posted June 22, 2014
The Great American Slow Cooker Book: 500 easy recipes for every day and every size machine is the perfect cookbook for the adventuresome cook who may think slow cookers are old school and boring. Why do I say that? Too often most of us think of the slow cooker are the appliance necessary to keep items warm at pot lucks or it's what we grab when we plan to smother a hunk of meat with a can of soup, some onions, and if we're adventuresome some mushrooms. None of that appeals to those who are into fresh herbs, ethnic tastes, and borderline gourmet.
I guarantee that Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough have not included a single recipe calling for canned soup. Instead, the savory dishes often call for fresh herbs and definitely a wide array of spices with precise directions. No plopping and dumping here. That doesn't mean the recipes are difficult. I made PORK LOIN WITH APPLES AND THYME this weekend and it was delicious -- browned pork, tart apples, white wine, honey, fresh thyme (from my herb garden) and a little seasoning.
EASY PEASY. Some recipes are more complicated but like the title states most are just plain easy but rely on fresh ingredients.
What I like best about this cookbook is that each recipe includes three ingredient lists - 2.5-3 quart, 4 -5.5 quart, 6 quart or larger. Now when I find a recipe I like I can use the smaller recipe in my small crockpot for just hubby and me, but I also know the right proportions for making the same dish for a larger group of people. I also like the wonderful narrative that runs throughout the cookbook. I have collected cook books for decades and I DO read them like they are regular books. This one has so many extra comments that it kept me entertained well beyond looking at the recipes. The two guys really get into the science of how a slow cooker works and how the flavors will develop-- very interesting.
There are some colored photos, but not every recipe has a photo. In other words, this is not a coffee table cookbook, meant to be eye candy. This is meant to be used to prepare meals. With 500 recipes, you are sure to find plenty that you want to try. How about Raspberry Chipotle Chicken Drumsticks or
Chicken Leg Quarters for Tomatoes and Basil for dinner with a Lemon Buttermilk Pudding Cake for dessert? The Great American Slow Cooker Book would make a great gift, especially if you couple it with a new slow cooker. I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review.
Posted March 21, 2014
Posted February 15, 2014
I tried a couple of recipes, one a chicken curry and one a chocolate chip oatmeal cake. I followed the directions for both precisely. The curry was runny and unimaginative and the oatmeal cake was hard as a rock on the outside and completely unooked on the inside. If you buy and use this book, select your recipes carefully. I would suggest leaving "baked goods" to the oven and not using a slow cooker, the heat of which is not evenly distributed or well regulated, to the oven.
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Posted April 23, 2014
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Posted January 8, 2014
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