175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics

175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics

by Judith Finlayson


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Using Judith Finlayson's recipes, thousands of home cooks have discovered how delicious and convenient food prepared in the slow cooker can be, and also how this handy appliance can be used to create an extraordinary range of dishes.

This full-color cookbook is now available in trade paperback with a new cover. Included are 60 new recipes, in addition to the favorites from three of her previous slow cooker cookbooks that span a wide range of meals for all occasions. These everyday favorites recipes will satisfy and delight everyone in the family.

With 100 color photographs and extensive tips and techniques, delicious results are guaranteed every time. The make-ahead instructions maximize convenience, and the vegetarian and vegan recipes are clearly identified. This will be the go-to cookbook for the creative home chef.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778805243
Publisher: Rose, Robert Incorporated
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Judith Finlayson is a bestselling author whose lifelong love of food and passion for cooking has translated into sales of over 1 million cookbooks. Visit her at judithfnlayson.com.

Table of Contents


    Using Your Slow Cooker
    Slow Cooker Tips
    Food Safety

    Appetizers, Fondues and Savories


    Beef and Veal

    Pork and Lamb


    Fish and Seafood

    Meatless Mains

    Grains and Sides





Since writing my first slow cooker book more than five years ago, I've become more and more convinced that this simple and easy-to-use appliance can play a significant role in helping families enjoy delicious and nutritious home-cooked food on even the busiest days. Quite simply, the slow cooker is one of the most effective time-management tools any cook can have. It allows you to be in the kitchen when it is most convenient and cooks your meals untended, freeing you up to do all the other things you need to get done in a day.

One great benefit to using a slow cooker is that most dishes can be substantially prepared ahead of time and refrigerated (the Make ahead component of my recipes contains detailed recipe-specific instructions that explain how to do this). When you're ready to cook, you combine the ingredients, drop the stoneware into the casing and turn the appliance on. Then, if other commitments call,
you can safely leave the house and, depending how long you are away, arrive home to be greeted by the appetizing aroma of a home — cooked meal.

The list of things you can make in your slow cooker is almost infinite. Mouth-watering soups, chilies, stews, pot roasts — even desserts — cook almost magically on their own. Most savory dishes are cooked with aromatics such as onions and garlic, which bring out their natural flavor and enhance the rich, complex sauces the slow cooker excels at producing. I find that spices, judiciously added, work well in the slow cooker, helping to develop the taste of the final result. Using these recipes, you'll be able to create meals that will soon become family favorites. Better still, producing such outstanding results requires a minimal amount of your attention.

While my slow cooker dishes certainly qualify as nutritious, they are also good for us in other respects. Social scientists tell us that getting families together around the table has benefits that extend beyond nutrition. Among other advantages, when families eat together on a regular basis, children are more likely to do better in school and less likely to become involved in negative behaviors such as smoking or alcohol abuse. At the very least, the kind of dishes the slow cooker excels at producing — hearty soups and stews and comforting old-fashioned desserts — offer a reassuring antidote to the stresses of our fast-paced age.

This book includes many of my favorite recipes from my first two books, as well as more than sixty new ones that have been developed especially for this volume. I hope you will enjoy them and, if you haven't already, will make the slow cooker a regular part of your life.

Judith Finlayson

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Scott_In_Asheville More than 1 year ago
A few of the recipes in this cookbook are pretty good - but for me, it's just not that practical. I was looking for some slow cooker recipes to try out, other than the two or three very standard ones I already use. However, the whole reason I use the slow cooker is to "set it and forget it". If you're going to do a whole lot of pre-cooking of ingredients and have to tend to the dish while it's cooking, then what's the point of using a Crock-Pot? You might as well just be cooking a regular dish. I don't mind the standard browning-of-the-meat and chopping of the ingredients, but most of these recipes call for quite a bit of sautéing and such before adding the ingredients. Some of the recipes really seemed like the author was stretching. Like she was trying to prove that you really can cook ANYTHING in a slow cooker. I mean, baking bread in a slow cooker? Give me a break.