Slow Cooker Revolution

Slow Cooker Revolution

by America's Test Kitchen

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Overview

The 200 recipes in this family-friendly collection deliver a revolution in slow cooking like only America's Test Kitchen can!

Who doesn't like the idea of throwing ingredients into a slow cooker and coming back hours later to a finished meal? Too bad most slow cooker recipes deliver mediocre results you'd rather forget than fix again. A team of ten test cooks at America's Test Kitchen spent a year developing recipes, and what they discovered will change the way you use your slow cooker.

Did you know that onions garlic, and spices should be bloomed in the microwave for five minutes before they go into the slow cooker? This simple step intensifies their flavor and requires no extra work. Did you know that a little soy sauce mixed with tomato paste adds meaty flavors to almost any stew and can often replace the tedious step of browning the meat? And do you know the secret to a moist slow-cooker chicken? Start the bird upside down to protect the delicate white meat from drying out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933615691
Publisher: America's Test Kitchen
Publication date: 02/15/2011
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 138,373
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

America’s Test Kitchen is well-known for its top-rated television shows with more than 4 million weekly public television viewers, bestselling cookbooks, magazines, websites, and cooking school. The highly reputable and recognizable brands of America’s Test Kitchen, Cook’s Illustrated, and Cook’s Country are the work of over 60 passionate chefs based in Boston, Massachusetts, who put ingredients, cookware, equipment, and recipes through objective, rigorous testing to identify the very best. Discover, learn, and expand your cooking repertoire with Julia Collin Davison, Bridget Lancaster, Jack Bishop, Dan Souza, Lisa McManus, Tucker Shaw, Bryan Roof, and our fabulous team of test cooks!

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Slow Cooker Revolution 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
retromom More than 1 year ago
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.
Yogaenthusiast More than 1 year ago
I am biased towards the research of America's Test Kitchen, and this cookbook exceeded all expectations. The results are simply delicious. I love the insights into why a particular recipe will work. The preliminary steps before adding ingredients to the slow cooker are well explained and yield superior results. I highly recommend this cookbook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow cooker recipes often are a hit and miss. I appreciate that America's Test Kitchen has done a number of tests on these recipes so that they actually work. I've tried a couple and they are quite delicious as long as quality ingredients are used. Yes, it does take more time than the typical slow cooker recipe, but that little investment of time is well worth it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of America's Test Kitchen for years and the book follows that format. The recipes are a bit fussy, but the details explain why they used a certain procedure. I've tried about five of the recipes and the results were excellent- especially the lasagna! The chicken recipes were also very good. All in all, I'm very happy with this cook book.
dt2MI More than 1 year ago
So far, so good. Tried three recipies so far and all three have been very good. Really like the background information that preceds each recipe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have used slow cooker recipes from many sources, but this is one of the best collections I've found. A great gift to include with any slow cooker!
ioveteddies More than 1 year ago
I have subscribed to Cooks and Cooks Country for several years, and own several of their cookbooks. This is the best information for slow cookers that I've ever seen (and I have several books for slow cookers), and it is comprehensive. From selecting a style or model of cooker, to using foil to diffuse the heat, the tips are very helpful. I made the Big Batch Bolognese sauce, and it was the best meat sauce I've made. The recipes give the time requirements, number of servings, etc. so no surprises there. Very happy with my purchase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I love best about this book is that America's Test Kitchen includes a "Why this works" section in the recipe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The recipes in this book are the most flavorful than any other slow cooker book I have tried. The applesauce was to die for and sooo easy. I will be making many more recipes when the weather cools down. Some of the recipes seem time consuming, but the reasoning behnind it makes for a better meal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why did I wait so long to get this cookbook? I'll be using it again today. My family has enjoyed what I have cooked so far.
Lana2 More than 1 year ago
My family and I love the recipes! Looking forward to trying more!! :)
grncapri19 More than 1 year ago
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.
Sandy5 6 months ago
I can’t believe I have never reviewed this cookbook as it is one of my favorites. I have been an American’s Test Kitchen followers for years and I can’t tell you how many of their recipes I have made over the years. I also subscribe to both the Cooks Country Magazine and Cooks Illustrated Magazine; they both offer recipes yet they each are different in their own unique way (check out their website site). You can see how much I use this cookbook by the post-its at the top, and I do write in this book. This is one of my go-to crock-pot cookbooks. First, why I like American Test Kitchen. The variety of cookbooks they have is amazing! From vegan, cooking for two, diabetes, meat, brunch, pies, etc. (I’m sure you’ll find something in their stack for you). I like their cookbooks as they use normal ingredients that I have in my pantry or that I would find at my grocery store. I also feel that I am cooking something that’s normal, it’s not a dish that can only be served on special occasions. I like their recipes because they try these recipes over and over again until they are perfect. With each recipe, they include a description as to WHY the recipe works. It can include things they tried in the recipe, what they changed, what worked and what didn’t. I think that’s interesting. With this cookbook, you will not get a picture with every recipe but you will get serving size and cooking time. Nutritional information is not available. There are 12 main food categories in this cookbook: soups, stews, braises, chilis, BBQ favorites and more, pasta sauces, meatballs meatloaves and more, enchiladas tacos and more, casseroles, on the side, eggs and brunch, and desserts. There’s also a basic section (broths, sauces, gravy, etc.), an index, and a slow cooker 101 section. I have bought this cookbook as a wedding present many times, have bought it for friends and each of my kids have a copy as I think it’s fantastic. I have made the Farm Stand Tomato Sauce, the Chili Mac, Tomato Macaroni and Cheese, Meatballs and Marinara, Chicken, Tomato, and Olive Sauce, White Chicken Chili, Smothered Pork Chops with Onions and Bacon, Old Fashioned Beef and Noodle Soup, Tex-Mex Chicken Stew, Bachelor Beef Stew…….(I think I will stop). I will comment that with their recipes, there is prep time. You might need to brown your pork chops before putting them in the crockpot or you might need to simmer/mix some ingredients before pouring it into your crockpot but this is worth it. If you short on time in the morning, I have done these steps the night before and stored the product in the retrig. Overnight and just continued with the recipe in the morning and the recipe turned out fine for me. I highly recommend this cookbook!
caitemaire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yes, I am a big fan of America's Test Kitchen. I love their TV show on PBS, I love their magazine, Cook's Illustrated, and I love their cookbooks. And there is none I love more that their new one, one that takes on the slow cooker. If you are a fan of the slow cooker...or someone who has one gathering dust on a pantry shelf...this is a book you will like. For fans, it will add a wide variety of well tested recipes to the favorites you are already making. For those of you that are not using your slow cooker at much as you might like, for any number of reasons, this book will answer all the questions that may be holding you back.In that particular rather geeky way that I love, ATK starts at the beginning with how to buy a slow cooker and the keys that will make your recipes a success. Then it is into the 200 recipes, broken down into categories- Soups, Stews, Braises, Chilies, Barbecue, Pasta Sauces, Meatballs and Meatloaves, Enchiladas and Tacos, Casseroles (Mac and Cheese, using uncooked pasta), On the Side, Eggs and Brunch, Desserts (Nutella Bread Pudding..oh, be still my heart) and ends with Basics, which covers things like jam, applesauce, gravy and four different broths. There is quite a range of recipes here, and since the vast majority use fresh ingredients, some prep is needed in many. But there is also a number marked "Easy Prep" that are, well, easy prep.This is a very attractive book, each recipe on a full page, many with a full page, full color photograph opposite. I tell you, if you look at the photos in this book, there is no way you will not want it.But this is ATK, so you know they are going to throw in a lot of practical, useful information as well. A nice full page article of how to use the microwave to help out that slow cooker, "All About Herbs" and "Pasta 101" are a couple of examples. Many pages, in addition to a recipe will have one of ATK's "Smart Shopping Tips", like the best brand of canned beans, jarred tomato sauce or coconut milk, and "Quick Prep Tips", like the best way to cut stew meat, prepare your hearty greens or use lemon grass. And many recipes will have a nice little On The Side box on the page, giving a quick, easy recipe for something that would go perfect with the slow cooker dish, like Easy Mashed Potatoes, Caesar Salad or Cheese Toasties. Golly, they sounds so good....And I love that ever recipe starts with a paragraph explaining "Why This Recipe Works", where they show what they learned in testing. Why use high or low in this recipe, why add this or that ingredient, and techniques to use that will really make the dish turn out it's best.I have a long way to go with my slow cooker. Soup, especially a great sound onion soup with a surprise ingredient, may be my next attempt. Then something I would never think of, like the delicious cooking Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna (they use a foil collar and foil sling for easy removal of their lasagnas, like the sausage one on the cover). Or how about Coconut Rice Pudding?But I started with the more classic braised Pork Loin with Cranberries and Orange...which was so easy and so delicious.
bookaholicmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
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