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Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbookby Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann
Synopses & Reviews
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 Cookbookshowcases 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.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Hensperger and Kaufmann provide lots of tips and ideas for getting the most out of another of their favorite kitchen appliances." Library Journal
"[G]ives slow cooking a hip new twist." Slow Cooking (Women's Day special publication)
"One of the best...a compilation of recipes that is thoroughly modern, covering a wide flavor spectrum." Times Union, Albany, NY
"From meatloaf to soups to desserts, this book might make your oven a storage space...The perfect companion to a Crock-Pot." Boston Herald
The slow cooker is perfect for today's lifestyle, in which everyone is time- and energy-conscious, economy-wise, concerned about nutrition, and demanding of great flavor. This book offers a way of traditional cooking that's new and fresh.
Not Your Mother's guide to 350 recipes for getting the most out of today's slow cooker.
300 tasty slow cooker recipes focusing on fresh ingredients and flavors. 50,000 first printing.
About the Author
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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