Deborah Fochler, February 23, 2008 (view all comments by Deborah Fochler)
A very unusual, extremely useful group of recipes designed for the slow cooker. Many years ago, when I was a working mom, it was great to put in beef stew or soups and an occasional casserole. But about ten years ago, I gave away my slow cooker. Then, a friend gave me this book - I went out and bought a new slow cooker and have rediscovered why it has remained a much used utensil for so long. But, dont expect the usual recipes from this book. They are easy, different, extremely delicious and will surprise and amaze you that someone else hasnt taken the time to invent new recipes for the slow cooker. It is truly the easiest way to cook, with no fuss, easy clean up and a home cooked meal. Great collection of recipes.
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Jennifer Sader, March 26, 2007 (view all comments by Jennifer Sader)
This cookbook has a great variety of recipes for the slow cooker that go way beyond the usual casseroles and chili recipes. It's especially great to see such a variety of healthy recipes, like ways to do beans and whole grains in the slow cooker. There is also a section of recipes that are not for the slow cooker designed to accompany the crockpot fare.
The recipes are simple, easy to follow, and use mostly familiar ingredients, though there are a few that will be new to many cooks. Unlike most crockpot cookbooks, it goes far beyond creations made with cream soups, hamburger, and cheese
The addition of nutritional information and pictures would have made this a five-star cookbook, but it is a great guide for price. I haven't seen anything else that comes close.
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Harvard Common Press -
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by 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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Library Journal,
"Hensperger and Kaufmann provide lots of tips and ideas for getting the most out of another of their favorite kitchen appliances."
by Slow Cooking (Women's Day special publication),
"[G]ives slow cooking a hip new twist."
by Times Union, Albany, NY,
"One of the best...a compilation of recipes that is thoroughly modern, covering a wide flavor spectrum."
by Boston Herald,
"From meatloaf to soups to desserts, this book might make your oven a storage space...The perfect companion to a Crock-Pot."
by Rowman Littlefield,
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.
New slow cooker recipes from the wildly popular Crockpot365.blogspot.com and New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Oand#8217;Dea
Mediterranean cooking using the slow cooker, with 125 recipes
With the combination of tradition, innovation, and ease that have made her recipes so popular, Michele Scicolone gathers intriguing dishes from every corner of the Mediterranean and streamlines them for the slow cooker. The range is eye-opening:and#160;from simplified and freshened classics like Greek shrimp with tomatoes and feta, to Israeli sweet and sour meatballs, to Moroccan vegetable tagine, to coffee-caramel flan from Spain. But Scicolone also serves up a profusion of fascinatingand#160;lesser-known dishes: a creamy polenta lasagna, a port-braised chicken from Portugal, a spiced frittata from Tunisia, and Bandit's Lamb, as well as her own seductive creations, like Cannoli Cheesecake.
Slow cooker fans love their devices becauseand#160;they are easyand#160;to use andand#160;allowand#160;home cooksand#160;to buy affordable cuts of meatand#160;thatand#160;become fall-off-the-bone tender. The challenge is finding well-tested recipes, and thatand#8217;s where best-selling author Stephanie Oand#8217;Dea comes in, with her wildly popular website (crockpot365.blogspot.com)and#160;that attracts more than a million visitors a month. In addition, Oand#8217;Dea has made numerous nationaland#160;morning show appearances, including on Good Morning America.and#160;Fans have beenand#160;clamoring for a new cookbook, and this one ties directly to her website with 365 recipes. Every recipe is written with gluten-free options, so there is a large secondary audience for this book. Full-color photography will further entice slow cooker enthusiasts, making this a must-have collection.
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