Synopses & Reviews
Fondue pot, chafing dish, punch bowl, sauceboat, chili pot, soup tureen - and much more! The slow cooker is simply a must-have entertaining assistant. With these fabulous 300-plus recipes, you can offer your guests the kind of relaxed, welcoming, confident hospitality that comes from being able to prepare fresh, delicious food ahead of time. For casual entertaining, this book offers snazzy and flavorful recipes like Slow Cooker Cassoulet, Gringo Chili for a Crowd, Devilishly Good Beef Short Ribs, Chicken Mole Enchilada Casserole. For holiday entertaining, guests will savor Slow Steamed Artichokes; Candied Yams with Apples and Cranberries; Prosciutto, Parmesean, and Pine Nut Stuffing; Old-Fashioned Turkey Breast with Pan Gravy. And throughout this volume are treats like Champagne Fondue, Maple-Glazed Pecans, Plum Sauce Chicken Wings, Eggplant Caponata, and Slow-Poached Pears with Warm Chocolate Sauce.
Even if you have a smaller household, you can still take advantage of the ease, convenience, and versatility that are the hallmarks of slow cookers. These 125 recipes are for delicious meals specially created for preparation in a small (1 ½ -to 3 ½-quart) slow cooker. Beth Hensperger showcases fresh, wholesome ingredients (rather than relying on packaged convenience foods) to create fabulous brand-new dishes and contemporary takes on classic favorites, including Moroccan-Spiced Tomato Chicken with Almonds, Individual Pot Roasts, Jerked Pulled Pork with Rum Barbecue Sauce, Fresh Corn Risotto, and Chipotle Black Bean Vegetable Soup. The flavors are so big, the small slow cooker can barely contain them!
"Though this unintimidating volume (following Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook) includes many recipes that actually do sound like classic dishes from your mother's or grandmother's recipe file (Hot Buttered Rum, Scalloped Potatoes and Beef Burgundy), many-like Tequila and Pineapple Barbecue Sauce, Pumpkin-Sage Risotto, Chipotle and Orange Pork Ribs, and Lemon Cornmeal Cake in Fragrant Fig Leaves reflect a more modern aesthetic. All recipes are accessible and straightforward enough for a wide range of slow cooker users; many are adapted from other cookbooks and even the Williams-Sonoma catalog. The first two chapters, 'Appetizer Dips, Savory Fondues, and Party Nuts' and 'The Electric Punch Bowl,' include such party-friendly recipes as Caramel Brie, Buttery Rosemary Pecan Halves, and Mulled Cider with Cardamom and Saffron. Subsequent chapters feature recipes appropriate for everyday meals: Red Bean Stew and Rice, Paniolo Beef Stew, and Tapioca Pudding. While at-home chefs seeking special occasion dishes will find some suitable ideas, this book can serve as a reliable resource whether or not there's a party going on." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Hensperger and Kaufmann show that the slow cooker is the perfect tool for effortless entertaining on weekends and even weeknights, with more than 300 new recipes specially created to serve larger groups. Recipes range from casual to formal, and this is the only slow cooker cookbook that also includes tips on how to use your slow cooker for a wide variety of entertaining options and how to scale up those recipes for even more guests. It covers all the bases: appetizers, punches, dips, soups, entrees, fondues, desserts--all can be prepared ahead of time in the slow cooker, so that hosts will be able to focus on the guests, not the preparations.
PRAISE for NOT YOUR MOTHER'S SLOW COOKER RECIPES FOR ENTERTAINING “Recipes that you will find yourself using over and over again.” - Project Foodie.com “True to its title, the latest installment in the Not Your Mothers cookbook series is loaded with quick, delicious main-course recipes that provide relief from typical weeknight fare…Simple, cosmopolitan staples for todays busy families.” - Bloomsbury Review
“These are for real people in real kitchens who want recipes that are updated for both health and fresh tastes. We are in trustworthy hands.” - In Mamas Kitchen.com
Not Your Mother's guide to recipes for today's entertaining.
About the Author
Beth Hensperger, a New Jersey native who has lived in California since her teens, has been educating, writing, and demo-lecturing about the art of baking for over 30 years. In the last few years, she has shifted focus to countertop appliance-driven cookbooks that embrace adapting traditional and professional recipes for the home cook: the bread machine, the rice cooker, the microwave, and now a four-volume compilation specifically for use with the electric slow cooker, stressing personal creativity in preparation and selection of ingredients. Hensperger's writing career began when she was chosen as the guest cooking instructor for the March 1985 issue of Bon Appétit. Now she is the best-selling author of over 22 cookbooks, including the best-selling Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook series, which includes NYMSC Recipes for Entertaining, NYMSC Family Favorites, and NYMSC Recipes for Two, along with the blockbuster first volume, Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook. Also from The Harvard Common Press are The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook, The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook, NYM Microwave Cookbook, and NYM Weeknight Cooking. She is also the author of The Bread Bible (Chronicle Books), winner of a James Beard Award in 2000. She has twice been nominated for tJulie 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.