The Great American Slow Cooker Book by Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough
Y’all know how I adore my slow cookers, so when I saw this book in my selections for a review copy I kind of had to have it.
I love the format of the book. Each recipe is presented with a table of ingredients – the amounts are listed in colums for three different sizes of slow cookers. I love this because it means regardless of the size slow cooker you have, you can make the recipes. Note that there are a couple for which this is not possible – as with baking and candy making there are just some things that do not divide/multiply well. The ingredient tables are super easy to read but there is an explanation of how to read them in the front of the book if you aren’t sure.
Each recipe also includes a “Tester’s Notes” section, which is a couple handy tips to get you through the recipe or help you with making substitutions etc. Some also have “Ingredients Explained” notes attached which can help you learn more about some of the ingredients if you aren’t familiar with them. Many recipes include notes with suggestions of what to serve with the dish to round out a full meal and other useful bits of information.
Another thing I like is that the authors kept the recipes as “real” as possible – meaning no cans of condensed soup or other highly processed things in the ingredients. This does mean some recipes have a little more prep work involved, but it’s totally worth it for the end results you get.
I do wish that there were a few more breakfast, drink, and dessert recipes included as those are minimal. Overall it is a pretty well rounded cook book, though. I would definitly recommend it if you love your slow cooker and want to add to your collection of recipes, or if you have one that isn’t used often because you aren’t sure of what kind of dishes you can prepare in it.
You can find more information about this book here: http://www.randomhouse.com/book/222999/the-great-american-slow-cooker-book-by-bruce-weinstein-and-mark-scarbrough
Or you can check out the author bio here: http://www.randomhouse.com/author/32719/bruce-weinstein-and-mark-scarbrough
I recieved this book for free from Blogging For Books for this review.