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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 J 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


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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 J 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'sr 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'sr Slow Cooker Cookbook showcases 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.

14 review for Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    Having finally used this cookbook, oh man. Indespensible. While the "Fix it and Forget it" crock pot cook books are cheaper to buy, they rely on pre-made sauces and soups (with tons of fat & sodium!) for almost everything.Not only are the recipes in here healthy, they taste awesome and they're not complicated. I made my own enchilada sauce in 15 minutes and for the first time in my life, it was actually a sauce instead of a soup! Hensperger & Kaufmann did a beautiful job of explaining beyond the Having finally used this cookbook, oh man. Indespensible. While the "Fix it and Forget it" crock pot cook books are cheaper to buy, they rely on pre-made sauces and soups (with tons of fat & sodium!) for almost everything.Not only are the recipes in here healthy, they taste awesome and they're not complicated. I made my own enchilada sauce in 15 minutes and for the first time in my life, it was actually a sauce instead of a soup! Hensperger & Kaufmann did a beautiful job of explaining beyond the recipe so that you're grounded in the basics of cooking as well, and they do it at the front of the chapter so that you aren't bogged down with excess information when you're just trying to cook.There are a bunch of bread recipes that I can't wait to try out!Some of the recipes call for short cooking times of 2-3 hours while others cook 5-8 hours, so having a delayed timer on your crock pot is terribly useful. The other solution I've found is to cook things overnight, pack them away in the morning and re-heat for dinner that night. For instance, right now I'm a walking fajita because I was shredding chicken for dinner and accidently spilled some sauce on my pants.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    For me, one of the greatest parts of a cookbook are the pictures, I tend to read with my eyes and stomach before I look at the ingredients and the techniques so I am psyched up to try something new. This book was a big letdown. Other than the cover, there are no pictures. Not even a center section where you can go back and search out the recipes when the picture entices you. Darn, I was hoping for so much more.I did come across a couple recipes that sound good, but now the dilemma lies in cookin For me, one of the greatest parts of a cookbook are the pictures, I tend to read with my eyes and stomach before I look at the ingredients and the techniques so I am psyched up to try something new. This book was a big letdown. Other than the cover, there are no pictures. Not even a center section where you can go back and search out the recipes when the picture entices you. Darn, I was hoping for so much more.I did come across a couple recipes that sound good, but now the dilemma lies in cooking times. What I need are recipes that I can quickly throw together in the morning before work and eleven hours later when I return, the food is ready. Many of these recipes have cook times of two to three hours. That sounds more along the lines of something that you would put together after school and before you rush out to sports practice. Short cook times are not practical for me. The cookbook covers the usual soups and stews with a couple breakout dishes. Most recipes call for usual pantry and freezer fare, so in that regard, there is no stress in the slow cooker recipes mentioned in this book. The quantities are small since this is a cookbook designed for two, so make sure that you have a 1 ½ - 3 quart slow cooker. Long story short, if you are looking for small quantities with short cook times, then check out this book. If not, do as I do and keep looking. There has to be something out that that solves all of my slow cooker issues.

  3. 5 out of 5

    May

    This is a great cookbook if you like the crock-pot but hate the thought of throwing in a bunch of cans of condensed soups and calling it home cooking. Some of the recipes do require more effort than what some slow-cooker enthusiasts would prefer, but I think it's worth it for the end result. There are also a few recipes that are complete misses but that hasn't happened often. I also think that perhaps the slow-cookers the authors used weren't as new or varied as the current models available--ano This is a great cookbook if you like the crock-pot but hate the thought of throwing in a bunch of cans of condensed soups and calling it home cooking. Some of the recipes do require more effort than what some slow-cooker enthusiasts would prefer, but I think it's worth it for the end result. There are also a few recipes that are complete misses but that hasn't happened often. I also think that perhaps the slow-cookers the authors used weren't as new or varied as the current models available--another friend of mine has this book and she agrees that some of the cooking times are actually too long if your slow cooker gets very hot (even set on low). Otherwise, it's been a wonderful resource for me and one of the most-used cookbooks on my shelf.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Topp

    This is just what it claims - not the easy, throw in canned ingredients - slow cooker book. Although some prep work may be needed for some recipes, the results are worth it. The potato soup got rave reviews from my family, and I'm setting up the macaroni and cheese to plug in before going to work tomorrow. I love being able to put things in the "pot" ahead of time and letting it cook while I'm away or busy with after school activities/homework. This is one of the better cookbooks if you are look This is just what it claims - not the easy, throw in canned ingredients - slow cooker book. Although some prep work may be needed for some recipes, the results are worth it. The potato soup got rave reviews from my family, and I'm setting up the macaroni and cheese to plug in before going to work tomorrow. I love being able to put things in the "pot" ahead of time and letting it cook while I'm away or busy with after school activities/homework. This is one of the better cookbooks if you are looking for lots of veggies/whole foods.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    A nice departure from the endless soups, stews and roasts common in slow cooker cookbooks. Not all the recipies are my taste, but I give them credit for stretching my ideas of what a slow cooker can do.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    It extremely informational and has a lot of tips on using your crockpot.I'm not saying it's a bad cookbook , it's just not for me. There are a lot of ground turkey and tofu recipes in there and my family would refuse to eat both of those. It extremely informational and has a lot of tips on using your crockpot.I'm not saying it's a bad cookbook , it's just not for me. There are a lot of ground turkey and tofu recipes in there and my family would refuse to eat both of those.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Grete

    Love this book! Different because it helps you to make crockpot recipes that taste good...not like chalk.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kym

    Good and slightly unusual recipes, we tried about 10 at our library "cook the book" club. Some were bland, so check and season more if needed. Good and slightly unusual recipes, we tried about 10 at our library "cook the book" club. Some were bland, so check and season more if needed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    GARY

    This book ha easy to follow recipes and a varied amount of cuisines . I especially liked the Indian ones.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Barb Hegreberg

    Perfect recipes for a cold winter day.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Res

    Full of things I can't wait to try. For instance, she claims you can bake potatoes in a slow cooker. Cook steel-cut oatmeal overnight. Caramelize onions! Make meatloaf! Actually, the slow cooker is kind of an awkward fit with my lifestyle -- I don't want to make dinner in the morning, nor do I want to make two dinners the night before. (Mostly I use mine to do two things: (1) make broth, and (2) reheat an enormous vat of made-yesterday mashed potatoes to streamline my Christmas dinner.) But on t Full of things I can't wait to try. For instance, she claims you can bake potatoes in a slow cooker. Cook steel-cut oatmeal overnight. Caramelize onions! Make meatloaf! Actually, the slow cooker is kind of an awkward fit with my lifestyle -- I don't want to make dinner in the morning, nor do I want to make two dinners the night before. (Mostly I use mine to do two things: (1) make broth, and (2) reheat an enormous vat of made-yesterday mashed potatoes to streamline my Christmas dinner.) But on the rare occasions that I bestir myself, it is so nice to open that door after work and smell dinner already cooking. ETA: Two thumbs up to the first recipe we tried, Poached Chicken In Tomato Broth. The 9-year-old, who isn't a big fan of either chicken or rice, ate two servings.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marian

    I would have given this book five or even six stars for the very creative recipes except there are no photos. For an experienced cook there are almost five hundred pages of recipes.Also a James Beard cookbook award winning author. The first chapters of the book, with so many variations on whole grains won me over. And she doesn't just add nuts and call that a different recipe- There are lots of optional add ins to many of the recipes, Checked this one out from my library but am now buying for my I would have given this book five or even six stars for the very creative recipes except there are no photos. For an experienced cook there are almost five hundred pages of recipes.Also a James Beard cookbook award winning author. The first chapters of the book, with so many variations on whole grains won me over. And she doesn't just add nuts and call that a different recipe- There are lots of optional add ins to many of the recipes, Checked this one out from my library but am now buying for my personal collection.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    I'm obsessed with the slow cooker since our house has no cooling system - no summer oven dishes for us. I was thrilled to be able to make a cake, Banana Cake with Pineapple. It was excellent. I'll come back and give the book a star rating as soon as I try a few more recipes.One thing I don't like is the avocado-green print in parts of the book. I like to use a highlighter in my books, and the print is so light that it's harder to read if I highlight it. I'm obsessed with the slow cooker since our house has no cooling system - no summer oven dishes for us. I was thrilled to be able to make a cake, Banana Cake with Pineapple. It was excellent. I'll come back and give the book a star rating as soon as I try a few more recipes.One thing I don't like is the avocado-green print in parts of the book. I like to use a highlighter in my books, and the print is so light that it's harder to read if I highlight it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    GoldenjoyBazyll

    I was surprised to find so many interesting things to make in a slow cooker. This book gives details to make everything from spicy almonds to wasasil... oh yeah and main courses, soups, sauces and more. I really found them interesting and looking fairly easy to make. I have a crock pot and I must say that I have not given it much use but after reading this book I am going to get it out- dust it off (oops)- and start cookin'. I was surprised to find so many interesting things to make in a slow cooker. This book gives details to make everything from spicy almonds to wasasil... oh yeah and main courses, soups, sauces and more. I really found them interesting and looking fairly easy to make. I have a crock pot and I must say that I have not given it much use but after reading this book I am going to get it out- dust it off (oops)- and start cookin'.

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