Book Review: Year-Round Slow Cooker by Dina Cheney

Title:  Year-Round Slow Cooker
Author:  Dina Cheney
Publication Date:  Jun 17, 2013

Price at time of review:
Kindle edition:  $13.73
Paperback:  $14.45
Book description from Amazon:  Slow cookers are popular for good reason: They're the ultimate kitchen problem solvers. If you're watching your budget, they're well worth the $30 they cost since they can turn the cheapest cuts of meat into unctuous, mouth-watering results worthy of a five-star restaurant. Slow cookers also do the hard work, cooking for hours while you're out of the house only to come home to a meal just about ready to eat. And since slow cookers keep food warm, they allow different family members to eat at different times: a practical option in a world of staggered schedules.

Yet, slow cookers have an image problem. Most home cooks use them for cold weather meals only, while others think slow cookers can only produce food that's mushy, bland, and watery or rely solely on shortcut ingredients like spice packets, bouillon cubes, and bottled sauces.

No longer does this must-have kitchen tool deserve to be stored away when spring months hit. In Year-Round Slow Cooker, home cooks will find 100 delicious, modern, practical slow cooker recipes featuring seasonal produce. Recipes speak to the home cook whose palate is more sophisticated and who wants to incorporate seasonal produce into all of her meals.

Organized by season, Year-Round Slow Cooker features notes about the featured seasonal ingredients as well as invaluable tips throughout to help cooks maximize the power of the slow cooker.

My Rating:
4 out of 5 stars!
4 out of 5 stars

My Review:
I really liked this cookbook.  With my busy family, I am a huge fan of crock pot cooking.  The recipes in this book do not focus on quick and easy slow cooker meals, instead the author put a lot of thought into emphasizing seasonal fresh produce and flavor.  Even though the recipes are more "gourmet" than quick, the ingredients are not hard to come by.  There are so many recipes I have highlighted to try!

The book is loaded with tips on meat selection and how to buy and choose fresh vegetables and fruits.  Also tips about substitutions for vegan, vegetarian, or lower fat options.  Each recipe starts with an estimated prep time, slow cook time, misc cooking time, and number of servings.  The book is divide into four seasons and each season has loads of recipes, including some slow cooker breakfasts and desserts.  With 100 recipes, there is something in each season you will want to try.

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