Fabulous and simple are how to describe the Art of the Slow Cooker. The author, Andre Schloss is a best-selling author of many books on cooking, and articles on food. In the very first chapter The Art of Homemade Soup you’ll find recipes that will make an appetite spark up. If you are a soup lover looking for new easy homemade soup recipes, chunky ones, a variety of them, the introduction into that chapter is all it takes to get you in the kitchen and pick one out; Herby Minestrone, and the Wild Mushroom with Wild Rice Bisque look delicious, they all do actually.
Reading on you will find out why it’s so great to use a slow cooker. Tips are generously placed throughout the cookbook; keeping the liquids at an extreme minimum, using sherry, or juices to sweeten and give an exciting flavor boost to meats, little things that you might not be aware of that will make a world of difference in the outcome of a recipe’s flavors.
Braising is a fun topic that is brought up. Mentioned is how funny it is that just about every single cook alive has used braising techniques and yet when they are approached about how they do it they seem to be baffled. He didn’t put it exactly like that of course but the way he describes the technique and using the slow cooker to get that melt in your mouth results from a nice piece of meat can certainly get the “braiser” in you going.
Many of the recipes have numerous ingredients listed that might scare away a beginner but that’s what makes the dishes so special. It’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Each recipe is well explained. There are no hidden gimmicks in the way the recipes work. Straight to the point instructions are easy to follow. It gets tricky when you have to prepare part of a recipe outside the slow cooker in a frying pan, or some other way to get to the point of dumping everything in the pot, covering it up, and letting it is simmer away. If you want to get one of the recipes from the cookbook on to the table it’s going to happen. Just take the time to not skip a step and the finished dish should be just as delicious as you expect it to be. They are all thoroughly tested for you.
There are many hot tips throughout the book on how to do change around recipes using what ingredients you prefer to enhance the flavors, making it a spicy version, or cheesy for example. And, explanations on different cooking techniques so you feel more confident in the kitchen with your slow cooker are very helpful.
Imagine making a variety of recipes in a slow cooker like; Chocolate Chili Chicken Soup, Duck with Red Wine, Wild Mushrooms and Forest Herbs, Supremely Edible Fruitcake, Corned Beef, Potatoes, and Sauerkraut, and Slow Cooked Bouillabaisse. That’s exactly what you will learn to do with this all-purpose Slow Cooker cookbook.
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