There is something for everyday with a huge range of favorites along with recipes you want to try. Very glad I bought **********
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Slow cooker fans love their devices because they are easy to use and allow home cooks to buy affordable cuts of meat that become fall-off-the-bone tender. The challenge is finding well-tested recipes, and that’s where best-selling author Stephanie O’Dea comes in, with her wildly popular website (crockpot365.blogspot.com) that attracts more than a million visitors a month. In addition, O’Dea has made numerous national morning show appearances, including on Good Morning America. Fans have been clamoring for a new cookbook, and this one ties directly to her website with 365 recipes. Every recipe is written with gluten-free options, so there is a large secondary audience for this book. Full-color photography will further entice slow cooker enthusiasts, making this a must-have collection.
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I'm not a huge cookbook person and tend to just get the recipes I want online, but I'd had my eye on the 365 Slow Cooker Suppers cookbook for a while. I got a copy with the hope that I could combine the ingredients in the crock pot the night before, then in the mornings I would just need to start the slow cooker and it would be ready when I got home. Every single recipe in the cookbook is made in a slow cooker and they don't require a ton of prep work, which I love. There's a great variety in the recipes offered, everything from Miso salmon to chicken piccata. So far I love it and it's a big improvement as far as saving my sanity after work. The cookbook starts with a huge list of ingredients that you might want to keep on hand, which is so incredibly helpful. It's also splits the recipes into your basic poultry, beef, veggie sections, so it's easy to navigate. One aspect I love is the author's notes on each recipe. She adds a few comments on each ones about her personal experience with it. I read through the whole thing, bookmarking recipes I wanted to try, and then I went through my pantry to check for ingredients and made a big grocery list of what I needed. I've already made half a dozen recipes from the book and have a few more I'm trying soon. The split pea and ham soup is the runaway favorite so far. It's creamy and so good! We sprinkled some grated parmesan on top and it warms up really well the next day too. The honey lime chicken tacos had a great flavor and everyone liked them a lot. We used lots of cilantro and Nonfat Greek yogurt as toppings and we'll definitely be making those again! The honey Dijon beef stew wasn't as great. It turned out pretty well, but the red wine flavor was a little overwhelming and I have another beef stew recipe we like more. The only bomb was the carrot and coconut bisque. It had the consistency of baby food with a weird spicy/sweet after taste. Honestly we are not picky eaters, but this one was awful. We ended up dumping it and making frozen pizza. You win some, you lose some. Overall I'm really pleased with the cookbook and I am planning on making a couple of the recipes each week. We always end up with leftovers and that makes packing lunches easier too!
I have not made a recipe from this book to date (I've only had it a couple days, after all,) but several look delicious. I probably won't make any until after the holidays as I'm too busy at this time. However, my order arrived quickly and in brand new condition. It is a soft cover with average print you can read not too small.
I would love to use my slow cooker more, especially during the week. I only seem to use it in the winter though, to make beef stew or a pot roast on a lazy Sunday - but when I go looking for recipe inspiration, online or in cookbooks, I can never seem to find any good ones. The recipes are either too complicated to be do-able in the morning before work, or I have a recipe for a non-slow-cooker version that works just fine and has the same amount of prep. This cookbook, though, has some great ones! I have a whole bunch bookmarked - so many of them are super simple, and there are no sodium-filled cream-of-something soups in the ingredients lists here as there seem to be in many slow cooker recipes. I also like that their are several versions of some dishes - I noticed multiple recipes for pot roasts, briskets, tacos/enchiladas, ribs, and others - so if one doesn't suit your tastes you're likely to find another that will. There's nothing more disappointing than opening up a cookbook that promises all sorts of great recipes, only to find there aren't any that appeal to you, or that use ingredients that you aren't even sure you can find at your grocery store (or you that will use for this one recipe and never again), or just look like way too much work. There's nothing fancy here, but I'm looking forward to trying some of these soon!*Received as an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley
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