Monday, September 14, 2015

Cookbook Review: 175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics by Judith Finlayson

Disclaimer: This book was received as a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.



175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics
By: Judith Finlayson
www.robertrose.ca/

Though I would not consider myself a slow cooker expert, it is my best friend in the kitchen. So, I was excited to have the opportunity to review Ms Finlayson's new slow cooker cookbook 175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics. This cookbook is a compilation of her favorite recipes from her first two book plus 60 new recipes Ms. Finlayson has created for this cookbook.


I was very impressed with the recipes published in 175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics. The recipes offer so much variety that there is honestly something for everyone. This cookbook includes vegetarian/vegan recipes for individuals following those types of diets along with traditional meat containing recipes. Also included are a variety of ethnic dishes including Mexican, French, Greek, etc. The overall variety of recipes is guaranteed to satisfy many different palates.

I also enjoyed the dessert section contained in 175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics. I could not wait to try some of the cheesecakes and other delectable recipes found in the book. I have never really thought about using my slow cooker to create desserts for my family. However, with the easy to follow instructions, I believe anyone can create stellar desserts with these recipes.

175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics offers straight forward, easy to read recipes. Not only will you find detailed ingredient lists and cooking directions but other bonuses as well. With every recipe, there is a nice description about the recipe and its origins. Also, many of the recipes have make ahead options. I found this especially handy for those really busy mornings. Another feature of the recipes is that some include variations and tips on how to complete the dish. With all these wonderful inclusions, even the novice cook can prepare wonderful meals.

The only drawback I found with 175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics is the most of the recipes require some type of stove top preparation. Ms. Finlayson explains in her introductions why these steps are included and I understand her reasoning. However, most mornings I do not have the extra time to complete these steps. That is why I am thankful for the make ahead directions and will make sure to use those hints, when I can, to ease my prep woes.

Overall, I found 175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics to be wonderfully written, easy to follow and full of a amazing recipes. 175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics will/has become one of my go to slow cooker books. I look forward to many other cookbooks from Ms. Finlayson and purchasing her other already published titles. I would highly recommend 175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics to anyone. I know you will enjoy it as much as I have thus far.

Love to you all from The Busy Cooking Momma!


10 comments :

  1. I've read hundreds of recipe books because it's always educational to find out methods other people use to cook. With winter coming on, the crockpot recipes would be great. Thanks for sharing at Bound by Books.

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    1. I have read hundreds also Jeannie. I love cookbooks because you never know what you will learn. Thank you for stopping by!

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  2. Sounds like a great book I must try. I always use stove top prep for my own slow cooker recipes, as well. It makes the food come up better in my opinion.

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    1. I would highly recommend the book Susan. I personally love the dump and go method for my slow cooker. However, I will do some prep on the stove top when I need to. Thank you for stopping by. Let me know if you get the book and what you think!

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    2. I would highly recommend the book Susan. I personally love the dump and go method for my slow cooker. However, I will do some prep on the stove top when I need to. Thank you for stopping by. Let me know if you get the book and what you think!

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  3. I love my slow cooker! I have two of them so I can run two a day or let one soak a little longer. Ahem. LOL I will be sure to look for this book!

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    1. I know what you mean about letting one soak longer LOL! I just recently purchased my second one. I can not wait to start using both of them. Let me know how you like the cookbook.

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  4. Sounds like a great cookbook! I will have to check it out for sure! And CAKE in a crock pot!!! WOW!!!

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    1. It really is a great one Mandee. And the cake was amazing!

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  5. Sounds good Sissy, I agree with the extra stove top part - I am lazy I suppose and just want to be able to bung the ingredients in and go.

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