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
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!