Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker cookbook

Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker is full of beautiful, colorful photos to accompany the 110 recipes in this book.

Interestingly enough, Martha Stewart said she only recently started using a slow cooker and her mother didn't use one growing up. However, she said she has been impressed with the slow cookers she has tried out in recent years and now thinks of it as a "smart cooker." In the beginning of this book, she offers basic advice for using a slow cooker including the "Slow Cooker Commandments" and "How to Use a Slow Cooker" basics which include a few tips that I didn't know before. There are chapters on meat, poultry, seafood, meatless, side dishes, breakfast, sweets, and stocks and sauces.

My family eats more chicken and meatless dishes than other meats Martha includes. As a result, recipes for Pho, Chicken Chili Tacos, Chicken with 20 cloves of garlic, Coq au Vin, Barley Risotto with Fresh Mushrooms, Ribollita (Italian vegetarian soup, Maple Granola, Overnight Oatmeal, Peach Pecan Grunt, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Butterscotch Bread Pudding with Brown-Butter Rum Sauce.
I also think the recipes for basic stocks, sauces and jams will be good to use.

I think I will use about a quarter of these recipes. I wish there were more than that but we don't cook duck, octopus, or fancier foods like that for my family on our budget. In fact, we don't make much for seafood since we live in the middle of the country where we don't get a lot of  fresh seafood like they do in New England. The recipes I want to try look simple to follow with great pictures and good instructions, which I think is great. If you are a more adventurous eater, and/or live near fresh sea food, then you may enjoy more of the recipes than we will.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


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