#2. The Gourmet Slow Cooker: Simple and Sophisticated Meals from Around the World – Lynn Alley
I’m a big fan of using a crock pot so let’s see what the publishers say about this book:
Chapters are divided by country, and include France, Great Britain, India, Italy, Mexico and the U.S. According to Alley, signature meals, side dishes and even desserts from each of these countries, such as Chicken Mole from Mexico, Eggplant and Pea Curry from India, Pork with Prunes from France and Anise Biscotti from Italy, can be made simply in one pot. Alley includes drink recommendations with each recipe.
Let’s look at some of the pro and con reviews this time:
»I’ve tried three recipes so far from this collection, each one more complex than the last, as I gain my trust in this author.
»This is not a book for those who want to be able to throw stuff into the cooker and come back 8 hours later. There is a lot of prep work, and, the three recipes I have prepared so far, require saute skills, blender skills, roaster skills. Excellent, flavorful end results though.
»If you love gourmet cooking made easier and the most tender meat chicken possible buy this book! Beef Burgandy… to die for, Tarragon chicken and Egg Lemon chicken to die for…
»I wish I had read reviews of this book before buying it as well. The majority of the recipes take a ton of prep time and I really see no point in using a slow cooker the way they do in this book. If you had a kitchen with no oven, I could see using the slow cooker for these recipes, but otherwise, there are easier, quicker ways of doing these things with your oven.