There are a few reasons I am in love with this book so let me just begin with the fact that it really does have 500 recipes (I read them ALL!) so if your family is like mine, picky, you will find recipes that they will like. The recipes vary from bold and daring flavor combinations to classic combinations. They also cover breakfast, soups, meat, poultry, fish and shellfish, vegetables and side dishes, and desserts and party drinks.
The first reasons I love this book is because they give these handy little guides for cooking in three different sized slow cookers. So if I am cooking for the whole family I know the right amount of ingredients and if it’s June than I am usually cooking for two because the older kids are visiting their mom and my mom usually takes the girls which leaves me learning to cook for two.
The next reason I love this book so much is because the authors have these great little extras, the Tester’s Notes, the Shortcuts, and the Ingredients Explained section. As you can see above they use them to help you get the most out of each recipe. In the Chicken Jambalaya Recipe above the tips are very helpful for me because I do not often make Jambalaya and would not know the difference in the sausage needed. They also offer a Serve It Up section which features ideas for sides with some recipes. Another great extra is the All-American Know How section which offers kitchen wisdom on things like how to clean leeks or cut pork butt across the gain properly.
Lastly, I really enjoy this book because I have three kids who need my attention after school with homework, then football practice three nights a week, plus all the other mom jobs like cleaning, laundry, and cooking. This book is such a big help when I need a slow cooker meal for those busy nights at the football field. I just love the idea I can start dinner in the morning and it will be ready for my family when it’s dinner time without much hassle. I also love that this means less fast food nights for us too.
I highly recommend this book to busy stay at home moms as well as busy working moms!
The Great American Slow Cooker Book: Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough
Paperback cover: 512 pages
Publisher: Clarkdson Potter (2014)