Answers to life's vexing cooking questions...

Ochef Archive

Review: Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes
 

How Does Ochef
Make Money?

Amazon Honor System Click Here to Pay Learn More

Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes
By Better Homes & Gardens
ISBN: 0696215462
Publisher: Meredith Books
Publication date: Aug. 2002
Format: Paperback
List price: $19.95 (Canada, UK)
Type: Single Subject: Equipment: Slow Cooker
Sample recipe: Favorite Beef Pot Roast
Ambitions
intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
apparent goal: stocking stuffer sampler comprehensive Biblical stature coffee-table
competition: outclassed also-ran midrange strong challenger leads the pack
Content
# of recipes: <50 <100 <200 <300 >300
practical recipes: <20% <40% <60% <80% >80%
# of ingredients: <3 <6 <9 <12 >12
ingredient hunt: 7-11 pantry supermarket online airfare required
recipe complexity: baby steps simple medium intense professional
instructions: inadequate bare bones full figured educational verbose
time conscious: outright lies speed of light fairly quick takes time takes all day
photos/drawings: skimpy adequate generous instructive glorious
recipe results: dorm food casual food family meals fancy food fit for royalty
flavor quotient: disappointing fair good delicious exceptional
Format
layout: ick cluttered clean kind to cooks work of art
legibility: microscopic challenging adequate clear brilliant
production quality: cheesy questionable years of service gift-quality stunning
value: ouch! a little pricey on the money excellent worth splurging
Ease of Use
page numbers: invisible hard to find spotty adequate obvious
table of contents: missing frustrating passable useful helpful
index quality: none tragic adequate good excellent
page flipping: infuriating tedious acceptable rare never
Author
writer: hack cook turned writer writer turned cook comedian auteur
cook: self-taught non-restaurant chef teacher celebrity
Summary
overall rating: fair good above average excellent Ochef Top 100
Comments: This is the kind of book that Better Homes & gardens excels at — hundreds of simple recipes for an appliance for which people are always looking for recipes, especially simple, quick recipes. Quick in this case, of course, refers to the preparation; the actual cooking time can top 12 hours.

Yes, the slow cooker is frowned upon by some, but for others, it is a lifesaver. And if you can carve out 15 or 20 minutes in the morning to prep ingredients and get them into the cooker, you can arrive home from a long day at the office to a hot, tasty meal..

The 400+ recipes offer a lot of variety, which counters the claim that the slow cooker is something of a one-trick pony. Recipes include dips, snacks, drinks, desserts, and vegetable side dishes, alongside the soups, stews, and meat-based main dishes that are the domain of the slow cooker. There is also a chapter on meatless main dishes, another on complete one-dish dinners, and — perhaps the chapter that may see the most use — 5-ingredient recipes.

Many recipes include suggestions for side dishes (often with packaged ingredients that speed preparation.) All the recipes also come with comprehensive nutritional facts per serving. 

Submit your question to Ochef


Specialty Shops: