Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Book 9: Slow Cooker Revolution
AUTHOR: America's Test Kitchen
STARTED: April 23, 2016
FINISHED: April 23, 2016
FIRST SENTENCE: The promise of the microwave was universal in its application.
SUMMARY: [From BN] The 200 recipes in this family-friendly collection deliver a revolution in slow cooking like only America's Test Kitchen can! Who doesn't like the idea of throwing ingredients into a slow cooker and coming back hours later to a finished meal? Too bad most slow cooker recipes deliver mediocre results you'd rather forget than fix again. A team of ten test cooks at America's Test Kitchen spent a year developing recipes, and what they discovered will change the way you use your slow cooker. Did you know that onions garlic, and spices should be bloomed in the microwave for five minutes before they go into the slow cooker? This simple step intensifies their flavor and requires no extra work. Did you know that a little soy sauce mixed with tomato paste adds meaty flavors to almost any stew and can often replace the tedious step of browning the meat? And do you know the secret to a moist slow-cooker chicken? Start the bird upside down to protect the delicate white meat from drying out.
THOUGHTS: Now this is a great slow cooker cookbook! There is a lengthy introduction about how to best use your slow cooker and why recipes work in it. Throughout the book there are excerpts on techniques and best practices. The recipes, which look awesome, all come with backgrounds and introductions that explain why America's Test Kitchen did things they way they did.
I only wish some of the delicious recipes didn't seem so fussy. But I guess you have to work at making great food sometimes.
RATING: 7/10 [Very Good]