Fresh Flavors from the Slow Cooker Book Review

Fresh Flavors from the Slow Cooker Book Review

Title: Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker: Reinvent the Slow-Cooked Meal; 77 Mouthwatering Recipes
Author: Nicki Sizemore
Published: October 15, 2019, Storey Publishing
No. of Pages: 208
Cover Price: $18.95 Paperback, $15.95 Kindle

Think that with the new popular appliances that slow cookers are antiquated? Think again! There are always new things to do in your slow cooker, and veteran food writer, Nicki Sizemore, has put dozens of new, delicious ideas in her book Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker: Reinvent the Slow-Cooked Meal; 77 Mouthwatering Recipes. This cookbook has enough good ideas that it will get you bringing all of those slow cookers in from the garage or up from the dusty basement shelves.

One of the things that sets this excellent cookbook apart from the others is that Sizemore includes accompaniments, like luscious, crunchy Toasted Cheese Baguettes, several salads: Red Cabbage & Sweet Corn Slaw, Pickled Red Onions (to go with her excellent Carnitas Tacos), Lime & Cilantro Slaw, and Buttermilk Caesar Salad.

Even though this isn’t a basic slow cooker cookbook, there are recipes for grits and polenta (much better in slow cookers than any other way), as well as grains. The recipes in this cookbook are new and innovative and will appeal to modern cooks everywhere. Some of the recipes are quick – Slow Cooked Salmon takes only an hour and a half and it’s perfect. Others can cook all day – unattended, of course – so while the cook is at work, the house is being filled with heavenly smells, as well as tastes.

Favorites so far include Bibimbap Beef Bowls (Korean is quite the craze right now), a version of Chicken Tikka Masala that rival those served in London where it supposedly originated and is challenging fish and chips as the English national dish (breasts can be substituted for thighs if you prefer white meat), and a delicious Asian-Style Pot Roast. The cookbook is very light on dessert choices, but the Overnight Pumpkin–Brown Rice Pudding is good enough to make up for it. There is also slow cooked applesauce.

Even if you own dozens of slow cooker cookbooks, this one is definitely worth adding to your collection. The recipes are appealing, the instructions are easy-to-follow, and the results are picture-perfect. There are beautiful photographs of most of the recipes, which helps everyone know what their final dishes will look like. This one is highly recommended.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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