Cooking Light Cook's Essential Recipe Collection: Slow Cooker: 57 essential recipes to eat smart, be fit, live well (the Cooking Light.cook's ESSENTIAL RECIPE COLLECTION)
Cooking Light Cook's Essential Recipe Collection: Slow Cooker: 57 essential recipes to eat smart, be fit, live well (the Cooking Light.cook's ESSENTIAL RECIPE COLLECTION)

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Beautiful to display and practical to use, Slow Cooker is truly a godsend for time-challenged cooks who want to prepare healthy, tasty, and satisfying meals but don?t have hours to spend hovering over their stoves. Replete with all the high standards that have made Cooking Light a trusted favorite, this new edition provides over 58 beautifully photographed recipes with useful, easy-to-follow instruction.

Customer Reviews:

  • Long on looks, short on substance
    Each recipe takes up a full page and is accompanied by a full-page illustration, so the book is quite handsome, but has very few recipes compared to a standard cookbook. The recipes it does have rely too much on specialized, processed products that I, for one, do not keep on hand in my kitchen. Another drawback is that most of these supposedly healthy recipes are extremely high in sodium, which makes them unacceptable to me. I returned this book. ...more info
  • Best slow cooker book I have
    I love this book. Wonderful and easy recipes that are very healthy. Highly recommend....more info
  • Essential Slow Cooking Recipe Collection
    Here is the Cooking Light 57 essential recipes for slow cooking. As other slow cooking cookbooks, this covers the bases: appetizers, desserts, main dishes, etc.

    The layout is exceptional: clean with two pages per recipe, with one page full color photo. Other nice feature (especially for the cook not too familiar with certain ingredients or techniques) is a highlighted ingredient or technique, e.g. water bath, kitchen shears, rice wine vinegar, etc.

    So far tried the following and turned out remarkably nice, easy to prepare and equally nice to dine: Turkey Thights with Olives and Dried Cherries; Pesto Lasagna with Spinach and Mushrooms; Chicken with Figs and Lemons; Fudgy Caramel Pudding Cake; Thai-Style Pork Stew.

    This is not meant to be an exhaustive collection for slow cooker, but the pick of the crop, what the editors have determined to be 'essential' recipes for the slow cooker.

    Nice to have in collection....more info
  • Easy slow cooker
    Easy, tasty recipes for a slow cooker that outline the nutritional information for each meal...more info
  • Great slow cooker cookbook!
    I received this as a gift and have already given it to others. I have several other slow cooker cookbooks and this one is my favorite. So far we've made the black bean with corn bread on top dish and the beef stroganoff which are both on the "top favorite recipe list". Looking forward to trying more recipes in the book!...more info
  • Not your grandma's crock-pot...
    I used to think that crock pots were for pot roast and ro-tel cheese dip during football games. My grandma says that "all you have to do is put the meat in there [the crock pot], put in your veggies, a packet of gravy mix, and an inch of water, and you have a meal."

    She's right, but this cookbook opened up the true gourmet potential of the crockpot. From the chili to the soups and stews, to the appetizers and won't be disappointed.

    The only problem you'll have is finding enough room in your freezer...

    Rival SCVI600B-SS Crock-Pot 6-Quart Premium VersaWare Slow Cooker
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  • New Inspiration
    I was tied of the same old crock pot recipies. There are some great new ways to use your slow cooker. Try the peasant stew, my family loved it. It works well with the South Beach diet!...more info
  • Yummy but Non-Complicated Recipes w. Ingredients in your Pantry
    I recently bought a new crockpot with the thought of fixing meals that would be ready when I returned home from work. I was delighted to find this cookbook, which I hoped would combine convenience with lighter, healthier meals than you typically find with traditional crock-pot recipes.

    So far, I've tried a few recipes which have been delicious. However, my hopes of stuffing the crockpot as I headed out the door were a bit na?ve, as the ones I've tried have all required at least 30-60 minutes of preparation time. As a result, I've adjusted my methods and have begun preparing the meals on the weekend for reheating and serving during the first part of the week. Another alternative might be to measure and chop everything the night before for assembling the next morning. It's not that these recipes are complicated or difficult - it's simply that when I last used the crock-pot, my repertoire of recipes was quite limited and confined to only those that featured few ingredients and were extremely simple. An example is the one with boneless pork chops that you toss in the crockpot and throw a can of cream of mushroom over. Not exactly gourmet fare, but it doesn't get much easier and was quite tasty, believe it or not.

    Most of the recipes are for 6 servings and since there is just the two of us, I freeze the rest in two serving containers to enjoy at another time. For the most part, the ingredients are those that are easily found in the grocery store or even in your pantry -nothing exotic or expensive. The crock-pot size indicated in all the recipes I've encountered so far is either a 3 or 4 quart. I recently replaced my crock-pot with a Hamilton Beach model that comes with 3 different quart size crocks - 2, 4 and 6 - which has proven to allow a lot of flexibility and perhaps even doubling the recipes.

    For those wishing to watch the bottom line, the book provides the per-serving count of calories, fat, protein, carbohydrate, cholesterol, fiber , iron, sodium and calcium for each recipe that includes the side dish - such as rice or noodles - that they suggest serving with the entree.

    We're fairly big eaters and the sad reality is that what some recipes consider a serving is about half of what we'd actually like to eat. So far, we've found the portion they've indicated to be a serving is adequate. Knowing how many servings each dish is supposed to provide helps us with portion control, which is our downfall.
    I've enjoyed the results of this cookbook and am having fun trying different recipes and having most of the work done up front with little clean-up afterward.
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  • Beyond Cream of Mushroom Soup
    I'm not much for creating my own recipes. I think I have the skill to do it, but I simply haven't the time, particularly not for a slow cooker (isn't the point of having one, after all, that you have so much to do, see, experience that you don't want to spend anymore time than necessary in the kitchen?). So-o-o it was with some trepidation that I ordered this book. Truth be told, it was to bump the order over $25, so S&H would be free. Imagine my delight and surprise when I found actual recipes inside, not meat-or-veg-with-canned-soup-poured-over. In particular I love the recipe for a tamale pie, with cornbread crust and cheese topping. As with any slow cooker, the special taste you get from high direct heat is missing, but most of these recipes are juicy, stewy things with delightful combinations of flavors. Best of all, each is accompanied by a nutritional analysis which allows me to cipher Weight Watchers points. I have found that one of the things I miss most about living alone is opening the apartment door after work and smelling -- what? -- furniture polish? something gone bad in the trash? This book and my slow cooker let me open the door to the delightful aroma of a supper I know I will enjoy. Buy it; you'll like it....more info
  • Disappointing
    I expected better from Cooking Light. This book is very different from the creativity and general reliability of the magazine. Obviously not written by the editors. It uses too many commerical short cuts, processed products, and the recipes do not look "light" at all. Visually it is poorly styled and photographed and produced on cheap paper. There are much better slow cooker cookbooks, and anyone with a little cooking experience can adjust to lighten them up. I'll stick with the magazine - they have a section on slow cookers. This book is not worth the money.
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  • great!
    I thought this book was great. It even has what starches, etc to count. Really good recipies too!...more info
  • Tasty meals
    This has been a wonderful cookbook. I'm a fan of Cooking Light and all the creative and healthy recipes it has to offer. This book is filled with tasty, lowfat meals and would be a book I would recommend to any busy mom!!...more info
  • Recipes have potential
    I have tried several recipes from this cookbook as I love to use slow cookers. I have yet to find that "perfect" recipe that can be duplicated exactly as written for fabulous results. As the magazine, many of the recipes need some tweaking so that it can fit your taste. For instance the potato soup recipe was easy and produced a creamy soup (not as good as the Baked Potato Soup from Cooking Light - but the vegetable broth that I used gave it a sharp aftertaste. Next time I will use chicken broth. What I have always enjoyed about the recipes from the magazine is that one can go to the website and check out other readers experience with the recipe and read what they changed and why. I couldn't find any of these on their webpage so these recipes are uncharted territory. I don't think that this will become my favorite slow cooker cookbook but I will use it - with adjustments as I go....more info
  • Good Recipes
    I find myself often doing "stew" type slow cooking and picked up this recipe book to expand some more.

    Good recipes and can be made without too much preparation. 30-40 minutes for the most part, and I usually prepare it the night before and leave in the fridge. Turn it on in the AM and have a good meal waiting when I am ready....more info
  • Cooking Light Slow Cooker Cookbook
    I'm a lazy cook, so I love my slow cooker. Some of these recipes are too fancy for me, but I use about 5 of them repeatedly and they turn out great. It's nice knowing they're healthy, too. The calorie info helps me calculate my Weight Watchers points values....more info
  • Great Cookbook!!
    My husband and I love this cookbook, and with one exception everything that we have tried has been amazing!!!!...more info
  • Slow Cooker Recipe Book
    One of the best I have purchased. Easy to read and so far great recipes. Cooking Light, yes. ...more info
  • Good recipes but not for daily cooking
    If you buy alot of specialty foods or have alot of time to do prep work then maybe this book is for you, but I've had it for a few weeks now and haven't attempted to make one recipe yet because many of the recipes call for unique ingredients that you'll use one time, or requires a fair amount of prep work. I've made many cooking light recipes before and have never really been disappointed so WHEN I do get the time to make something from this book I don't doubt that it'll taste good BUT for a slow cooker recipe book more time should be paid to reducing overall prep time and including recipes that have more common ingredients....more info
  • Cooking Light Slow Cooker
    I've made a few meals from this book and all turned out well. This book has pictures of the food which I like. Some things I wouldn't consider eating only because our family is pretty basic with our meal choices. If you are looking for new ideas for healthy meals I would suggest giving this a try....more info
  • Just another pretty face
    Nicely written and photographed, but no outstandingly different recipes. Not Your Mother's Slow-Cooker Cookbook is more innovative and comprehensive....more info
  • Love this cookbook
    I absolutely love this cookbook. It makes delicious meals in the slow cooker -- just fix it and forget it!...more info
  • great cookbook
    We've only tried a few recipes from this cookbook and we were not disappointed! It offers a variety of foods to make and we'll be experimenting further with this cookbook....more info
  • It's OK if you eat to live...
    I hate to cook but love to eat, that's why I tried the slow cooker.
    With this book, one wants to cry.
    Food has almost no taste, no originality, no savor or flavor.
    I live to eat as every good Epicurian, do not buy this book if you plan to enjoy yourself.
    Claude...more info


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