For my money there are no better slow cooker cookbooks available today than those by Phyllis Good. Good has published over a thousand slow-cooker recipes in her various offerings, so she obviously knows what she's doing. In her latest, Stock the Crock: 100 Must-Have Slow-Cooker Recipes, 200 Variations for Every Appetite, she offers not just her own excellent recipes, but those gathered from her fan base. Each was tested, perfected, and then offered up in numerous variations in order to make the recipe easy to prepare by the average home cook. Once the recipe was perfected, Good went one step further, creating variations for those who observe gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, or other special diets.
There are a wide variety of crockpot recipes here, in all categories, and I am particularly appreciative of the fact that, in addition to gluten-free, paleo, and vegetarian adaptations, she didn’t forget those of us whose households have shrunk, by including two-serving versions of some of the recipes. The Pumpkin Crème Brûlée, for example (that sounded amazingly good to me), is offered up as a recipe that serves six, but with a smaller variation to serve two, using ramekins. I have never made crème brûlée in the crockpot, so I plan on trying this recipe tonight.
There is so much to like about this book. Yes, it doesn't have as many recipes as her previous books, however, it does have lots of full-page colorful, mouth-watering photos, and I really love that in a cookbook.
I can't say enough about this cookbook. If you are a fan of slow cooking like I am, you need to add this to your library. With the holiday season ahead, you might consider a gift of this book along with a suitably sized crockpot. Delicious!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary cookbook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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