Sunday, October 15, 2017

Stock the Crock: 100 Must-Have Slow-Cooker Recipes, 200 Variations for Every Appetite, Reviewed

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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gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

Thank you for this insightful review. Honestly, the crock pot is such a time saver but I do run out of ideas! This cookbook seems like it would make a nice holiday gift. Great review

Alycia Nichols said...

Any cookbook with shrimp & grits, creme brûlée, AND butterscotch sauce (I can taste the sundaes now!) is aces with me! With the cooler weather now firmly in place, these all sound good whether prepared in a Crock Pot or low and slow the conventional way. I have FIVE slow cookers. Why? I have no freaking idea! It just happened. I need to use them for more than just keeping food warm at large gatherings. It just never occurs to me to use the darn thing! I’m sure there are a lot of recipes I could easily make and forget about tending to. Silly me...always doing things the hard way! I’m going to try that butterscotch sauce recipe this afternoon while the game is on. If the Chiefs lose, I’m going to blame the Crock Pot! 😆

sandy said...

I will show the chef in my house this post! We do crock pots a lot - always looking for more recipes. thanks.