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    I own a couple of Taste of Home's Healthy Cooking cookbooks. Some great ideas, and as I am watching my sodium, they list the sodium content in each recipe.
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    waywyrd-I don't know about his cookbooks, but I'm sure they are good. One of the things I like about Alton is that he goes into depth about the science of cooking. Which leads me to my latest discovery..

    America's Test Kitchen. They have a show on public tv, cookbooks, magazines etc. But what they do is take the old recipes and break them down. Analyze what works, what doesn't..how to make them tastier. The results are really good. I've made 5 of their recipes and they all turned out. Additionally I really believe this is making me a better cook. I have slowed down and am working more on technique, those are long term habits I've had as a cook that have hurt my cooking. (This is my opinion, not to brag but everyone thinks I'm a great cook lol) I just think there is always room for improvement and change. So I recommend checking out the tv show at least.

    America’s Test Kitchen :: Welcome
    I like to watch America's test Kitchen. The reviews of products and foods is interesting to me. The magazines (America's test Kitchen and Cook's Country) and the cookbooks are great. There is also a website which has recipes and reviews.
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    I just got the most amazing slow cooker cookbook. I have a few and have looked at others and, really, they seem to all have the same recipes - lots of beef stew and pot roast and veggie soups. Meh. I don't need one more variation on beef stew.

    This one is incredible! It's got every kind of cuisine you can think of, including Indian, Moroccan, Italian, French, Japanese and many more. Lots of variation, fresh ingredients (save me from a slow cooker recipe with Cheez Whiz or cream of mushroom soup) and all look pretty easy. Plus, there are SO many recipes that are totally different what I've found in any other slow cooker cookbook. I'm not even 1/5 of the way in and I've found at least a dozen recipes I want to try!

    Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever | Chronicle Books, an independent publisher
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    I just got the most amazing slow cooker cookbook...I don't need one more variation on beef stew.

    This one is incredible! It's got every kind of cuisine you can think of, including Indian, Moroccan, Italian, French, Japanese and many more. Lots of variation, fresh ingredients (save me from a slow cooker recipe with Cheez Whiz or cream of mushroom soup)...

    Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever | Chronicle Books, an independent publisher
    I haven't checked this out yet, but will do so later today.
    We have a slow cooker which we haven't used in a long time — simply because we refuse to use Monsanto-esque GMO "foods" — Campbells canned cream-of-whatever soups, Velveeta, and all of the other church-potluck processed crap out there — which make up the bulk of slow-cooker recipes. We're doing what we can to prevent a cancer recurrance in my husband, and a first-time in me — we can't effin' afford it ::smileys and butterflies:: — we're fighting for our lives. Not that we're looking to get congratulated by Willard Scott; we just want that whichever of us doesn't die first will still be able to live comfortably within modest means (as we do now).
    Slow-cooker-friendly AND healthful? Seems like an oxymoron to me. I do a lot of raw vegan, but need some healthful variety, especially to keep hubby on board and motivated. I'm looking forward to giving this a try. Thank you!

    P.S. ::squee!:: Just found it in iBooks — preview is downloading now. And if I want to buy it, it's half the price of the print copy. YAY! Thank you again...
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    I hope you find some good stuff in it like I did! I got a slow cooker so that I could pop fresh ingredients in before I left for the day and then have a great dinner waiting when I got home. The only canned items I want to ever put in my slow cooker are stewed tomatoes or, in a pinch, canned beans. I haven't seen any recipes in this cookbook so far that use any processed foods. Just lots of fresh ingredients and some more unusual things, at least for a slow cooker cookbook.

    Like I said, I don't need one more recipe for the same old beef stew. I did bookmark a recipe for North African beef stew with garbanzo beans, golden raisins, apricots, cinnamon and cumin that I can't wait to try. I'm a big fan of Moroccan food, so I'm hoping this one will turn out well. There's also a recipe for chicken with miso and broccoli that I think I'll try and about a dozen more....and I'm only maybe a 3rd of the way through the book so far!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Critical View Post
    I did bookmark a recipe for North African beef stew with garbanzo beans, golden raisins, apricots, cinnamon and cumin that I can't wait to try.
    Now that sounds like something I'd love. I'll have to hunt down that book too!
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    The reviews on Amazon say the type (sage green and brown) are difficult to read and a lot of the recipes just use the crockpot as a warming stage after all the prep has been done in the oven and on the stove or in another bowl.
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    I don't think it's hard to read The majority of the book is dark brown print and the chapter intros are a light green with darker green type or brown type. I don't have any problems reading it.

    As to the recipes needing prep, I can't speak to that since I haven't gone through the whole book, but I don't mind. Several of my favorite slow cooker recipes require the meat to be browned ahead of time or the beans to be soaked over night or something else. The North African beef stew recipe I mentioned up thread requires you to brown the meat and caramelize the veggies first, but you then have it in the slow cooker for 8-10 hours. If the ingredients are fresh and the result tastes good, I'm happy to do a little prep work. I'm just sick of seeing recipes where all you do is dump a bunch of cans of processed and frozen stuff in the pot.

    I wanted this book because I'm sick of the same old slow cooker recipes that every slow cooker cookbook has. I wanted something different and that's definitely what I got!
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    I had no problems reading it in iBooks.
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    I've got the North African beef stew I mentioned above in my slow cooker right now. It smells amazing and tastes even better. I find that, sometimes, things in the slow cooker can smell really good, but they may taste a bit bland. This stuff tastes SO GOOD! It still has another hour or two to go, but I took a taste just now. I can't wait until it's ready! Even though I try to avoid wheat, I just can't bring myself to serve this with quinoa. I'm making up a batch of couscous instead.

    Unless something goes horribly wrong in the next few hours, this recipe is a keeper!
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