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1MarthaJeanne
Nov 22, 2008, 9:01am

With the colder weather, I'm getting the slow cooker out again. I have 2-3 Slow Cooker cookbooks, but they are all US and most of the recipes include a lot of sugar and a lot of US prepared foods. My husband is diabetic and we live in Austria, so a recipe calling for sugar and/or condensed creme of mushroom soup are of very limited help.

Can anyone suggest a good slow cooker cookbook that assumes preparing food from scratch and/or has a good discussion of creating one's own dishes with the slow cooker?

2pollysmith
Nov 22, 2008, 9:21am

Hi, I am from the US but The south beach diet uses very few prepared foods , sugar or salt, If you can get hold of those I think you would be pleased.

3maggie1944
Nov 22, 2008, 9:31am

Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook

From the back cover: "...offers a bounty of recipes you can use to prepare a tremendous variety of foods in your slow cooker using fresh, wholesome ingredients rather than packaged convenience foods." Sounds like exactly what you want. I hope you can get it in Austria. I'd be willing to ship it to you if you can not get it. Send me a PM if I can be of help. And let me know what you think if and when you get it.

4MarthaJeanne
Nov 22, 2008, 10:27am

Amazon.co.uk has it, and I have an order waiting for books, so that isn't a problem. But the material I saw on line didn't have that sentence in it. I hate ordering books by mail. But not quite as much as I hate not buying books at all ;)

5maggie1944
Nov 22, 2008, 11:50am

I have a copy sitting on my desk. If you have some questions I could easily answer by looking at the book: ask away. I'll try to get back to you within the day.

p.s. I do not work for these guys. I just am kind of a natural promoter. Sorry if this is off putting; I truly am just trying to be helpful.

6celebrian
Nov 22, 2008, 12:18pm

The Best Slow and Easy Recipes by Cook's Illustrated is the top of my list. I made the Carnitas last night and they are to die for. Not all of the recipes are specifically for a slow cooker- some are for stovetop braising or slow oven braising. All are winners.

7AMQS
Nov 29, 2008, 10:48pm

I second the recommendation of Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook, and add The Gourmet Slow Cooker by Lynn Alley. I believe there's also a second book but I don't own it.

8reading_fox
Nov 30, 2008, 11:12am

I don't think I've ever followed a slow cooker recipe.

The basic principle is to make sure you have enough liquid around, more than you would for the same dish in a oven/stove top, to fully cover the meat.

Other than that just chuck stuff in and let it cook. I tend to brown meat first, but that's about it. I've made lasagne, chilli con carne, soups, stews and curries by doing so. No disasters.

9bluesalamanders
Gen 11, 2009, 9:17am

My mom got me Fix it and Forget it Lightly (not quite the right touchstone) for Christmas, a slow cooker cookbook. I haven't tried the recipes yet, but the ones she read to me when she found it sounded good. And it has from-scratch, low-fat recipes.

10MarthaJeanne
Nov 15, 2009, 4:55am

I finally decided that I wanted Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook, and it immediately became unavaillable. I've been watching for it, and Amazon.co.uk was still saying unavailable, but we were just in the US, and I saw it in a bookstore. Thank you to all who recommended it. It is exactly what I wanted! Now if I didn't have chicken soup in it today, I could make... or ... or...

11IdRatherBeInFrance
Gen 28, 2012, 12:46am

I wanted to bring attention to this thread, as crock pots are becoming super popular right now (which I seem to be saying a lot these days... radishes and southern food are also very popular!).

I haven't had the space for a slow cooker in my New York apartment so I only did a bit of braising on the stove, but I am very excited to finally get one in California.

Any new recommendations as far as cookbooks go?

12buchowl
Gen 28, 2012, 6:52am

>11 IdRatherBeInFrance: With your user name you might be interested in The French Slow Cooker by Michele Scicolone. I haven't gotten the book yet (only came out a couple of weeks ago)so I cannot personally recommend it but her other slow cooker book The Italian Slow Cooker was very well received.

I personally like the Slow Cooker Revolution by America's Test Kitchens. Everything I've cooked from that has been terrific but it is definitely not a 'dump and go' type cookbook. There tends to be extensive prep work but that seems to be the secret to having slow cooker meals taste like something cooked from the stove or oven.

Hope that helps. You are coming into slow cooking at the right time - the high end cookers have become so much more advanced than only a few years ago. Good luck!