Cookbook Review: Slow & Easy by Natalie Haughton

Must-Read: Slow and Easy

If you've seen my Sunday Slow Cooker series, you probably know by now that I consider the electric slow cooker indispensable for convenient, low-maintenance cooking. Naturally, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of Slow and Easy: Fast-Fix Recipes For Your Electric Slow Cooker ($15.61), by the Los Angeles Daily News food editor, Natalie Haughton.

Haughton has penned five other cookbooks, including The Best Slow Cooker Cookbook Ever, so she's clearly spent a lot of time with her Crock-Pot. To find out what I thought of the book, read more.

Pros:

  • The introduction has helpful information from choosing and getting to know your slow cooker to which foods are most forgiving and which are most demanding.
  • There's a wide range of recipes, from smoky roasted cashews to gingerbread for dessert, and although the the book contains over 250 recipes, it's surprisingly light.
  • A "cook's notes" sidebar proves helpful, explaining nuances such as the differences in types of paprika available at the grocery store.

Cons:

  • The book contains no pictures.
  • If you don't have interest in a slow cooker, then this book isn't for you.
  • Many of the seafood recipes require adding in the protein near the end of cooking time, which requires more attentiveness on your part.


Recipes: The recipes cover just about everything. Here are some that caught my attention:

  • Caponata, Edamame Cheese Dip
  • Shrimp Chowder, Vegetable Stock
  • Artichoke Pasta Sauce
  • Shortcut Lasagna
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Turkey Molé
  • Shrimp Veracruz Style
  • Beef Lettuce Wraps
  • Tagine of Lamb With Apricots
  • Asian-Flavored Quinoa With Broccoli and Chard
  • Spanish Pistou
  • Blueberry Coffee Cake
  • Green Pepper Jelly
  • Flourless Chocolate Torte

Imagery: None.

Overall Rating: If you're a fan of the slow cooker (and aren't bothered that it doesn't contain pictures), then this informative yet innovative slow-cooker guide would be a useful, go-to book to add to your repertoire.

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