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Slow Cookers for Dummies [Paperback]

By Tom Lacalamita (Author) & Glenna Vance (Author)
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Item description for Slow Cookers for Dummies by Tom Lacalamita & Glenna Vance...

Two food and appliance experts offer an easy-to-follow handbook for effective use of slow cookers, gathering eighty delicious recipes, including soups, stews, roasts, and vegetarian dishes, and discussing the pros and cons of all types of slow cooking machines. Original.

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The secret is out: That slow cooker that's been collecting dust in your kitchen cabinet is a wonderful and easy tool for making delicious entrees at the touch of a button. With new U.S. sales estimated at 6 million a year, more people are finding slow cookers indispensable in getting a home-cooked meal on the table. Besides tasting good, slow cooked meals are convenient and nutritious because you use fresh, wholesome ingredients.

"Slow Cookers For Dummies" is for working families, couples, single people, students, and anyone who is tired of takeout. Perhaps you love cooking but have little time to do it or want to decrease your reliance on prepared mixes or boxed convenience foods. Slow cooking may be right for you if you want toSave money on food and utility billsControl your sodium and fat intakeFree up your oven and cooktop for more holiday cookingTake a hot dish to a potluck supper

If you already know how to use a slow cooker, the delicious recipes in this book can help you expand your repertoire beyond soups and stews. If you're thinking of getting a slow cooker, "Slow Cookers For Dummies" takes you from the basics of how these cookers work to preparing special occasion meals, to troubleshooting slow cooker problems.

Here's a closer look at what "Slow Cookers For Dummies" includes: Guidelines on how to choose the right slow cooker for youTechniques to help you slow-cook the right wayEasy recipes for snacks, beverages, chili, stews, and casserolesScrumptious recipes for roasting beef, pork, lamb, and poultryHow-to's on cooking and freezing in batchesWays to adapt favorite traditionally cooked dishes for the slow cooker

In "Slow Cookers for Dummies, " food and appliance cooking experts Tom Lacalamita and Glenna Vance show that this classic cooking appliance is really a wonderful tool for making creative, delicious meals. With 75 recipes for making the most out of your slow cooker, you'll never put that slow cooker in your cabinet again.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: For Dummies
Pages   243
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.26" Width: 7.46" Height: 0.59"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 6, 2000
Publisher   For Dummies
ISBN  0764552406  
ISBN13  9780764552403  
UPC  785555025981  

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Tom Lacalamita has written five appliance cookbooks and appeared on Good Morning America(R), CNBC(R), and NPR(R). Glenna Vance is a food writer and recipe developer.

Tom Lacalamita currently resides in Long Island, in the state of New York.

Tom Lacalamita has published or released items in the following series...
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Reviews - What do customers think about Slow Cookers for Dummies?

Slow Cookers for Dummies  Mar 4, 2008
This is a good reference book that seems to cover all aspects of slow cooking in a very easy down to earth way.
slow cookers for dummies  Apr 10, 2007
I found this book to be very helpful. I recently recieved a slow cooker as a gift from my niece and had no clue how to use it. After reading this book I felt very confidant and gave it a try. To my surprise, the whole family loved the meals that I cooked from this book. The book gives you both the traditional way to cook the meals and the slow cooker way.I now cook with this book at least once or twice a week--what an easy way to get a delicious meal on the table without having to hover over the stove! The stew was great, as was the roast pork with apples, sweet potatoes and plantains(a new family favorite). Can't wait to try the cranberry brisket and the lemon chicken.
lots of good tips!  Jan 26, 2007
i searched and searched for a slow cooker/crock pot cookbook and finally found this one. not only does it have good recipes, it mainly has instructions/tips, etc. about how to use your cooker and how to get the most from it. i only wish it had recipes for my size cooker/3 and 1/2 qt. instead of the 6. but, i can usually adjust down the ingredients. this is the perfect cookbook for me since i am a dummie when it comes to cooking. lol!
Good book for a slow-cooker beginner like me!  Feb 24, 2006
I liked the fact that this book explains so much about slow-cooker cooking, in addition to the yummy-sounding recipes. I haven't tried any yet, though, so I can't comment on the recipes themselves...
Buy this book BEFORE you buy the slow cooker  Feb 15, 2006
I'm going to jump the gun and review this book before I've cooked any of the recipes. I haven't bought the slow cooker yet. I mainly chose this book to educate myself on what to look for when shopping for a slow cooker. I've never owned one before and I didn't want to buy one and then realize which features I should have looked for. How many appliances have I bought that I wish I hadn't, only because I didn't know enough about how the appliance functions. Not going to make that mistake again so this time I'm starting with the cookbook first. I think it's going to pay for itself even if I don't like the recipes (which I'm sure I will once I try them). Information contained in this book still applies to slow cookers sold today, I've been shopping for them this week. What has changed is that the quality of slow cookers has declined, reviews show you that, all the more reason to purchase this book to help you sort out the wheat from the chaff.

Looking at the recipes in this book I see that they call for a 4qt or a 6qt slow cooker and the instructions are given in hours on either a Low or High setting. Now that I've seen what a slow cooker recipe looks like I know that a cooker with a dial that has these settings is going to make it easier to follow the recipe. I also know that there is a difference between cookers that use a wrap around heating element and a bottom only heating element. The book warns you about the pitfalls of owning a slow cooker with a bottom only heating element. It also talks about the insert, how some models allow the insert to be placed directly on your stovetop but this means you do not have a true slow cooker. Lots of informative advice I am so glad I am aware of now. Makes shopping for a slow cooker less daunting.

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