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Saturday, August 2, 2014

REVIEW: Year-Round Slow Cooker by Dina Cheeney

Title: Year Round Slow Cooker
Series: none
Author:  Dina Cheeney
Published Date: Jan 22, 2013
Publisher: Taunton Press
Format: e-book
Pages: 224
ISBN: 978-1600854903
Genre: cookbook
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon

Rating: 2 stars

Synopsis: Make more than stew in your slow cooker! Year-Round Slow Cooker gives you an eye-opening look at 100 amazing recipes you can make in this handy device. See how the crock pot you depend on for chilly-weather soups and stews is so much more versatile than you may think.
25 innovative recipes for each season. Author and cooking teacher Dina Cheney taps into the growing trend for eating fresh and uses her know-how to make it easy for the home cook. She has developed 25 slow-cooker recipes for each season that feature fresh, seasonal ingredients. Along with classics like corned beef and cabbage, you can also enjoy summer Greek-style brisket, peach and apricot bread pudding, Asian-style short ribs, and more.
Get the most from your slow cooker. With Year-Round Slow Cooker you can simplify meal prep, prepare make-ahead dishes, and eat fresh from January to December.

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.
The first thing I notice from this book is that it was horribly formatted for my Nook. In order to read it, you have to skip a line every time. And the line you skip is a continuation of another line. Where they all are supposed to be read in relation to one another is anyone's guess.This made it very frustrating to try to read the backgrounds of the recipes. The formatting for the recipes themselves are not much better, and prove to be very frustrating as well.
I am not a cook. I don't like cooking, and I hate prep. That's why I want my slow-cooker to do most of the work for me while I'm off doing more important things, like working, reading,taking care of my kids or writing reviews. The prep time for these recipes was on average, about 45 minutes. That's about 15 minutes longer than I want to be in the kitchen cooking at all.
Also some of the ingredients are not ingredients that I have hanging out in my kitchen, so I would have to make a special trip to the store to acquire them. Perhaps if I was having a special group of people over to my house, it would be useful, but I'm not a host-type person.
This book disappointed me, I was hoping for more every-day type recipes.

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