It's the middle of winter, the holidays are over, and there's not much to do but settle in and cozy up. This is the perfect time to put something on to cook low and slow and fill the house with warmth and delicious smells. For inspiration, let's take a look at Cooking Slow, a cookbook devoted to the art of 'slowing down and cooking more.'
• Who wrote it: Andrew Schloss
• Who published it: Chronicle Books
• Number of recipes: 80
• Recipes for right now: Slow-Roasted Chicken with Potatoes and Herbs; Honey Barbecues Stuffed Squash; Coriander Spare Ribs with Cilantro Butter; Steamed Spiced Brown Bread; Molten Cauliflower; Slow Baked Rice Pudding
• Other highlights: Cooking Slow is arranged by method, with 9 main chapters: Slow Roasting, Slow Baking, Slow Simmering, Slow Steaming, Slow Grilling, Slow Frying, Slow Cooker, Sous Vide, and Slow Sweets. Each chapter opens with a brief introduction and moves on to several recipes, many with accompanying photographs. The Slow Roasting chapter also has a handy meat doneness chart. Obviously there are a lot of meat and poultry recipes here, but vegetables and dessert are well represented, too.
The introduction opens with an invitation to relax, which is always a welcome thing. It also covers the basics of slow/low temperature cooking and clears up the differences between what the author is getting at with slow cooking and slow cookers. There are also several pages on equipment and a final few paragraphs on food safety to round out this helpful and sensible section.
Cooking Slow has a sturdy but tight binding (it doesn't lie flat) and a matte finish slip cover. Beautiful, rich photographs by Alan Bensen are scattered throughout. Andrew Schloss has written 22 cookbooks, many of them best sellers, and has been published in many newspapers and magazines. He is also a noted culinary teacher and has won numerous awards.
• Who would enjoy this book? If the notion of a long, slow roasted leg of lamb or a slow-simmered pot roast appeals to you, then this book is worth checking out. It is understandably heavy on meat recipes, so maybe not for vegetarians or almost-vegetarians.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Cooking Slow by Andrew Schloss
• Visit the author's website: Andrew Schloss
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