Why I Listen to Readers of The Kitchn: You Made Me Keep This Slow Cooker Cookbook (and It's Great!)

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During The Kitchn Cure, I tackled my cookbook stash, making a pile of books I knew I would never use. I felt good about it, but Kitchn reader mandyh made me take another look after she expressed surprise I was getting rid of one of her favorites, Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook. This time of year, I wake up every day wanting to put something in the slow cooker, so I can come home to a hot meal. I listened to mandyh and cracked it open, and it's getting more food-splattered by the week.

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The Sloppy Joes are on the menu for tonight and, as I type, they smell delicious! I was happy to find an easy, from scratch recipe for one of my favorite childhood meals. The recipe is also heavy on veggies, which is great, because it allows me to feed our family of five on just one pound of meat.

The first recipe I tried — and I have no picture, because I didn't know how good it would be — was Beth Hensperger's California Tamale Pie. It was a hit!

Thank you mandyh and thank you Kitchn readers, because I've learned a lot from you!

Find it at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon:
Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook, by Beth Hensperger. Published by Harvard Common Press.

Have you ever revisited a cookbook and been pleasantly surprised?

(Image credits: Anne Postic)

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