We take slow cooking very seriously. For proof of that (as if you needed it), here are the hundreds of recipes that we've lovingly developed, tested, and retested for use in your favorite small appliance.
Another thing we take very seriously: cookbooks. (Believe me when I say that fall cookbook season is a bonafide holiday around here.) For us, there's nothing better than a cookbook that delights and inspires us to break out of a self-imposed dinnertime rut.
So without further ado, we decided to combine our two great loves and bring you a list of our favorite slow cooker cookbooks. Drumroll, please.
This book is intended for the "adventurous home cook," which means it's not filled with run-of-the-mill chili recipes. Instead, it's chock-full of tips and tricks on how to turn fresh, inventive ingredients into complete meals while you're away at work. According to Associate Food Editor Meghan Splawn, "This book is worth buying for the pork and cider stew recipe alone."
2. Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker, $16
Queen Martha swears by her slow cooker, and if that's not a glowing endorsement we don't know what is. Last winter, we shared her slow cooker cheesecake recipe from this very book, and it will never cease to blow our collective minds.
3. The Chef and the Slow Cooker, $10
Slow cookers are typically associated with home cooks, so we were excited to see what kind of magic bubble up when Chef Hugh Acheson got his hands on one. This cookbook is an homage to all of the unexpectedly fancy and impressive things you can expertly execute in a slow cooker.
Our Editor-in-Chief, Faith Durand, swears by the epically popular Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker, and as it turns out, so do a lot of Americans. The book was a huge best-seller when it was published in 2004 and, no doubt, helped the country fall in love with the appliance.
Here's a little (totally deserving!) shameless plug. Our cookbook has a little section with directions on how to adapt nearly any recipe for the slow cooker. (Hint: Braised dishes are best!) Our recipes for caramelized onions and lemon garlic chicken will change your life — or at least your weeknights.
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