Stock the Crock

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Good variety of recipes that can be cooked in either a crockpot or Instant Pot.

 

This cookbook has 100 crockpot recipes and each have many variations for gluten-free, paleo, ‘picky eaters’ (i.e. less spicy) or vegan diets. The accompanying photographs look scrumptious. There are many unusual recipes including tomato paste, cream of mushroom soup, fruit butters, yogurt, fruit crisps and other desserts. There are some unusual vegan substitutions like pan cooked lentils for ground beef that I am going to try soon.  The author also includes some excellent cooking tips that I have never heard elsewhere despite my addiction to the Food Network.  My favorite was putting cut potatoes in a water and cream of tartar bath before cooking to avoid them turning brown while cooking, which worked great when I tried it.  I will use this tip in many of my family’s recipes–not just the ones in this book.

 

The recipes don’t have exotic ingredients or spices that you have to make a special trip to the store to buy. Most of the ingredients would be in a typical family’s fridge or pantry. I liked that the author included substitutions for items you may not have on hand, or just don’t like, along with any timing differences that might be required. The two dishes that I prepared were simple and tasty. I’m looking forward to trying a few more soon. I only have one complaint. There is no calorie or nutritional information with any of the recipes so I deducted one star for that oversight. However, I would still recommend this book.

 

I want to thank the publisher, Time Inc. Books, and netgalley for the advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review. This book will be released on September 5, 2017.

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July 19th, 2017 by
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