Sunday, August 30, 2015

Book review: Fix-It and Forget-It Slow Cooker Magic- 550 Amazing Everyday Recipes

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. 

If you've been reading this blog for any period of time, chances are that you have read a post in which I confess to being a terrible cook. I can usually follow a recipe and produce something edible, but I suffer from forgetting that dinner exists and also from a total lack of creativity. Still, every year when fall rolls around, I give myself a pep talk. The kids are in school, so I have plenty of spare time. And the weather has cooled off, so being in the kitchen isn't challenging. I can do it! This year I have a new cookbook to help me in my quest to feed  my family. It's called Fix-It and Forget-It Slow Cooker Magic- 550 Amazing Everyday Recipes. Here's a bit about the book, from a press release that I received:

Recipes here are perfect for every season and occasion, and feature more than just the usual soup, stews, and casseroles.  Highlights include Thai veggie curry, slow cooker pizza, black bean burritos, chile rellenos casserole, banana chocolate chip bars, cornbread, and expanded vegan offerings.
Ms. Good does not create all of the recipes; rather, recipes are submitted by her legions of fans and tested by a select group of home cooks known as “Team Fix-It”—real women cooking in Chicago, Kansas City, Washington, DC, Indianapolis, Louisville, Brooklyn, and across the country.
 “Good cooks love to share their recipes rather than possess them,” Ms. Good says. “Readers feel surrounded by a community when they cook from Fix-It cookbooks. They take comfort in knowing that these recipes come from other people who are also working and feeding their families.”
Known for eschewing expensive ingredients and exotic flavors in favor of truly foolproof recipes, Ms. Good is propelled by the belief that slow cookers make it easy to cultivate quality time with loved ones. She has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, the Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and many others.

My copy of the book arrived on a week that we had received a farm box of fruits and veggies, so I went through the book with an eye to what I had on hand. I ended up making potato soup- it turned out so nicely and was so easy to make in the slow cooker! I also flagged lots of other yummy-sounding recipes like slow-cooker lasagna, beef roast with homemade ginger-orange sauce and overnight french toast! I love the range of recipes in the book. Whatever the meal or occasion or main food item, you'll be sure to find a recipe that's just what you're looking for. This cookbook is available now. Happy cooking!