Gourmet Slow Cooker

Simple and Sophisticated Meals from Around the World

Lynn Alley



Slow cookers can be lifesavers in the whirlwind that our daily lives can become. I remember a recipe I found in the LaLeche League cookbook — “Fussy Day Chicken” — which consisted of putting a whole chicken in the slow cooker, pouring barbeque sauce on it, turning the machine on, and then getting back to your teething baby until it was time to feed the family supper. It was in no way gourmet, but it worked, and I was grateful.

Since those days, I’ve seldom used a slow cooker, mostly because I have come to appreciate fresher flavors and resist the overcooked comfort food that has become the hallmark of slow cooker recipe collections. The Gourmet Slow Cooker changes all that! It is everything any busy, flavor-loving person could want, and resembles other slow cooker recipe collections hardly at all.

Lynn Alley has not only travelled the world collecting traditional one-pot meals (and includes a short chapter on the anthropological evidence that suggests one-pot meals are among the earliest forms of cooking), she has developed recipes that are fast to set in motion, cook without your assistance while you take care of other things you need to do, and (most importantly) offer up fresh, mouth-watering flavor at the end of the day.

A sampling of recipes includes:

  • Lamb Shanks in Tomato Sauce from Greece
  • Apricot Chicken from India
  • Chicken Mole from Mexico
  • White Truffle Risotto from Italy
  • Provençal Chicken Stew from France
  • Potato, Cheddar and Chive Soup from the United States

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