The Italian Slow Cooker by Michele Scicolone
Finally a book that combines the fresh, exuberant flavors of great Italian food with the ease and comfort of a slow cooker. Michele Scicolone, a best-selling author and an authority on Italian cooking, shows how good ingredients and simple techniques can lift the usual "crockpot" fare into the dimension of fine food. Pasta with Meat and Mushroom Ragu, Osso Buco with Red Wine, Chicken with Peppers and Mushrooms: These are dishes that even the most discriminating cook can proudly serve to company, yet all are so carefree that anyone with just five or ten minutes of prep time can make them on a weekday and return to perfection.
Simmered in the slow cooker, soups, stews, beans, grains, pasta sauces, and fish are as healthy as they are delicious. Polenta and risotto, "stir-crazy" dishes that ordinarily need careful timing, are effortless. Meat loaves come out perfectly moist, tough cuts of meat turn succulent, and cheesecakes emerge flawless.
About the Author
Michele Scicolone is the author of fourteen cookbooks, including the best-selling Sopranos Family Cookbook, and Entertaining with the Sopranos. A sought-after spokesperson and cooking teacher, she has made many times on national television.
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Original edition (January 7, 2010)
This is a super easy to use cookbook without a lot of fuss and easy to find ingredients. I tried one of the Italian roasts and it came out just perfect! I already had several of the spices (rosemary and thyme) growing in the garden so it was easy to incorporate those fresh ingredients as well as dried. I love using my slow cooker and this book really helped expand my horizons. I have to try out one of the chicken recipes as well since these look delicous!