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The Chef and the Slow Cooker

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Hugh Acheson brings a chef's mind to the slow cooker, with 100 recipes showing readers how an appliance generally relegated to convenience cooking can open up many culinary doors. Hugh celebrates America's old countertop stalwart with fresh, convenient slow cooker recipes with a chef's twist, dishes like brisket with soy, orange, ginger, and star anise, or pork shoulder br ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by Clarkson Potter Publishers
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❄️✨ Kat ✨❄️
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, cookbooks

The recipes in this book were just not my type, but it does give good explanations of how to make brines and broths. Also has some good images.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm a huge fan of cook books and this is another good addition to my collection. I'm already looking forward to cooking several of these recipes.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I bought this book several months ago, after reading a review and feeling excited about making homemade chicken broth in my slow cooker overnight. The recipes for broths are indeed full of flavor and I woke to the whole house smelling amazing.

I just read the rest of the recipes today. Most of them sound amazing... but it seems like the reason I love my slow cooker- that I can put in the ingredients and then go to my office for 9-10 hours - well, many of these recipes are NOT fix it and forget it
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Beautifully photographed cookbook with side notes and sketches by the talented and scrumptious(sorry if that offends anyone)James Beard winner and Top Chef contestant and judge Hugh Acheson. This is definitely a meat lover's cookbook(Pot Roast with Charred Onion & Chickpea Salad, Osso Buco with Lavender-Citrus Gremolata) but there are also some intriguing veggie soup(Lentil Soup with Kale & Sour Cream)and side dish(Artichoke & Carrot Barigoule) entries. Acheson elevates the slow cook ...more
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
If I ate meat, this book would probably have 5 stars.

Being a vegetarian, there's not much to get from this book. Even the sections on vegetables that you *think* would be veg-friendly tell people to throw in a hock of ham or whatever.

I was really excited for this book because I wanted some more slow cooker recipes. Unfortunately, unless you're an avid meat eater this book probably isn't for you.
S Vanorse
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not anything in here that I really say to myself "I have to make that". The food photos were nice, but still if I am using a slow cooker I want to dump it all in and leave, not go through a bunch of steps, before, during and after. Then I could have my picture taken, sitting in a lawn chair reading a cookbook, drink in hand, like Acheson, only I wouldn't have the slow cooker on the lawn with a 100 foot extension cord.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
I'm a fan of Hugh Acheson, but I was wholly unimpressed with The Chef and The Slow Cooker. It is fun to look at with interesting prologues to the recipes and a new way to look at your slow cooker, but there is little I would actually make. Actually, I found TWO. That's it: two recipes. I think Acheson found the not so sweet spot where a serious cook wouldn't use a slow cooker and the home cook wouldn't find a recipe.

3 stars, C-
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Atcheson really takes the slow cooker to new heights here. His instructions are very clear, his prep times accurate and most ingredients easy to get. This is more dinner-party fare than weeknight food, and Atcheson’d southern influence is very apparent here.

The vegetable and stock chapters really stood out for me. If you use your slow cooker a lot, there are some very good ideas here.
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
A lot of times when chefs write for the slow cooker their recipes end up being just as much work as any other recipe, and for me the slow cooker is supposed to be easier. He is still a little too chef-y for me to get many recipes from this, but there are definitely several good ones that don't require too much work or hard-to-find ingredients.
I expected more real life recipes

It is a good book, I liked it, I liked how simple they seem, but I expected more recipes using common ingredients like beef, and pork, chicken that are the ones that I use. But it was ok.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoy Hugh Acheson and this book shows his sense of humor. Liked the soups, the beans, and (who knew?) the recipes for peach butter and apple butter made in a crock pot. Will be skipping the goat and the tripe.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbook
I'm a big fan of the slow cooker and of Hugh Acheson, but these recipes didn't resonate with me so much. I guess I like my slow cooked food simpler and less chef-y. Found his continued use of the word redolent redundant. Loved the illustrations though, which Hugh himself drew.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-book
Lovely pictures but I didn't think the recipes were so unique I couldn't find them in other books I have read.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, april
Beautifully designed and photographed -- and better to look at than likely to use. As one other reviewer said, it's definitely more dinner party fare than weeknight cooking.
Jessica Pierson
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great advice, very personal descriptions of the recipes, beautiful photography, I loved this book. Can't wait to make everything in it.
Christine Clark
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I've always enjoyed bad boy chef, Hugh Acheson. This is a nice cookbook but it goes beyond what I am interested in cooking. I did, however, get some good tips while reading this book.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hardback, library
Just the stock session makes this book worthwhile.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Most of the recipes had foods that I already don't like in them, so I just don't want to invest time and money in a recipe that has a food that I don't like in it.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I saw maybe 2 or 3 recipes I would try but nothing more.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
A good book to give people who think the slow cooker isn't hip. However, for people who already use and love their slow cookers there aren't many ground-breaking recipes.
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: from-library
interesting text but not one recipe I wanted to try
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