11/16/16

The Asian Slow Cooker Book Review & Giveaway


By on 11/16/2016 09:31:00 AM

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When I think of Asian food--I generally do not think of pulling out the slow cooker to prepare it!  I was definitely interested in reading Kelly Kwok's cookbook--and reviewing it.  What did I think of The Asian Slow Cooker:  Exotic Favorites for your Crockpot?

I received a complimentary ebook copy of this book from the author or publisher for use in my review.  All opinions are my own.

Quick Summary of The Asian Slow Cooker cookbook by Kelly Kwok.  This cookbook provides great new flavors to try in your slow cooker. These simple and delicious recipes will have your favorite Asian dishes waiting for you right when you get home. With the press of a button, you can make authentic dishes that are healthier and tastier than their restaurant counterparts. You’ll experience a wide variety of flavors; choose spicy, vegetarian, noodles or rice. There are even recipes that have 5 ingredients or less. Extra long day? Kelly’s fuss-free one-pot and skillet recipes will have dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less?and with only one pan to wash, cleanup will be a breeze.Whether you’re in the mood for General Tso’s Chicken, Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken, Beef Chow Fun, Panang Curry, Mapo Tofu or Tom Yum Hot and Sour Soup, you can have fast, delicious meals every day of the week the easy way.

The Asian Slow Cooker is a beautiful book.  Literally--and figuratively.  The Asian Slow Cooker cookbook holds probably the most beautiful recipe photos of any cookbook that I own.  I wanted to try every recipe in the book--from just the photos alone!  Then--I realized that almost all of the recipes were really designed to be easy to prepare.   That is also a beautiful thing when I have about 40 minutes to make dinner on a busy weeknight!

Every recipe isn't for the slow cooker.  I love my slow cooker--but, I wasn't sure that I wanted more than a handful of Asian themed crockpot recipes.  This book has a nice section of slow cooker recipes--but, also offers one pot meals and skillet recipe ideas that minimize prep time and clean up time (and can be made quickly and easily if I didn't plan ahead with the crockpot!)

How do the recipes in The Asian Slow Cooker taste?  Isn't that the real test of a cookbook?  I haven't tried an actual slow cooker recipe from the book yet--but, I did try the Spicy Mongolian Beef and Pineapple and the Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken recipes.  And I didn't change them.  At all.  (If you know me--you know that I can never leave a recipe alone.)  I left these two recipes alone--and they turned out great.  The flavors worked completely well.  They balanced perfectly.  And--the recipes used minimal, realistic ingredients that were easy to find, easy to use and likely to be used again in my Asian cooking.

Would I recommend The Asian Slow Cooker?  I cook a lot of Indian foods.  A lot of Mediterranean/ Middle-Terranean foods.  I try to cook Asian foods--but, I'm not all that good at choosing "good" Asian recipes when I search online.  I had positive results from the first two recipes that I tried from this book.  The recipes are easy and I am 2 for 2 on dinner wins with the whole family.  I know that it's so easy to just "go online" and grab a recipe--but, when you find a recipe book that works for your family--you need to grab it too!  I have only a few printed cookbooks--but, the The Asian Slow Cooker has joined them on my e-reader!  I would certainly recommend this book to those fairly new to Asian Cooking--and to those seeking to make some of the recipes a little easier and less time consuming.

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Meet the Author:

Kelly is the blogger behind Life Made Sweeter. She is a self-taught baker and specializes in Asian cuisine. You can often find her in the kitchen dreaming up tasty new dishes that are quick and easy to make for her family.

She enjoys using her slow cooker and adding a fun and healthy twist to many classic favorites.

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