I’ve got a special treat for you, gluten-free peeps, as we move into these bleak and dreary depth-of-winter-months.
If you haven’t already heard, Carrie Forbes, Ginger Lemon Girl has a gangbuster new cookbook, The Everything Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cookbook. Guess what I didn’t know before I read this book? You really can cook everything in a slow cooker. She’s not kidding. From Breakfast to Casseroles to Breads and Desserts (and Lattes!). While I’ve been using my slow cooker (occasionally) for years for soups and stews, I have never delved into baking in a slow cooker. Carrie’s book has got me totally jazzed to bust out my slow cooker and try a whole new genre of cooking. And with 300 recipes to choose from, I won’t be running out of options any time soon!
While it might seem that cooking in a slow cooker is the opposite of what I’m focused on right now, (30-minute meals), the more I thought about it, the more in sync I realized Carrie and I are. Using a slow cooker actually serves the same purpose as a 30-minute meal. Whether you’ve got dinner in the slow cooker for 2-8 hours, or you’re whipping up a 30-minute meal, the goal is the same: LESS TIME SPENT OVER THE STOVE!
Random side note: One of the cutest things about this book is that last I checked, it was the #1 bestseller in the category of Potatoes on Amazon. I didn’t know there was category for Potatoes, but I like it!!! That actually tells you a little bit about this book, which is that it’s filled with comforting foods, because what’s more comforting than a potato?
This is not to say this book is just chock-full of potatoes. As mentioned above, it’s a book that teaches you how to cook everything in a slow cooker. I am very impressed by the variety of recipes. While Carrie does give us many traditional favorites, like Chicken Cacciatore (p.188) and Split Pea Soup (p.125), this book is not your typical run of the mill roster. Eastern North Carolina Cheesy Grits Casserole (p.52)? I’m on it. Welsh Rarebit (p.84)? Yup. Lone Star State Chili (p139)? I’m going to make that right now!
In addition to the Soups, Stews and Chilis chapter (my favorite types of food), I am most excited about the Slow Cooker 101 chapter, the Five Ingredients or Fewer chapter, and the Kid-Friendly Meals chapter. Oh, yeah, and also the Gluten-Free Breads and Desserts chapter. Oh, dang it, I’m excited about it all! Bravo, Carrie for putting together such a comprehensive, fun, and instructive gluten-free cookbook. On top of the stellar recipe collection, The Everything Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cookbook also has excellent instructional chapters on Slow Cooker Basics, and Why Gluten-Free.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILE GLUTEN-FREE, THIS BOOK IS NOT TOP 8 ALLERGEN-FREE. But many recipes naturally are, or if not, are adaptable. Given the incredible breadth of delicious recipes, I think I can safely say that there’s something in this cookbook for just about everyone.
ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY:
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