Chronicle Books just released an iPhone app based on the fabulous cookbook, Art of the Slow Cooker, by Andrew Schloss. This inspired app includes 30 of the book's best recipes for soups, stews, braises, classics, and sides.
Recently, I was able to ask Andrew a few questions about his love of slow cooking:
When and why did you start using your slow cooker to create meals and desserts?
I started using a slow cooker as part of my work as a recipe developer. I am intrigued by how food responds to different cooking methods. Slow cookers are especially interesting because there is so little evaporation during cooking, which makes it easy to keep food moist, but creates challenges for thickening sauces and concentrating flavors.
What are your three favorite recipes to make in a slow cooker?
I like using my slow cookers to make dishes that are better made in a slow cooker than any other cooking method. Some of my favorites are hearty meats like lamb shanks and brisket. There are terrific recipes in the app for braised lamb shanks with prunes (I love dark meats with fruit) and sweet and sour brisket. Fibrous root vegetables, like beets, rutabaga, turnips, and sweet potatoes are phenomenal in a slow cooker. You asked for three, right? Baking, I guess, just because it's fun. Cakes, like fruit cakes, that tend to dry and darken in an oven are improved by baking in a slow cooker. Cheesecake also comes out exceptionally creamy.
Where does your recipe inspiration come from?
I love solving problems and being helpful, so understanding the needs of my readers and trying to come up with simple creative solutions to help them get dinner on the table easily and deliciously is my greatest inspiration.
To celebrate the app release, Chronicle Books has offered to give one lucky Foodista reader a copy of Art of the Slow Cooker, and another reader the Art of the Slow Cooker App!
For your chance to win the book or the app, leave a comment here with the name of your favorite meal or dessert to make in the slow cooker by Monday 12/13! We'll randomly select two winners and announce them on Monday!
Thank you to Chronicle Books and Andrew Schloss for the fabulous book and app!
-Andrea Mitchell, Foodista staff and blogger at CanYouStayForDinner.com