Sunday, January 10, 2016

Book Review: The Mexican Slow Cooker

I will start this by saying technically this book does not count toward the agreement to try not to buy any more cookbooks. First I had requested it prior to my agreement.  Second I did not actually buy it.  (Those are valid arguments, right?)  Onto the book....

The Mexican Slow Cooker by Deborah Schneider caught my eye as it combines two things I adore - Mexican food and the slow cooker.  The recipes do require more hands on work/time than a normal slow cooker recipe.  This might hinder someone who needs to throw everything in before heading out for work.  Since I am home most of the time, I am okay with that.

My favorite section has to be the "Basics, Rice, Beans, and Other Sides".  These items are the building blocks for many other recipes in the book.  They can also easily be used as the base of your own creations.  The Mexican Slow Cooker also covers street foods, soups, and even desserts.

Some of the recipes use ingredients with which I am not 100% familiar.  My style of cooking leans toward make do with what I have so this also is not a major hindrance for me.  A few of the items -  poblano peppers and Mexican oregano - are staples in my garden.  If you are a cook who needs to follow a recipe precisely, this might not be the cookbook for you.

While this might not be my favorite cookbook, it does have enough redeeming qualities that I would keep it.  I will definitely use the recipes in the "Basics...." section.  That alone will earn it a permanent home on my bookshelf.

disclosure:  I received this book from Blogging for Books but was not otherwise compensated for this review. All opinions are my own!

1 comment:

Terri Cheney said...

I know how long it takes to get the books from Blogging for Books and agree it doesn't count. I hope you enjoy the book. I haven't yet tried any of the recipes but I do intend to do so before this month is out.