Cookbook Review: Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker by Nicki Sizemore

Note: I received a digital advance reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

In the era of the Instant Pot, it feels like the slow cooker has been long forgotten. In fact, my own slow cooker has been relegated to the back of the pantry while my Instant Pot has a spot on my kitchen island. Let's face it--there are definitely some drawbacks to slow cookers (very long cooking times, having to be home on time to turn it off, sometimes having to prep things in the morning before work in order to start the recipe), but there's nothing like the feeling of coming home and knowing that your entire dinner is already done, and you don't even have to lift a finger.

Nicki Sizemore is here to prove that a slow cooker can still be an integral part of your kitchen, and you can cook modern, fresh, delicious food in your slow cooker. It's set up like your traditional cookbook dedicated to the home cook, with sections basically split into your veggies, meat, seafood, and breakfast. I wish there was a dessert section, but I know there's plenty of other cookbooks that fill that niche.

I was expecting the recipes to be simple comfort food, but I was pleasantly surprised by how diverse and eclectic the recipes were. The recipes include Thai Vegetable and Peanut Curry, Chicken Tikka Masala with Garlic Naan, Sticky Ginger Spareribs with Napa Cabbage Slaw, Morroccan Lamb Shanks with Pomegranate and Mint, and Green Curry Shrimp Noodle Bowls. If American classics are more your speed, there is also a recipe for Chicken Noodle Soup, Beef Chili, and a recipe for a whole garlic roast chicken, among others. A particular standout was the seafood section, which was filled with delicious and interesting recipes. I bookmarked pretty much all of them.

The design is colorful, accessible, and easy to read. The little blurbs before each recipe are well-written, helpful, and make me excited to cook the recipe. I can't wait to cook from this book and break out my slow cooker again.

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

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