Food for Thought
When the weather turns cold, many smart cooks turn to the comfort and convenience of their crock pot for hearty, healthy, one-dish meals. According to a study by Betty Crocker Kitchens, 80 percent of American households owned a slow cooker in 2002.
If you are considering adding a crock pot to your cooking arsenal, experts recommend that you buy an oval-shaped pot because it can hold meats of different size and shape. The crock pot should also have at least three settings: keep warm, warm and hot. Look for a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker to accommodate family-sized meals, and choose one with a removable insert, which can expedite the cleaning process.
Here are some new cookbooks designed especially for crock pot meals:
(Wiley Publishing 2004)
by Lynn Alley (Ten Speed Press 2003)
(Clarkson N. Potter 2003)
(Meredith Books 2004)
by Dawn Hall (Rutledge Hill Press 2003)
by Stephanie Ashcraft and Janet Eyring (Gibbs Smith 2003)
(Meredith Books 2003)