For years I used my old reliable Rival Crockpot with pretty consistent results. Yes, it was easy to use. Yes, it was nice to have a hot meal when I got home from work. Eventually I stopped using it because the food was predictable and the presentation (important to me) was less than desirable. Recently I purchased a basic slow cooker to replace the previous one which died, possibly from boredom. I was overjoyed to see "The French Slow Cooker" by Michele Scicolone.
This cookbook author has taken ordinary ingredients and combined them in new, flavorful ways. My attempt at "Sunday Roast Chicken with Potatoes, Lemon, and Thyme" was a success and enjoyed by all. I religiously followed the recipe until I was directed to squeeze the lemon halves into the juices. I found the juices to be tart enough so thickened the mixture without the additional lemon juice called out in the recipe. The chicken was flavorful and moist and the thick potato slices kept their shape.
I have bookmarked several other "must try" recipes from this collection and am looking forward to enjoying the French flair these recipes provide. The recipes are not complicated so they should not intimidate the average cook. The Tips and Techniques at the beginning of the cookbook should be a great help to the novice cook. Bon Appetit!