Monday, August 29, 2011
The New Homemaker Big Book of Crockpot Cookery
Author: Lynn Siprelle
Genre: Non-Fiction Cookbook
How long it's been on sale: 4 months
Current price: $2.99
Marketing: linked on my website, giveaways
Total sold so far: 28
Link to book on Amazon: The New Homemaker Big Book of Crockpot Cookery
At The New Homemaker, I've provided practical homemaking advice for the last twelve years. My readers ask three questions over and over:
* How can I save money on food?
* How can I save time on cooking?
* ...And how can I do either of these and still feed my family decent food that they'll love?
The answer lies with an appliance your mom probably had in the '70s--one that may be lurking in the back of your kitchen cabinet right now, in fact--the crockpot! Your crockpot can save you both time and money, and makes family-pleasing meals at the same time.
Maybe you came here hoping to find inspiration beyond a pot of beans. After all, how many crocks of beans can you cook up before your family cries, "Enough!" That's why I've put together this collection of 250 crockpot recipes, recipes for every kind of meal you can imagine, including:
* Appetizers and Dips
* Hearty Soups and Stews
* Roasts and Chops
* ...Even Dessert!
Did you know you can actually bake a cake in a crockpot? Yes, and I'll tell you exactly how to do it with your favorite recipe.
SAVE TIME: Crockpot cooking is easy to plan ahead, and you're free to do other things instead of standing over the stove tapping your toes.
SAVE MONEY: Cheap cuts of meat are actually BETTER for crockpot cooking than expensive ones! Buy an inexpensive brisket, use one of the brisket recipes and you may find out you prefer brisket to steak! Long, slow cooking can turn even the toughest chicken into a meal to be remembered. Leftovers are easily frozen, saving even MORE time and money. And they're sometimes better than the original meal!
SAVE DINNER! With a crockpot and this guide, your family will eat better than they ever have! You'll be serving them hot, nutritious meals that they will positively GOBBLE down!
First 300 Words:
Thank you for buying The New Homemaker Big Book of Crockpot Cookery! Crockpot, or slow cooker, cooking doesn't just save time. It saves money! You can use cheaper cuts of meat, for example. These cuts--briskets, flank steaks, stew meats, stewing chickens--are actually meant to be cooked for a long time over low heat. It brings out their best flavors and makes them fork-tender as well.
You may note that many of these recipes call for canned creamed condensed soups and powdered soups. I myself don't like these products. They contain a lot of chemicals, too much sodium and MSG, and other dubious additives. You can make your own creamed condensed soup quickly and easily, and then you'll know exactly what's in it.
Condensed Cream Soup Substitute I:
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste
Melt butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour until smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat, add the chicken broth and milk a little at a time, stirring to keep smooth. Return to heat. Bring sauce to a gentle boil. Stir constantly until it thickens. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed. Add saute'd chopped celery, celery seed, leftover chopped chicken or saute'd chopped mushrooms to make various creamed soups. Substitutes for one can of condensed soup.
Condensed Cream Soup Substitute II:
2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup instant reduced sodium chicken or beef bouillon granules
1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves
1/4 tsp. pepper
I don't care for this as much because of all the gunk that's in the bouillion, but it does work and it is quick. Put everything into an airtight container, give it a good whisk, and store. To use, stir together 1/3 cup dry mix and 1-1/4 cup water in a saucepan. Cook and stir until thickened. Add whatever you need to get the soup you're going for (chicken, mushrooms, celery, etc). This mix is equivalent to nine cans of condensed soup.
Vicki's Comments: I'm not fond of the cover, it looks like a painting and most cookbooks have photographs on them. I think a professional photo would do this book a world of good. I went to istockphoto.com and typed in "crock pot" in the search box and found quite a few great photos that would work well for this book.
The description is too long, and I get lost in it. Most people know what a crock pot is, I don't think you need to introduce them to one. It also doesn't tell me how many recipes I get with this book. That is one of the *most* important things you need to tell a potential buyer. I do like the list of things you can make in your crock pot. I think the description can be trimmed down to just the essentials, which should help with sales.
I didn't find anything wrong with the recipes in the sample, and I think this recipe book would appeal to a lot of people. My guess is the cover needs to be redone, and trim up the sample a bit.
What do you guys think?