Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook

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I just received a fantastic slow cooker cookbook to review.

It is called Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook: 200 Delicious Recipes and because it is written by the Best of Bridge ladies, so you just know it has to be good.

They test each and every one of the recipes in the book, so you know it’s not going to be like some cookbooks, where some of the recipes don’t even work.

What is the Best of Bridge?

If you are not familiar with the Best of Bridge ladies, they are a group of women who met each week playing bridge and would make great food to eat at their meetings.

In 1975, at a weekend getaway, eight women friends had an idea: Since a consistent highlight of their decade-old bridge group was the food they prepared and enjoyed together, and they had so many compliments on their food, perhaps they should think about writing a cookbook. This spur-of- the-moment notion was the impetus for The Best of Bridge, which went on to become one of the most successful brands in Canadian publishing, with more than three million books sold.

The Best of Bridge cookbooks are always written in a welcoming style. The recipes are easy to make, yet produce “gourmet” results. Their unique approach includes jokes to keep cooks smiling, which I love.

The only criticism I would have about this cookbook, as with all of the Bridge cookbooks, is that they have chosen to have the whole cookbook in capital letters. The font is very readable, but I would prefer lowercase lettering for the instructions. (Of course I always complain about not enough pictures, but I do that about pretty much every cookbook I review. Guess I just need to get used to it.)

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The Best of Bridge recipes are staples at pot lucks across the country, and the generation of children raised on them is now cooking for themselves. “We get lots of mail from people looking for specific books to give to their adult kids,” the Ladies report. “They want to make dishes that were always served at family celebrations. Our recipes have become part of their domestic traditions.”

This time the ladies of Bridge are using the slow cooker, and have they got some good crock pot recipes. Everything from Chipotle Cashews to Old Fashioned Lemon Pudding has been revised to cook perfectly in the crock pot.

This truly is a winning combination: the convenience of a slow cooker combined with absolutely sure-to-please Bridge recipes.

The recipes in this crockpot cookbook are divided into several handy chapters. There are recipes for All-Day Breakfast, Nibbles, Dips and Drinks, Soups, Beef and Veal, Pork and Lamb, Chicken and Turkey, Meatless Mains, Sides and Accompaniments and Desserts.

Here is just a small sample of the recipes you will find in this delightful cookbook:

  • Roasted Red Pepper and Bean Soup
  • Casablanca Chicken Soup
  • Cowboy Pot Roast with Sweet Potatoes
  • Beef Madras
  • Polenta Crostini, Three Ways
  • Mediterranean Meatloaf
  • Southwestern Pork Chili
  • Hoisin Orange Chicken
  • Sweet Potato Canneloni
  • Red Lentil and Vegetable Curry
  • Apple Cranberry Cake
  • Upside Down Chocolate Pudding

Here is a review of Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook: 200 Delicious Recipes by Dee Long:

Haven’t invested in a slow cooker just yet? The sensational recipes for slow cooked meals presented in Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook just may convince you that it will become the most used piece of equipment in your kitchen. From Saturday Chicken Stew with Sweet Potatoes, to Midweek Meatballs in Tomato Sauce and Beet and Apple Soup, author Sally Vaughan-Johnston writes with warmth and a dash of good humor, including many side dish recipes to accent your slow cooker main course.

We like the spiral binding format, which makes the book easy to lay flat and easy to read in the kitchen while preparing your ingredients. A great gift for novice as well as experienced cooks who understand just what a great invention the slow cooker is to busy homemakers!

It’s a good cookbook to add to your collection.

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