Slow Cooker Soups: A Cookbook of Comforting Recipes You Can Prep and Forget by Pamela Ellgen
I'm always looking for fresh ideas for my slow cooked meals. I've been using a slow cooker for at least 2 decades. I've come to appreciate it more over the past decade or so once I discovered I had autoimmune disease & needed foods that were easier on my digestive system. Nothing beats cooking foods low & slow to keep tummies happy.
What made me decide to order this book is that it indicated it contained allergen free recipes. I often find I cannot utilize most slow cooker recipes due to too many of the ingredients containing foods my body doesn't tolerate. In some situations omissions or substitutions can be made, but in most cases, it's not realistic as I'll be creating an entirely different dish.
I follow a combination of a low FODMAPs & AIP diet because I have found that's what works best for me personally. This has made this cookbook rather challenging even with the allergy free recipes. There are only a very small handful of recipes I can utilize. It is always hit or miss when stepping out of the low FODMAPs & AIP cookbooks as to how useful they will end up being even when they claim to be allergen free. What I have noticed, is most authors do not fully grasp the seriousness of specialty diets. If it doesn't contain dairy you are good to go right? Um, no, I'm not. But it doesn't have gluten! Gee, that's great, but I need gluten free, dairy free, & nightshade free. Sucks to be me. But anyone with food intolerance's knows we learn how to make things work. Shocking as may seem to those free of these food disabilities, delicious & nutritious foods can be enjoyed. It just takes a bit of effort & diligence.
Aside from the not really allergen free thing, there are the recipes themselves. I read through this whole book & found many situations where the recipe didn't provide enough information or didn't make sense. For example if you have a food in it's whole form, how do you put it into the crock pot? Do you put it in whole or do you chop it, slice it or dice it? To be fair not all of the recipes leave important information out, but still, a little more time & care should have went into this before pushing it out for publication.
The bottom line is this. If you have no existing food allergies or intolerance's, are already experienced in preparing your own foods & knowledgeable in how to utilize your slow cooker, you can probably make these recipes work for you. My suggestion is if you are interested in this book, see if your library has it or is willing to order it for you. Check it out, make some recipes. If you like it, by all means, purchase it.
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