Giveaway: Slow Cook Modern by Liana Krissoff

These days, electric pressure cookers are the hot culinary appliance. And while I love the ability to cook and braise quickly, slow cookers will forever be at the top of my kitchen helper hit parade (as I type this, I have two running in my kitchen).

Happily Liana Krissoff, one of my favorite cookbook authors, is also a devoted slow cooker fan. Her brand new book, Slow Cook Modern, is the most useful and practical take on making dinner in the slow cooker that I’ve ever seen. It’s also a ridiculously beautiful book.

There are a lot of things that are brilliant about this book. First is the fact that all the slow cooker recipes are designed to cook for 8 hours. That means, you can set up your slow cooker in the morning, go to work, and actually come home to a meal (if you have a long commute time, make sure to use a slow cooker that will switch to ‘Keep Warm’ after a pre-programmed amount of time). So many slow cooker recipes are written to cook for 3-4 hours, which is not at all useful for people who work outside their homes.

The second thing that’s really inspired about this book is that every soup, stew, braise, and roast comes paired with a side recipe, as well as suggestions for other sides in the book that would go nicely with that dish. These sides are worth the price of admission alone.

All the recipes are organized by what you need to do the in the morning and what you’ll do just before serving. There are pages with ideas for what to do with leftovers. There are a handful of recipes for slow cooker stock. There’s a chili base that I want to make this week. There’s even a recipe for slow cooker quark that I’ll be sharing on Friday! So much goodness!

I feel like this is a book that I could spend the next couple years work through and exploring. I can’t wait to dig in (and the two eggplants in my fridge mean that the Eggplant Tian on page 28 will be happening this week).

Thanks to the lovely folks at Abrams, I have a copy of this brilliant book to giveaway this week. Let’s do this one the old school method.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share your favorite slow cooker dish.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Winners will be chosen at random and this post will be updated with the winner.
  3. Giveaway open to United States and Canadian residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

This giveaway is now closed. The winner is #66/MaryKay Lawrence. Congratulations MaryKay!

Disclosure: Abrams provided both review and giveaway copies at no cost to me. No additional compensation was provided. 

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107 responses to “Giveaway: Slow Cook Modern by Liana Krissoff”

  1. Chiles rellenos. It’s a recipe from an old slow-cooker cookbook that requires 2 blocks of cheese! Creates a cheesy, peppery souffle that really should only be consumed once a year. But tasty!

  2. Believe it or not, my favorite thing to cook overnight in the slow cooker is hot cereal. I use a pint jar to hold steel cut oats, or grits or Bob’s Seven grain. I mix 1/4 cup of cereal with milk, water and a dash of salt and set it in 3-4 inches of water with a dollop of vinegar (prevents hard water scale) overnight on low.

  3. I’ve only ever used mine to cook steel cut oats and other porridge things overnight for breakfast. I haven’t really found any slow cooker cook books for the kind of food I eat, so this book would be a great intro!

  4. Chile Verde Pork is my fave to make. I want to try making a plum butter in a crock pot though, I’ve heard it makes the process easier.

  5. Although I live alone I still love my slow cooker because I cook for loved ones often. I also use it to make fruit butters and bacon jam. I love coming home to the wonderful aroma of dinner. This cookbook sounds like a dream.❤

  6. I’m still working on a favorite.

    I’m trying to develop my own version of chili. Yes, that elusive chili.

    Although I guess technically not classic chili as mine has beans in it because I *like* beans. But I waffle between beef chunks, ground beef and a combination of beef and pork. Also what kinds of beans. I’ve done as few as one and as many as four different kinds.

    Why do this? Well, I can’t tolerate the “heat” any more, plus store bought chili has a lot of sodium. So to control both the sodium and the amount and type of peppers, I am working on making my own.

    And I’ve found a slow cooker is best for this.

    I’ve also done a family lentil soup recipe in the slow cooker more than once.

    Oh, and I’m still working on perfecting pulled pork but it’s not nearly as close to perfected as the chili. I will say this. Don’t do the pulled pork that requires soda like Coke or Root Beer. It’s awful.

  7. Big batches of seasoned, shredded chicken that I can freeze for use later in recipes like chicken burritos and enchiladas, chicken salad, chicken stew, BBQ chicken sandwiches, etc. Also like to do overnight breakfast casseroles with sausage and eggs. It’s great to wake up to a hot and hearty meal!

  8. Does a natural dye recipe count? 1:1 ratio of yarn to jewel weed fronds is my favorite ?
    That’s really all I’ve used my ancient slow cooker for but this book might inspire me to get a new food safe pot now, especially to make quark (just got the Classic German Baking book, filled with recipes using quark),

  9. Any kind of roast or chicken that is going to be shredded. This book sounds amazing, especially the longer cooking recipes! And, I had to google quark 😉

  10. I have actually never used a slow cooker, but would love to experiment with the one my husband had when we got married. This would be a great kick in the pants to start!

  11. I do a thai chicken thigh recipe – it’s one I do and then freeze as it’s big batch and my hubby and I are empty-nesters now. But still love it. Hope I win – as a busy teacher I need a 8 hour cook time!

  12. Just made a delicious and scrumptious beef daube provencal in my slow cooker this week. The beef was so tender and juicy… oh my gosh so good. I also made some chunky vegetarian chili in my slow cooker this week. I love using my slow cooker. It is my favorite thing to use in the kitchen. So easy peasy!

  13. I will return to my teaching job next week and I will appreciate my slow cooker helping me out with meal preparation. I make lots of soups in my slow cooker. I especially like to make white chicken chili.

  14. The Liana Krissoff/Rinne Allen partnership has to be one of the most under-appreciated things in the food world these days. Their books are just so perfect – accessible, creative, practical, beautiful. I just love them and wish they would get a little more attention!

  15. I’d love to have more ideas about what to cook with a slow cooker. This book looks lovely. Mostly I use mine for pot roast – very good comfort food on a winter day.

  16. I have never used a slow cooker, but my husband likes them and wants to get one. Maybe this would be a reason to get me in gear?

  17. One of my favorite slow-cooker items is kielbasa in a ketchup (or BBQ sauce) and jelly sauce. It’s always a hit at parties, and it’s the easiest thing ever to make.

  18. I eat a lot of legumes during the work week and the easiest way to make perfectly cooked beans is to cook them in the crock pot. I love that I can forget about them and then eat them in different dishes through out the week.

  19. My favorite slow-cooker meal is something our family calls “Lumberjack” and we served it at our restaurant. It’s basically a roast cooked in a mushroom and onion gravy until it pulls apart. We like it on buns or baked potatoes.
    Now that I’m vegetarian, I’m still searching for the perfect black bean slow-cooker recipe.

    • When I was a kid, we called this ‘roots’ because the way the eat pulled apart looked like roots to us! yummy and still a favorite

  20. I love the slow cooker for doing fruit butters (apple, peach and pumpkin), but also for chili!
    My top slow cooker dish has to be pulled pork though.

  21. I just made a broccoli beef dish that my family all enjoyed quite a lot! and I agree with you, I always will prefer a slow cooker over a pressure cooker any day!

  22. I love Liana’s books! Her first cookbook got me started with canning. I use my slow cooker at least 3 times per week. I love the pork carnitas recipe from Skinnytaste.

  23. Hands down it’s a tomatillo chicken taco recipe in a slow cooker book from America’s Test Kitchen. Freezes beautifully and makes such a good weeknight meal. I always have some on hand.

  24. Pulled pork. I know low temp grilling or smoking is authentic, but the slow cooker makes it just as tender and it’s so easy.

  25. I love making soups, stews, and roasts in my slow cooker. My current favorite is a “Greek” pulled pork that feeds us all week! I’d love more recipes like that one.

  26. Pinto beans. There is nothing like the taste and smell of freshly cooked pinto beans to take me back home, except maybe homemade flour tortillas… I have a 1980s Rival crock pot that I received as a wedding gift. It outlasted that marriage and has survived five moves, making its way with me from New Mexico to New England. The glass lid has a chip in the side that I sanded smooth and now makes a perfect venting hole for my beans. And for apple butter.
    Thank you for the offer and for such a thorough review of the cookbook 🙂

  27. I love to use my slow cooker to make carnitas. Sometimes I use venison rather than pork– equally delicious. I invite friends over and have a taco party.
    I see some recipes in posts that I would love to try!

    Liana’s Canning for a New Generation has become my go to resource for canning! Easy, delicious and creative! Charred tomato and chili Salsa—YUM! I give jars as gifts.

  28. I love our beef, tempeh and black bean chili, but the thing we make most often is stock. So nice to use up veggie scraps and put those bones to use. Thanks for the chance.

  29. Like you, the slow cooker is my favorite small kitchen appliance. My family’s favorite dish made in a slow cooker is beef stew. But I recently started using it for fruit butters and I can’t get enough of them!

  30. Beans!! Can’t call ’em ‘baked’ beans but that’s what they essentially are. Never crusty and overcooked, just almost soft and sweet. But soup…. any kind is always brilliantly easy in the slow cooker too.

  31. My absolute favorite use for my large slow cooker is to cook dried beans in bulk. I divide the cooked beans into freezer containers and have beans ready made when I need them. I use the small slow cooker for overnight steel cut oats. As for main courses, I just made a tamari glazed chicken dish that most of my family actually ate.

  32. Favorite dish? Don’t really have a favorite single one because the crock is my go-to for most dinners. Especially like it for pot roast, soups, bean dishes, and for making fruit butters.

    Also have one dedicated to soap making.

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