I am a slow cooker newbie. So far, I've had one stunning success (a beef stew) and one abject failure (a chicken curry). I'd like to increase my success rate but I'm not quite sure how/where to start.
as a cookbook, not really, but you can easily do a search here on food52 for slow cooker recipes, there are allot
Art of the Slow Cooker from Chronicle Books is worth adding to your collection.
I personally tried and don't like "slow cookers". I would much rather use a Dutch oven and braise something. I did acquire at least three "slow cooker" cookbooks and found them to be more gimmick than substance.
Are you referring to the slow cooker Fix It n' Forget series? I love the slow cooker; they have come along way (ceramic insery for browning meats, temperature, precise timing, etc.) and recipes and cookbooks that use real ingredients -no canned soups or processed mixes. I use my dutch oven (usually on the weekends), but they great to make beef stews, stock/broth, short ribs, brisket, pork butt, ragus, tomato sauce, etc. Low on electricity and wonderful when you want home-made food but dont have the time.
There have been many new books for slow cookers lately, and much has been published on blogs. I would go to a good book store and page through a number, or go to a library and take some of them home. You should be guided by your taste and preferences. Here's one that I've seen a few recipes for, if you like Indian food (and this isn't for basic cooking, but the techniques will be the same). --
"America's Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution" is an amazing book, that is easy to use and extremely delicious.
I own these slow cooker cookbooks and recommend:
Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook (NYM Series) by Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann
The Gourmet Slow Cooker: Simple and Sophisticated Meals from Around the World by Lynn Alley
Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Slow Cooking: Recipes and Techniques for Delicious Slow-Cooked Meals
Also agree with the Art of the Slow Cooker & ATC's Slow Cooker Revolution
Williams-Sonoma website offers tons of recipes on their website, including tips, videos and techniques.
These are great. Thank you!
Another vote for Slow Cooker Revolution by America's Test Kitchen.
The Italian Slow Cooker by Michele Scicolone is my favorite.