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Beth Hensperger’s career as a prolific food writer and educator began when she was chosen as the guest cooking instructor for the March 1985 issue of Bon Appétit. She has gone on to author more than twenty cookbooks, including the best-selling ”Not Your Mother’s ®” series. She is also the author of The Bread Bible, winner of a James Beard Book Award, and has been nominated twice for an IACP Cookbook Award.
Hensperger writes a food column, ”Baking with the Seasons,” for the San Jose Mercury News (which was nominated for a James Beard Award in newspaper journalism). She is a contributor to dozens of national and online cooking and lifestyle magazines, such as Food and Wine, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Prevention, Veggie Life, Working Woman, Family Circle, and Cooking.com, as well as being a sought-after radio interviewee speaking on cooking, baking, and entertaining.
An East Coast transplant who now considers herself a true Californian, Hensperger lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
Julie Kaufmann, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has lived in California since 1979. She is the food editor of the San Jose Mercury News, which has twice been nominated for a James Beard Award in newspaper journalism.
Before becoming the food editor, she wrote “Kids in the Kitchen,” a twice-monthly food column for kids, and worked on West, which was the paper’s Sunday magazine. She spent a decade on the paper’s business section prior to her roles with the food section. Kaufmann is an avid home cook who has co-authored several books with Beth Hensperger.
She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and two children.
You probably own a slow cooker—80 percent of American households do. For more than thirty years, its unbeatable convenience and practicality have made it a staple of busy families, enabling anyone to return to a home-cooked meal at the end of a hectic day. Many slow cooker recipes, however, have relied on less-than-healthy convenience products.
Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann’s Not Your Mother’s® Slow Cooker Cookbook has taken a completely fresh look at cooking with this popular appliance. This application of more than a hundred recipes selected from their cookbook brings slow cooking with the fresh, wholesome ingredients and exciting flavors of today’s kitchen to the younger consumer wanting a cooking experience delivering great results based on the functions, convenience and fun they come to expect from electronic media.
For days when there’s just no time for prep, there’s Orange and Honey Chicken Drumsticks or Country Ribs with Onions, Apples, and Sauerkraut. For (slightly!) less hectic days there’s Tangy Tomato Brisket or Lentil and Red Pepper Soup.
Stay out of the kitchen when guests arrive with Duck Breasts with Port Wine Sauce or wake up to breakfast with Hot Apple Granola Oatmeal. Hensperger and Kaufmann offer dishes for every time frame, without compromising on taste, quality, or variety. And Not Your Mother’s® Slow Cooker Recipes showcases the best of home cooking while taking advantage of a global melting pot of flavors—so cooks can serve Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya one day and Japanese Beef Curry Rice another. All the classic slow cooker recipes are here, plus many more adventuresome and innovative dishes.
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