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'The Chef And The Slow Cooker': An Old Technology That's Newly Relevant

Chef Hugh Acheson's new book contains more than 100 recipes for the workhorse kitchen tool of convenience. He says this old standby "really is a gateway to cooking from scratch again."
Chef Hugh Acheson has a new book on slow cooking that he hopes will help get people cooking from scratch again. / Bennett Raglin / Getty Images

Hugh Acheson's new book, The Chef and The Slow Cooker, doesn't show much cooking. Instead it shows the Top Chef judge reading in a lawn chair, taking a hot bath or playing the cello (even though he admits he's "about as musically inclined as a rock.") It's about what you can cook while you do something else – even if that something else takes hours.

That's because the acclaimed Canadian-born Southern chef is taking a good, hard look at that

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