Generally a forgotten appliance that gets unearthed only for chili on Super Bowl Sunday, Author Lynn Alley is trying to get Americans to remember the handiness of their slow cookers, but with a healthy twist. Her book, THE GOURMET VEGETARIAN SLOW COOKER is a colorful collection of unbelievably simple recipes from favorite global cuisines. Most of the recipes require six to seven hours of slow simmering—perfect for coming home to a hot and healthy dinner after a long day’s work. Risotto becomes effortless, Indian curries blend, and hearty Japanese braised tofu offers a great meal without the cholesterol concerns of, say, ribs or steak. Alley even includes a few dessert recipes, as a slow cooker makes flawless puddings and custards. THE GOURMET VEGETARIAN SLOW COOKER is available in stores or online from Ten Speed Press.