Kitchen: Slow Cooking For Fast Times

Product: The Crock-Pot How It Started: Introduced in the 1970s, now in the midst of a revival Judgment: A healthy alternative to microwave ovens

The word crock-pot may conjure bad memories of mystery stews, but slow cookers are back. Embraced by busy people and sophisticated chefs, slow cooking has grown about 6% in each of the past five years. The Fix-It and Forget It Cookbook, a tome of slow-cooker recipes, has been on best-seller lists for six months. And sales of conical, clay Moroccan pots called tagines, left, are up. Behind the Crock-Pot's popularity: groovy new models (Michael Graves designed one...

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