Whether you’re newly obsessed with slow cookers or a decades-old devotee, you’re going to love The Chef and the Slow CookerJames Beard Award-winning chef Hugh Acheson’s new book is devoted to the ultimate kitchen appliance, which is having a major culinary renaissance. An essential primer and master class all in one, this delightfully retro-themed tome is packed with information, charts, stories, recipes and more. But let’s talk aboutThe Chef and the Slow Cooker endpapers — the inside covers of the books.

The moment you open the book, you’re greeted with beautiful, intricate watercolor illustrations that show the vast range of slow cookers throughout their history. Get to know these kitchen magicians from the tried-and-true “set it and forget it” crockpot to the uber-trendy Instant Pot and everything in between.

the chef and the slow cooker