The slow cooker is one of my most treasured kitchen items. It is how I survive the chaos of living with three adorable, but very busy boys.
A few years ago, I discovered Stephanie O’Dea’s blog A Year of Slow Cooking. O’Dea pledged to make something in her slow cooker every day for an entire year. When I first started reading her blog, I thought “This would make a great cookbook!”
And of course, I was right. Her Make It Fast, Cook It Slow cookbook is one of my very favorites.
O’Dea has now created a second cookbook,More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow, and I love it even more than I love her first book.
The recipes and ingredients are simple, yet the flavors complex. And like her first book, she shares time-saving strategies to make slow cooking even easier. O’Dea also shares how her family responded to many of the recipes – something those of us with picky eaters will appreciate.
There are 200 budget-friendly recipes covering breakfasts, beverages, appetizers, soups and stews, beans, side dishers, vegetarian main courses, poultry, beef and pork, and desserts. She also has a chapter that covers basic staples (such as baby food, broth, dry beans, and even yogurt) that you can make in your slow cooker to stretch your budget.
All of the recipes in this cookbook are gluten-free, which is great for those who are allergic or have an intolerance to gluten.
The book is divided into three main sections: $7 and under, $10 and under, and $15 and under. Each of these sections is then further broken down by type. If you’re solely concerned about how much a meal costs to make, this is useful, but I personally found it cumbersome to find the exact recipes I was looking for. There is a good index in the back that helps.
Most of these meals are one-pot meals that serve a large quantity of people, so don’t let those prices deter you. O’Dea is also from the San Francisco Bay area, which means her estimates may be higher than other parts of the country.
We’ve made a few of the recipes already like Taco Lasagna and Honey Garlic Chicken, and they were big hits with my family. I’m anxious to try more of them: Perhaps Chocolate Pot de Créme with Ganache or Herb Roasted Chicken with Summer Tomatoes.
If you love your slow cooker, I highly recommend adding More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow to your cookbook collection. O’Dea teaches you that the slow cooker has so much more potential than just soups and cream of mushroom whatever. Her creativity in the kitchen will make you want to use your slow cooker more often.
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Woo hoo! I know what I’m getting myself for my birthday (with Swagbucks on Amazon, of course)! The first book is my slow-cooker bible, and had me seriously considering buying a second (larger) crockpot. If you haven’t tried the honey-cinnamon glazed carrots from the original book, go try them. They’re amazing.
Christina @ Northern Cheapskate says
They are both fabulous cookbooks!
And I know what you mean about buying another crockpot…. I would love a programmable one, but just don’t think I have the storage space for another one!
I must have a dozen slow cooker books and I have to agree that O’dea’s first book is great; I’ve been using a slow cooker since before it was the trendy thing to do. I really like the layout of the book compared to many others and you’re right, most of the recipes are not only simple but budget-friendly, too.
Is this when I get to confess that I have so many slow cookers I can’t count ’em? No, not that bad, I have a 4-quart I use most of the time, when I have company I use a 5-qt, and when my large family visits, the 7 quart comes out. And I have 1 and 2-quart ones as well. Yes, I love slow cooking!
I didn’t even know this book was out so THANK YOU! I’ll be checking it out soon.