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Busy People's Slow Cooker Cookbook Hardcover-spiral – June 11, 2003
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1) God can do far greater things through you than you have ever thought of, dreamed of, or imagined if you allow God and His will to be #1 in your life;
2) Thankfulness is an attitude you choose to have;
3) God still does miracles;
4) All things are possible - even what appears to be the impossible is possible;
5) Keep your eyes totally focused on God lest you become overwhelmed and depressed.
Sit back, laugh and relax while reading this amazing and true story behind the success of award winning author and inspirational speaker, Dawn Hall. With humor, energy and insight she shares her most intimate and personal details of how she triumphed over such tragedies as her husband's brain cancer, two house fires, financial bondage, depression, fighting the government, and the loss of her loving 38 year old husband. "I am an ordinary woman whom God has done extraordinary things through, far greater than I have ever hoped of, dreamed of or imagined! If God can do it through me, He can do it through you, too!"
Without knowing how to type, use a computer or anything about publishing Dawn Hall sold over 650,000 of her self-published cookbooks and won three national awards including 1996, 1998 Best Cookbooks of the Year award by North American Book Dealers exchange, 2000 Pinnacle award. Her amazing story of triumphing over tragedies such as cancer, financial bondage, two house fires and her young husband's death is proof that God is still doing miracles. Her faith, and persistence not to give up trying, is a source of hope, strength and encouragement to anyone who has ever felt down, discouraged, in financial bondage or has been fighting cancer and struggling in life.
Top Customer Reviews
I ordered this book but was surprised by some of the ingredients. While most of the recipes are quite low in fat, they're not very healthy, at least not by my standards. Several recipes call for "fat-free non-dairy refrigerated creamer" as a thickener. The very idea of putting non-dairy creamer into a main dish repulsed me. Condensed soups, the juice from a pickle jar, and bottled salad dressings are other ingredients used for flavor. The recipe using pickle juice was also just too much for me! I passed that one up.
The author seemed to work hard to make recipes that were low in fat but ended up with a lot of processed ingredients. Personally, I'd rather have more natural ingredients, even if they add some fat. Some of the recipes didn't taste homemade--they tasted like they came from a box--hamburger helper style--because of all the processed ingredients. I was really disappointed to serve a home-cooked meal that tasted like it came out of a box. Some recipes weren't really recipes, in my opinion. Chicken cooked in salad dressing, pork cooked in bottled BBQ sauce--you get the idea. If you're new to cooking, however, these ideas may be new to you and you may find them helpful. The author also has a fabulous way to cook vegetables at the same time as your main dish--so you can truly have your whole meal finished in the slow cooker.
I give the book 4 stars because it lives up to its name--it is great for busy people--and it doesn't claim to be healthy. If you don't mind processed ingredients, you may love this book. If you want more of a natural, whole-foods approach, this isn't the book for you.
Let me interject that I consider myself a good cook -- I am a stay-at-home-mom and take pride in having home-cooked meals every single night. After studying the book I was disappointed to see so many preprepared ingredients and frozen vegetables, but I realize it's a "Busy People's" book and she's trying to save time.
However, keeping that thought in mind, I was surprised to see many recipes that had cooking times from one to five hours. If people are "busy", aren't they likely at work for eight to ten hours (including commute time)?
Also, many of the dishes have the same ingredients with just an ingredient or so different. Perhaps they should have been listed as an alternative rather than a totally separate "recipe" that seemed just to pad the book. Also, many many of the recipes use cream soups which have dairy that one of my daughters is allergic to, so those are out... cream of mushroom soup is used a ton and my husband hates mushrooms, so those are out. Since so many of the recipes are so similar and have an ingredient my family doesn't like, we're out of luck on a good portion of the book. I may have to make my own dairy-free "cream" of chicken soup stock and try using that.
But even with all those problems with the book, I was really excited to get cooking.
So far I've been disappointed with every single thing I've cooked from this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
using this book every day and my daughter uses it too a must havePublished 9 months ago by Sheila Chandler
Well what do these stars represent? good-- bad or WHAT? you need to make each star what it represents. I really do like it well enough I order two more for my friends.Published on December 30, 2013 by Gennie Gomer
This is an amazing cookbook. It was a gift several years ago and sat in my cookbook cabinet without ever being opened. Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by C.I.A.
I enoy her cookbooks because I can find the ingredients in my local stores and they make sense as well as taste great.Published on July 2, 2013 by cousin granny
I've been using this cookbook for several years, and my fiance and I really enjoy it. All of the recipes are extremely easy to prepare (I'm not much of a cook) and are reasonably... Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Aaron Morris