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Busy People's Slow Cooker Cookbook Hardcover-spiral – June 11, 2003

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About the Author

Dawn Hall self-published her first cookbook when she needed to raise money to pay for her late husband's cancer treatment. Since then she has more than 1 million copies of her cookbooks in print. Her books contain simple, great-tasting dishes for busy people who like to eat real, everyday food. Her books also help to motivate and inspire healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 11, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401601073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401601072
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lisa Manske on August 2, 2004
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This book does live up to its name. If you are truly busy and want recipes that you can just throw into your slow-cooker, this cookbook does provide that. After my daughter was born, I wanted main dish recipes that would allow me to spend a minimum of time in the kitchen but still have something good for dinner.

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.
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By A Customer on July 6, 2004
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I was sooo excited when I got this book. I was really getting into cooking with my slow cooker, as I'm a busy mom, but wanted something more than stews and one-pot meals. When I got this cookbook I read it cover to cover and went out and spent probably $100 on ingredients to make a bunch of the recipes.
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.
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By A Customer on November 21, 2003
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I am very disappointed with this book. Practically every recipe in it calls for preprepared/processed items (pre-pak mixes, cans of condensed soup, seasoning mixes, frozen veggies, Butter Buds, etc.).To me, this is not about cooking. I do realize the point of having a slow cooker is to have convenience and ease, but a few minutes of preparation using whole foods and one's own spices and ingredients at least provides for some of the satisfaction of cooking a meal. A slow cooker is truly fab when one takes a few minutes to prepare what is going to be cooked as opposed to just dumping in a few pre-pak items. I for one, do not find it rewarding to take so many shortcuts. I am sure this book is wonderful for many, but not for those who truly enjoy cooking!
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I bought this book looking for a quick and easy crock pot cookbook. And it is! All of the ingredients are very easy to find at your local supermarket. The recipes have virtually no prep time because a lot of the ingredients are pre-packaged, pre-cut, etc. So, if you enjoy "true" cooking, i.e. preparation and "from scratch" ingredients, this may not be the book for you. It is the book for busy people who want to enjoy the smells and flavors that a crock pot dish can create. I've tried several recipes in this book and have been satisfied with about half. Some are excellent (Beef Roast Excellente and Chunky Chili come to mind) and some are not good. The "not goods" don't taste bad, per se, but they are very bland (Chicken and Dumpling Casserole). Perhaps they could be made better with some experiments with different spices. Being a beginning chef, I did find this book pretty useful.
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