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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you love your crock pot as much as I do, or want to learn how to use a crock pot, you want to grab this book. Starting with the basics, the author walks you through the art of slow cooking. There's a section that lists the basic staples for crock pot cooking, health tips as well as tips on picking the right slow cooker for you.

The thing I love most about this book are the simple recipes. The ingredients are items I keep in my pantry for the most part so there's no hunting in the aisles for essence of muskrat or something bizarre like that. One thing I noticed in the cookbook that I hadn't thought of trying is baked desserts. You can bet I'll be trying a few of those recipes.

Recommended for beginning to moderate slow cooker chefs.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a free review copy of C Elias' book, The Best Slow Cooker Recipes & Meals Cookbook

I love this book! It was extremely well organized into intuitive, easy-to-navigate sections. The directions are easy to follow. Well written.

My favorite quality of this book was the wide array of recipes that were included. There's a recipe that will work for any point in time, no matter what's in my refrigerator and pantry! There were lots of vegetarian-friendly slow cooker recipes and even a bunch of dessert recipes. I never thought to make desserts in a slow cooker! Genius! I can't wait to try those!

I definitely recommend!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
The recipes include chicken, beef, fish, and even some desserts. The ingredients too are those that you're likely to be familiar with. Some of the recipes, too, are spins on comfortable tried-and-true recipes like chicken soup, arroz con pollo (chicken and rice), chili, pot roast, and beef stew. The other dishes cover a wide variety of flavors from barbecue to Greek, Mexican, Italian, and even Indian. Of course, being the health-wise cookbook author that she is, Elias includes a nicely sized section on vegetarian slow cooker recipes which had my mouth watering. The best part about the vegetarian section is that these look like actual meals instead of something better suited for a side dish. The time investment required for these recipes varies with some meant for quick preparation and others requiring a bit more preparation time. None of the recipes are complicated and can easily be followed by someone who has no idea how to use a slow cooker (and is learning how to do so from this book). At the very end, there are even some extra recipes like macaroni and cheese, banana bread, and applesauce. I didn't even know a person could make those kinds of things in a slow cooker.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
What a fantastic cookbook! I love that it was devoted solely to nothing but crockpot meals! From breakfast to late night snacks! Down here in San Antonio, TX it is just far too hot in the summer to use an oven. Wanting healthy foods.. we use our crockpot nearly every evening starting the beginning of May until sometime in October! As you can guess.. there are only so many "roasts" and stews one can eat without becoming bored with the same meal over and over. This little gem of a cookbook.. has so much variety! It introduced some recipes.. that I personally never would have thought of cooking in a crockpot before I read the recipe.. and realized.. DUH! Of course, it would work! We've even used our crockpot to make a crockpot version of fried chicken. And, YES.. yes, you can!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
C Elias has added a new dimension to her expertise on helping us to assuage the problem of consuming food that instead of enhancing our well-being, expands our waistline. While many people see eating healthy foods and meals is costly and time consuming and just too much bother when fast foods are readily available in market freezers or in the driver-thru chains, the way Elias goes about informing us of better alternatives is so down to earth honest and straightforward that it is difficult not to collect all her fine books.

This book is not only a solid winner as far as how it is put together - it also happens to contain some of the most delicious variations on slow pot cooking you'll find. To begin, she discusses the advantages of the slow cooker (yes, that is the generic name for those appliances that most of us call Crock Pots!): some are obvious, such as the fact that they save energy of the sort that runs our house as well as the sort that fuels our bodies, that nutritious, healthy and varying meals can be easily assembled in that morning and provide full course meals hot and ready to serve at the end of the day's work. Elias offers tips for using the slow cooker, how to shop for one, the ingredients most suitable for creating meals, planning meals around what your slow cooker can produce, and then come the RECIPES!

There is a section on Slow Cooker Chicken (Sweet Chick Squash, Mediterranean Style Chicken etc), Slow Cooker beans (various soups, Chick and Baked Beans, Black Eyed Pea Stew, etc), Slow Cooker Beef (All Day Beef Stew, Spicy Pepper Fajitas, Carrot, Potato and Beef Pot Roast, Spiced Beef and Cabbage Casserole, etc), Slow Cooker Vegetables (Quick-Prep Seasoned Caponata, Slow-Cooked Artichoke Dish, Veggie Lover's Curry and Veggie Lover's Pasta, etc), Slow Cooker Miscellaneous (get ready for Slow Cooker Banana Bread, Slow Cooker Swiss Fondue, Granola and Apple Cinnamon Casserole, etc), Slow Cooker Fish (try the Orange-Lemon Seasoned Fish), and Slow Cooker Deserts (Classic Cranapple Crisp, Honey and Apple Cinnamon Granola Cobbler, etc).

Elias' recipes are excellent in the way they align ingredients with what is best or feasible for the Slow Cooker and her directions for preparation are excellent. Give this a try and keep it around the kitchen for wholesome, fast, and delicious meals. Grady Harp, January 13
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
This cookbook is all about opening canned foods (beans and vegetables), using condensed soups, store bought sauces, packets of seasoning mixes (taco seasoning, Italian dressing mix packets, etc). Healthy to me is not using pre-packaged foods with chemicals and stabilizers in them. I also don't think home made means I opened the can or tore open the packaged mix myself. I thought healthy and home made would have real, fresh food that I would cut up and cook in a crock pot. Very misleading title in my opinion. It will be deleted from my Kindle.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon September 30, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Author C. Elias has written a slow cooker cookbook that tells about how to select a slow cooker, tips for using the slow cooker and the advantages of using one to cook daily meals. In the author's cookbook The Best Slow Cooker Recipes & Meals cookbook you will find some of the following recipes:

Turkey with Cranberry & Apple
Country Captain Chicken Breasts
Greek Style Chicken
Local Chicken

There is an active table of contents making navigation easy.

Recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2013
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
There are some great recipes in this book but I think I have become spoiled. In this digital age, it is almost inexcusable to not include photographs. There is a great photo on the cover so why not some inside? This bitch aside the book has some terrific recipes that I plan to enjoy. The beginning even helps you plan on what type of slow cooker to get. Pick your cooker, recipe and get set to enjoy some delicious meals.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Didn't anyone ever tell the author, Ms. Elias, that one cannot simply copy a recipe and change the title of it? Or did she buy the master resale rights? IMO, buy the master resale rights version of "470 Crock Pot Recipes" (currently only 42 cents) at [...]. You can get all the original typos there, minus some of Ms. Elias'. Also, you can get the "dirty pork" recipes that Ms. Elias left out, plus about 250 more. In my opinion, the author could have given clearer instructions for cooking with a slow cooker at the beginning of the book. BTW, there are at least two other "authors" with an ebook of "470 Crock Pot Recipes." Sad, isn't it?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2014
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
The authors, editors and publishers of this "cookbook" should be ashamed. This isn't a cookbook at all, at least not for 90% of the recipes. One recipe, early in the book, has no portion sizes, favoring the use of "pieces" as a measurement (eg "pieces of chicken, 1 piece onion, chopped, 1 piece green pepper chopped). Sure you can translate these into 1 onion or 1 green pepper, but what does pieces of chicken mean? How much chicken, which cut, how should the be prepared. More often than any cookbook should, this book seems to be a list of ingredients taken from dishes without any knowledge or understanding of amounts and preparation techniques. It's like the author went out to dinner and just by looking and tasting figured out what was in the dish, but had no clue how much or how it was prepared. Taking that information and presenting it as a recipe is ridiculous.

Only one picture in the entire book, the cover. That's it. In a modern era of publishing and the recognition of cuisine as both gustatory and visual, this book is nothing more than a fraudulent attempt to take people's money. You may find a good recipe or two in the book. I know from cooking a few that they are in there, but why buy a book with pages upon pages of crap just to get one good recipe? There are plenty of astounding slow-cooker cookbooks out there that have phenomenal recipes and even the bad ones are well written, easy to follow and adhere to some level of standards as to what a recipe must have to be translated into a dish.

Leave this book on the shelf and find a better avenue for your cooking efforts.
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