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More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: 200 Brand-New, Budget-Friendly, Slow-Cooker Recipes Paperback – Bargain Price, December 28, 2010
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O'Dea likes shortcuts. A LOT. Her websites and books have reached more than 20 million people from all over the world.
She shared her number one cooking shortcut in 2008 when she made a New Year's Resolution to use her Crock-Pot slow cooker everyday for a year and write about it on the Internet.
Her award-winning blog resulted in three cookbooks: 365 Slow Cooker Suppers, Make it Fast, Cook it Slow and More Make it Fast, Cook it Slow. Due to a family allergy, all of the recipes happen to be completely gluten free.
O'Dea compiled her housekeeping, parenting, and meal planning shortcuts in Totally Together: Shortcuts to an Organized Life.
In this book/organizational guide, O'Dea tackles how to organize a busy household so anyone can have a "tidy and tranquil home in just minutes a day". The format for this book is a weekly planner (with checklists!) that can begin anytime during the calendar year.
In The Mommy Blogger Next Door (e-series), O'Dea's conversational style is warm and welcoming as she shares her own blogging success story along with helpful and practical how-tos for the beginning blogger.
Stephanie has appeared on Good Morning America, The Rachael Ray Show, featured in Real Simple Magazine, Woman's World, and Oprah.com. She is a contributing editor to Simply Gluten Free Magazine and is featured in the infomercial for the Ninja Cooking System. For a more comprehensive press listing, please visit her online home at stephanieodea.com.
Top Customer Reviews
The minute I opened this book, I knew I found a cookbook I'll really use.
The recipes are inexpensive to make, and they feature easy, simple ingredients. These are my kind of recipes . . . and since they are also slow cooker recipes, they're also super easy to make.
Of course, since I must eat gluten-free, having each recipe gluten-friendly is a plus, too. However, these recipes can easily be enjoyed by anyone, whether they eat gluten-free or not.
Be sure to read the introduction. Stephanie gives lots of tips there, including a section on how to best use your slow-cooker.
Each recipe has a "verdict" at the end, so you can learn more about how Stephanie, her friends and family felt about the recipe.
I enjoyed the chapter that features "staple" food recipes -- everything from baby food to yogurt. Here is a tip from me on the yogurt starter: Buy a plain yogurt that has no stabilizers added -- works better. Fage Greek Yogurt works particularly well.
Not all the recipes are for me, which is true for ANY cookbook. A few of the recipes contain foods I do not or cannot eat, although with most of them, I can adapt them to make them work for me. Nice.
This is the first cookbook I've purchased since going gluten-free where I not only want to -- but probably really WILL try a majority of the recipes in the book.
I would love a third cookbook from her with low-fat recipes for the slow cooker!
We live a busy life - especially in the afternoons - and I really feel that slow cooking is the way to go. Have the meal ready when we get done running around for afternoon kid activities. But having a meal ready that no one likes doesn't solve my problem. So I will be trying a different slow cooker book.
So far I have made 3 recipes out of the book and they have turned out well. I have about 10 more queued up for parties or events in the near future.
The recipes are easy enough for cooking novices but they make tasty and interesting food. I am a decent cook in my own right but it is simple to tweak Stephanie's recipes to personal tastes with no issue (she often gives suggestions as well) and when I am suffering from a creativity block I know I can trust to follow the recipe verbatim with good results.
I love that most of the ingredients aren't highly processed foods (condensed soup for instance). I originally didn't like the "verdict" sections of each recipe but now that I have used a few I am really glad they are included. They give slightly more intimate details about each dish that the ingredients and instructions leave out.
I have already recommended this book to several friends and purchased one as a gift.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter recommended this cook book and it really has some great and easy recipes. MMMMMgood just in time for cooler weather. Love my slow cooker. Elaine in TEXAS!Published 2 months ago by E. McDowell
Love this cookbook. Full of great recipes that are not all your usual slow cooker meals. Lots of new and innovative ideas. Read morePublished 6 months ago by C. Morris-Robinson
I didn't find anything I wanted to try when leafing through this book and also the other Make It Fast, Cook It Slow cookbook. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nobody
Great book with quick recipes and ideas. Her other books are wonderful.Published 11 months ago by Karen H.