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About the Author

Stephanie O'Dea is the founder of the hugely popular slow cooking website, crockpot365.blogspot.com, and author of Make it Fast, Cook It Slow. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401310389
  • ASIN: B0052HKU2E
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,280,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stephanie O'Dea is a New York Times best selling author, award-winning blogger, and a mom of three.

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.

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By MPigs on January 24, 2011
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I was such a huge fan of Stephanie's blog and I absolutely love her first cookbook. However, when I received this sequel, I was really disappointed. I feel like the content is very skimpy and repetitive. The first book was packed with a huge quantity and variety of recipes -- this book feels really slim and as though it was sort of a stretch to put it together. I hate to say anything negative because all of the recipes I've made from the first book and the blog have been great, but in general, I would not recommend purchasing this particular cookbook. I really feel that Stephanie can do better based on her previous cookbook.
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Are you like me? Do you get frustrated when you open a cookbook only to learn that you need to buy countless ingredients to make a recipe work? Or do you get disheartened when a recipe sounds great, but you know it will take more time in the preparation than you care to give?

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.
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I really liked the first book in this series, and the second book did not disappoint. This cookbook is organized a little differently. It has 3 main sections: $7 and under, $10 and under, and $15 and under. Each section then is divided up into the different meals, beverages, desserts, etc. She points out that she lives in an expensive part of California, so her estimates are bound to be on the high side, and I agree. I have already made two dishes - peanut butter chicken and honey chicken - and have been very satisfied with the results.

I would love a third cookbook from her with low-fat recipes for the slow cooker!
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I just received this book in the mail and have flipped through the recipes. She reorganized the layout and I find it helpful. It has the same sections as her previous cookbook (which I also have), but the book is split by price point. It's kind of a neat way to organize a cookbook so that when you look at your recipe you have a general idea of how much you might have to spend. I love her recipes and find myself using them frequently
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I have diligently been trying the recipes in this cook book. Overall, the whole family has been rather disappointed. Somehow the flavors get cooked out by the time the meal is served making the meal rather blah. They smelled scrumptious when cooking, but a full flavor was just not there.

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.
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I love this cookbook! I started out reading her blog and have used the online recipes frequently but I like recipes in book form so I can browse for ideas when I meal plan.

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.
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I was so excited for this book to come out. I live in a very small town and I think everyone has borrowed the first book from me and I made sure everyone knew that another one was coming out. She does have it broken down into price sections, which does not count for my area so I do not see it as a bonus. I have made a couple dishes from the book and was really disappointed. It does not appear to have very many new recipes, old ones in a different layout. Very disappointing after the first one was so wonderful.
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