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“The slow cooker is often regarded as a large pantry paperweight that is pulled out for the occasional potluck, but in Quick and Easy Vegan Slow Cooking, Carla truly reinvents the slow cooker for a new generation. The variety of delicious and nutritious recipes is incredible and Carla provides allergen information to make sure everyone can enjoy dinner. In addition, there are recipes to help round out these tasty one-pot creations into a full dinnertime spread. Combined with the convenience factor, this book will make your slow cooker a permanent fixture in your kitchen.”
Kris Holechek, author of 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes, Have Your Cake and Vegan Too, and

“Quick slow cooking is not an oxymoron, thanks to Carla Kelly’s wonderful new book, which proves that everyone has time to create healthful, compassionate meals every day!”
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, bestselling author and expert on compassionate living

“Who doesn’t love a deliciously inspired meal after a long day of work? Carla Kelly will have you pulling your slow cooker out of retirement and whipping up her tantalizing recipes, from delectable soups, stews, curries, chilies, BBQs, casseroles and roasts to quiches, sauces, stews and sides. You’ll have a hard time deciding what to make first!”
Julie Hasson, author of Vegan Diner

“In Quick and Easy Vegan Slow Cooking, Carla Kelly delivers an impressive collection of recipes from soups and stews, to curries and casseroles, that will keep your slow cooker humming and your tummy well satisfied.”
Robin Robertson, author of Quick-Fix Vegan, Vegan on the Cheap, and Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker

“Who doesn’t love coming home to an incredible smelling home and the hot dinner that made it so? Thanks to the more than 150 recipes in Carla Kelly’s book, Quick and Easy Vegan Slow Cooking, now we all can. Carla draws on her family favorites, and also spans the planet with a wide range of culturally-inspired dishes. From curries to casseroles, and everywhere in between, Carla’s recipes are sure to please your palate.”
TamasinNoyes, author of American Vegan Kitchen, Grills Gone Vegan!, and coauthor of Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day

“If your idea of luxury is having dinner simmering away for you after a long day, then this book is for you! Vegan slow cooking made easy and delicious.”
Isa Chandra Moskowitz, bestselling author of Veganomicon

“There’s something for everyone in this collection . . . excellent.”
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About the Author

CARLA KELLY is an experienced cook and baker, having started well before the age of ten. As the eldest of five children, she often made baked treats and dinner for her family. She has been a vegan for over sevenyears and a vegetarian for fifteen more before that, and has developed recipes to suit herself and her family on this journey. She writes the popular blog The Year of the Vegan ( and lives in British Columbia with her family.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: The Experiment; English Language edition (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615190430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615190430
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carla Kelly (1971-) was born in New Zealand to English parents, and she grew up on small farms in rural areas. She has since lived in numerous countries, including Thailand, Australia, and Scotland, and worked in the Hospitality industry for a number of years. She has been vegan for close to 10 years and uses her experience of the cultures and cusines of other countries in her recipes. She currently resides in Burnaby, BC, Canada with her family.

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122 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Joy Nicholas on September 17, 2012
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First the positive. Carla Kelly definitely tries to be creative with her slow-cooker. There's a huge variety of recipes here.

But... I think there is some misunderstanding between what I call slow-cooking and what she calls it. You see, I want something where the prep work involves chopping and dumping, shaking in some herbs and so on. She tries to bring it to a gourmet level. These are NOT recipes that "practically make themselves." (unless you have a very liberal idea of what that actually means) She does have a disclaimer inside the book that says "some" of the recipes require "a little bit" of extra prep work. No, no, no, my friends, ALL the recipes have some level of prep work beyond the chopping and dumping. I'm talking roasting, toasting, stirring, blending... some of the recipes that would be most interesting to me have a full 45 minutes of prep work. The least prep for the recipes I'm interested in is 20 minutes (not counting chopping time). I'm sorry, but that's not at all what I was looking for when I pull out the slow cooker.

Maybe, if you have different expectations, you'd enjoy this cookbook a million times more than I did -- which is why I generously give it 3 stars, not the 2 I'm inclined to rate it. And I do appreciate the how-to's for things like slow-cooker polenta and seitan (although that's information I could have found elsewhere, I'm sure). Unfortunately, this is not what I was looking for.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on April 7, 2012
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I am a busy mom and don't have a lot of time to cook. I love the introduction to this book with helpful tips, season suggestions and the index in back with cooking time lists. Every recipe I have made was parent and kid approved, there were not any complaints (only praise) about what I made from my kids (ages 5 and 9).
Our favorites so far are the Lasagna, "not-meat" balls spaghetti, pineapple sweet and sour seitan and the winter vegetables and quinoa. There are many more I have flagged but I would buy the book for these 4 recipes alone.

I am so happy to have a slow cooker cookbook to prepare dinner during the hot summers in South Carolina.....I hate cooking in summer and don't grill.

There are many soy-free, gluten free, recipes containing nuts are marked in a separate index and with each recipe. The ingredients are easy to find and a few like nutritional yeast, vital wheat gluten, or some spices you may have to purchase from if your local grocery store does not stock. These items are typically part of a vegan pantry. Most recipes call for easy to find ingredients.

I am not a great cook, if I have a great recipe to follow than the food I cook tastes good, so a big Thanks, to Carla Kelly for writing this book!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By K. Cavalier on April 3, 2012
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I have made many recipes from this book and everything is wonderfully delicious! I never used a sow cooker before but I definitely will be from now on. Carla Kelly has put together so many tasty and easy recipes that any one can make! Some of my favourites are Tandoori Baked Tofu, Cashew and Cauliflower Korma, Lasagna, Cheesy Mac, Southwestern Pasta Bake and the Risotto. Who knew you could make Crustless Quiche in a slow cooker? It is so delicious and quick to put together you really have no excuse not to. This book is well designed and has a plethora of information as well about ingredients. I also love the list in the back where Carla lists all the recipes by amount of cooking time which makes it so easy to find a recipe when you are looking for something that can be done quick (3hours) or when you will be gone all day. Great second book from Carla Kelly! Now I just can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By V. Holt on August 4, 2012
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Although I am not vegan, I prefer to buy vegan cookbooks because they are full of the most delicious, healthy and creative recipes, and you can always substitute or change ingredients when needed. One of the drawbacks for some vegan cookbooks though is that the ingredients can be hard to find, or preparation (chopping all those vegetables!) can be time-consuming. This, however, does not suffer as much from those drawbacks and is almost a perfect cookbook for my needs. Although I enjoy complicated cooking projects, it's great to know I can pile everything in a slow cooker and forget about it for 6-8 hours then have a perfect meal ready. The author of this cookbook has thought of everything. She includes plenty of easy-to-find ingredients, if you can get your hands on dried beans and fresh vegetables. A few demanded a little extra research (I made a special trip to get Marmite, for instance, but it wasn't even strictly necessary to have) or preparation (I bought a jar of concentrated mushroom bouillon since I love it in soups) but by and large this is very easy to follow.

Most importantly though are how delicious these recipes are. I was amazed with each one I tried, how flavorful and complex they were, equally enjoyed by myself and my meat-eating companion. Most impressive so far of the dozen or so recipes I've tried was probably the Tempeh Tikka Misala. If you've ever had tempeh before you know that on its own it tastes like a chunk of soggy vitamins. Well, this was amazing. I couldn't stop eating it. I used regular sour cream instead of vegan (because I can't find any place that carries vegan sour cream) but it was one of the most delicious things that has ever come out of my kitchen.
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