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Product Details

  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Book Pub Co (February 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570671710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570671715
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 6.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,568,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Foreword by Neal Barnard, MD
Introduction:
Choosing a Slow Cooker
Crockery Cooking Tidbits
Passions of Italy
The Colors of Mexico
Asian Delights
Irish Epicurean Favorites
America's Favorites
Slow-Cooker Desserts

About the Author

Michelle Rivera is a full-time humane educator and writer living in Jupiter, Florida with her husband John and several companion animals. Her essays on animals have been published in numerous magazines. She is a state-certified humane officer, cruelty investigator, and a member of several humane society and rescue alliance, and founder of the Prayer Alliance for Animals.

More About the Author

Michelle A. Rivera was born in Westchester County, New York and lived the life of a gypsy, traveling all over New York State with her father who was a State Trooper, and her mother, a free spirit. She attended Marylrose Academy for Girls in Albany, New York and moved to South Florida just in time to graduate from Jupiter High and call herself a semi-native. She has worked in the field of law, medicine and journalism and even drove a taxi in Savannah for a while before living in Europe for five years. Upon returning to the states she met and married her husband John, an attorney with the Public Defender's Office, and became involved with animal rescue and rehabilitation. But her first love is humane education and animal-assisted activities. She spends most of her time visiting classrooms, libraries and Boys & Girls Clubs around Palm Beach County teaching students about the wonder of animals and the environment and our responsibility towards them. She loves all things feline but, paradoxically, is a musophile as well.Some things just cannot be explained.

Michelle is the author of several books including HOSPICE HOUNDS, Animals and Healing at the Borders of Death; CANINES IN THE CLASSROOM, Raising Humane Children through Interactions with Animals; DO DOGS HAVE BELLY BUTTONS? 100 Questions and Answers about Dogs; THE SIMPLE LITTLE VEGAN SLOW COOKER and THE SIMPLE LITTLE VEGAN DOG BOOK. She is also an essayist and has been published in the vegetarian essay book "Voices from the Garden." She is a free-lance writer/editor and along with her Certified Therapy Dogs, a READ tutor. Michelle is a blogger for PetaPrime.org and is currently working on her sixth book under contract from Purdue Press, COMFORTING CANINES(working title), Inspirational Stories of Dogs in a hospice facility. She is the founder of Animals 101, Inc., a South Florida humane education organization. She has two Certified Delta Society Therapy Dogs: Murphy, a Golden Retriever, and Tabitha, a Standard Poodle; and three rescued cats; and is a Delta Society Evaluator. Michelle is the proud grandmother of three wonderful children Austin, Alexander and Adrienne.

Customer Reviews

Great vegan slow cooker book!
K. Smith
I've got two more recipes dog-earred, and I hope they delight and can change my mind, but until then I can't recommend this book.
chad chabot
I've made 2 of the recipes so far and am reluctant to try more.
K. Morey

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134 of 135 people found the following review helpful By Renee on November 6, 2005
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This book would be great for you if you are new to vegan or vegetarian cooking and are looking for easy recipes that use soy cheese and vegan meat substitutes. I was disapointed. I was hoping for simple recipes using beans and whole grains. This book uses cheese and meat substitutes in a way that would be obvious to any experienced cook. That said, the recipes are easy to follow and organized well. Helpful for those new to crockpots and looking for easy to prepare healthy meals.
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114 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Dustin G. Rhodes VINE VOICE on November 29, 2006
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Vegan crockpotting is the best thing ever. This cookbook was not my first foray into this made-for-lazy-people-like-me brand of cooking that is sweeping the nation; after finding countless creative, delicious and easy recipes for free on the internets, I thought it would be nice to have a book to consult, rather than the unglamorous and dangerous way I'd prop my laptop on the kitchen counter to consult as a I dropped things in my crockpot.

There's no delicate or easy way to say it: This cute little cookbook basically stinks. First of all, there aren't very many recipes, but the worst part is that the recipes aren't very tastey or interesting---and they heavily rely on very processed foods like "canned vegan gravy" (what the heck is that?) and "vegan sausage" (gag). I am giving this two stars because if you are brand spankin' new to crock-potting, and don't give a darn that your food is not especially nutritious or interesting, then heck: this might be the perfect cookbook for you.

There's a terrific database of WONDERFUL vegan crockpot recipes on the fatfreevegan dot blogspot dot com website that'll make you want to crockpot until your fingers bleed. This one will only inspire you to put your crockpot back for another thirty years, which you absolutely should not do. Trust me.
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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Edward K. Lankford on November 19, 2005
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I usually only read reviews but never write them. I use this cookbook every week. I work ten hours a day and must eat two of my meals at work. I fix a sandwich for lunch and for dinner I have a meal dished out from this week's slow cooker pot. There are few exotic ingredients. Most recipes are: add vegetables and spices to slow cooker and wait 6-8 hours. Very simple. I've made ten different dishes so far: 8 excellent, 1 okay, 1 I won't make again. I've made the sausage with peppers many times because I'll forget to make a grocery list and there's only three ingredients for this dish. My dogs must also like this cookbook because it fell on the floor one day and when I came home they ate the cover. It must be good!
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By K. Morey on March 10, 2006
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I've made 2 of the recipes so far and am reluctant to try more. If I had known what I now know BEFORE I bought the book, I'd never have bought it.

The first recipe was a complete bomb: the Tofu and Vegetable Curry, p. 105. I found it too hot and also bitter. Thin, watery gravy; very hot; and a nasty, bitter taste -- yuck! I love curries, but this was by far the worst I've ever tasted. I'll never make it again!

The Butternut Squash Soup, p. 98, was a little better. I liked it, but my husband didn't and wouldn't eat it (complained of a sour-milk taste). The soy milk and perhaps also the margarine had curdled over the long hours of cooking. And since cut-up squash isn't available in my town, the recipe took an hour of hard work, mostly to dismember a fresh butternut squash. I'll make this again when I can find cut-up squash, but I'll leave out the soy milk and margarine during the slow cooking. When the slow cooking is done, I'll puree the soup, then add the soy milk and margarine, and reheat gently on the stovetop. I think this will avoid the curdling and yield a creamier product.

My recommendation to others: don't waste your money on this clunker.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By M. Goad on February 13, 2006
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As a vegan for almost 10 years, and someone who loves to cook, I am constantly searching for new cookbooks. While the recipes in this book were easy to follow, the few that I tried did not taste very good. I tried four of the recipes, being faithful to the instructions. The recipes seemed to rely on an overdose of spices. I was not impressed. Simple, yes. Tasty, no.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Dr. Cyn on November 14, 2006
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This little cookbook is AMAZING! Every recipe I have tried is delicious and unbelievably easy. I highly recommend Italian Sausage and Peppers - hearty and just the right amount of spice. The Portabella Stroganoff was a bit expensive to make, but well worth it - my family went wild over it. For an easy dish, make the Mushroom Parmesan soup. In the Irish section, you must try Vegan Shepherd's Pie - I used homemade mashed potatoes and it was to die for. Finally, the Tangerine Tofu is exquisite. I hope Michelle Rivera writes another cookbook soon!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K. Smith on November 15, 2005
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Great vegan slow cooker book! I have tried three recipes so far and they were all very tastey. The recipes often call for frozen vegatables, but I would go ahead and use fresh ones. FYI: This book is way better than the vegetarian slow cooker book.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on November 1, 2005
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This book is small - a small square paperback - but packed with lots of info about tofu, beans, and spices, as well as how to chosse a slow cooker. I'd recommend this book placed inside a new slow cooker/crock pot, maybe with pot holders or a wooden spoon, as a cute housewarming, engagement, or bridal shower gift.
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