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Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You: More than 100 Delicious One-Pot Meals for Your 1.5-Quart/Litre Slow Cooker Paperback – August 1, 2013
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About the Author
Kathy Hester is the founder of the blogs Healthy Slow Cooking (http://www.healthyslowcooking.com) and Busy Vegan (http://busyvegan.blogspot.com). She writes for various online health and cooking websites, including Bright Hub (http://www.brighthub.com), Divine Caroline (http://www.divinecaroline.com), Everything Mom (http://www.everythingmom.com), and The Healthy Hostess (http://www.thehealthyhostess.com). She lives in Durham, NC with her partner, two cats, and one dog.
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Top Customer Reviews
The recipes are designed for using a 1.5-quart or liter crockpot, so they're perfectly proportioned for smaller households.
The book is organized as follows:
* Chapter 1 provides a nice overview about how to use your slow cooker effectively
* Chapter 2 focuses on making what Hester calls "pantry staples" -- things like tofu sour cream and nut ricotta that you might want to have on hand for other recipes
* Chapter 3 focuses on breakfast
* Chapter 4 focuses on dips that can be eaten as appetizers or a main meal
* Chapter 5 focuses on soups
* Chapter 6 focuses on stews, curries, and chilis
* Chapter 7 focuses on sandwich and taco fillings
* Chapter 8 focuses on one-pot risottos, pastas, and pasta sauces
* Chapter 9 focuses on full-meal dishes
* Chapter 10 focuses on drinks, syrups, and desserts
There is also a list of recommended shops to order your spices from.Read more ›
I cook weekly in my slow cooker, sometimes twice a week. I love not having so many leftovers. I eat generous portions and did not run short on any of the recipes I tried from the book.
This cookbook does not have the same old boring type recipes. Some of my favorites - Ethiopian Tempah Veggie Meal (a layered complete meal in the pot), All in one Thanksgiving (again why dirty another pot?), Indian mashed veggies sandwich or Pav Bhaji, and the Potato, Greens and soy curls (or chickpea) curry. I am looking forward to trying more!
A bonus for those watching their weight - Portion, calories, fat, fiber and protein are listed for each recipe. Thank you for that Kathy.
I have a feeling this book will be used a lot as is Kathy's other Vegan crock pot book. So nice to have some comfort food ready when I get home from work, especially in winter.
1.) It is a vegan/plant based book with lots of variety.
2.) It contains recipes for a smaller group/family or single person
3.) The book is very user-friendly and cook times are perfect for overnight/work day meal planning
1.) My husband and I have been following the Happy Herbivore (The Happy Herbivore Cookbook: Over 175 Delicious Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes) recipes/meal plans for the past year and a half or so. While those recipes are generally easy, fast and delicious, there is something to be said for having the option of preparing meals in a slow cooker that I can consume almost immediately when I get home from work after a long, exhausting day. We have grown accustomed to Lindsay Nixon's low- and no-oil recipes, so I was very pleased to find a book for slow-cooking plant-based food that offered low/no oil options and generally does not use very much added fats as such anyway. This has helped us maintain our plant-based lifestyle in a healthy way with more options. I should add that we are also CSA users and I appreciate the versatility of the recipes and indeed the encouragement of the author to use seasonal produce in place of the listed ingredients, where appropriate. It helps us use our CSA, keep our dietary choices in check, and allows for variety from week to week and day to day.
2.) I do not like eating leftovers for more than once or twice after the original meal.Read more ›
I wanted to try some new things and swap out some of my meat-full dinners for meatless ones, but almost all the recipes call for a lot more labor than the "set it and forget it" type of slow cooking I would have wanted to see in this book. Many of the recipes call for pre-cooking ingredients or adding more ingredients to the slow cooker to cook for 30 minutes to an hour AFTER the standard 7-9 hour cooking time. I don't know about you, but I'm a grad student and am unlikely to have that kind of time. What is worse, some recipes only call for using the slow cooker for an hour or less -- with the desserts, that's feasible, but with other dishes, I might as well just cook the thing on the stove for 10 minutes instead.
I've also found that many of the recipes incorporate pricey (read: astronomically expensive on my budget) ingredients like unusual spices that I know I won't use very frequently. And I don't know if it's something to do with my beloved little slow cooker or what, but the proportion of liquid ingredients in the recipes is frequently much less than you'd need to properly cook a dish. In the beginning, I followed all the recipes to the letter and they came out scorched on the bottom and uncooked on the top. I think the book was probably tested using an oval slow cooker, which I don't have -- I have the tall, round kind. I also don't own a food processor, so you should also be aware that many of the recipes require that piece of equipment as well. For the life of me, I have no idea how this cookbook got so many positive reviews. Save your money and just use the interwebs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have found that scaling down recipes doesn't always yield the result that the original recipe delivered. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Richard E. Beebee
I am new to the vegan diet and slow cooking. This recipe book has been perfect. The recipes are full of flavor and more importantly do not require a lot of prep time. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Open Mind
This has been a really useful book. I just started using the slow-cooker and am reletively new to vegan cooking and this has really helped. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lisa M. Elkind
As a hopeful future vegan, this cookbook is great for making the transition easy and delicious! I love the tip of having 2 small slow cookers!Published 4 months ago by Terri
Thank the author so much for creating a cookbook for those Vegans that are cooking for themselves!! I have only tried two recipes and they were great. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jacqueline T.
My go to for flavorful, simple vegan meals. Perfect recipes for my non-vegan guests too - consistent compliments.Published 4 months ago by Lee H.
You can never go wrong buying a book by Kathy Hester. I use this at least twice a week. It would be more but I also use her other Slow Cooker book as well as her Beans and Easy... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sesheta Mallorn