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I started off this month freely admitting that I’m not always the biggest slow cooker fan. But guess what – this month’s Cookbook of the Month – More Make it Fast, Cook it Slow by Stephanie O’Dea has totally restored my faith in the slow cooker!

 

 

 

 

Prep Times and Total Recipe Times Listed:no

Number of Photos: none
But let’s face it – slow cooker food is really hard to photograph and make look appetizing. I’m not surprised to not see any photos!

Difficulty Level of Recipes: easy

It doesn’t get much easier than most of these recipes. Seriously – most of the instructions are only 1 paragraph long. There are a lot of “dump all your ingredients into the slow cooker” kind of recipes – and those are usually my favorite ones!!

Availability of Ingredients: easy
I didn’t see anything that you wouldn’t be able to find at any grocery store.

Here’s what I made:

 

Honey Garlic Chicken – 9.5 out of 10

 

 

 

 

 

Scalloped Peaches – 9.25 out of 10

 

 

 

Corn and Crab Chowder – 8 out of 10

 

 

 

 

Baked Potato Soup – 8.75 out of 10

 

 

Overall Rating: 8.875 out of 10

One thing that I haven’t mentioned about this cookbook is that it is “Budget Friendly”. The chapters are divided by how much the meal costs to make – $7 and under, $10 and under, and $15 and under. And all of the recipes in the book are gluten-free!! Just 2 more reasons you want this book!!  If you are a slow cooker lover – or even if you’d like to have a few slow cooker recipes under your belt – this would be a great book to pick up.  Especially if you are looking for a way to perk up your slow cooker routine.

September’s book (can you believe it’s already September???) is another fun one – Poor Girl Gourmet by Amy McCoy. I’m super excited about this one because I’m always looking for recipes that are good, but aren’t going to break the bank. I’m so excited to work through this one! I already have the first recipe made (post up tomorrow) and judging by that recipe, this is going to be a good one!

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9 Responses to August Cookbook of the Month Review | More Make it Fast, Cook it Slow

  1. Brenda says:

    Deborah, I agree about slow cooker food not photographing well, yet your pics are gorgeous! I have this book on my wish list actually. Looking forward to September’s recipes from Poor Girl Gourmet. Sounds like a fun book!

  2. I am so glad you featured this cookbook. I have Stephanie O’dea’s other cookbook and have this one on my wish list. Your review and the recipes you made makes me want to immediately go buy this one!

  3. Joanne says:

    You’ve restored MY faith in the slow cooker as well! Win/win review for all of us!

  4. I am drooling at your garlic honey chicken … I think it’s high time for me to get a slow cooker!

  5. I reviewed this book a while back and felt the same way. Plenty of delicious stuff that has readily available ingredients, isn’t time consuming (labor-wise), and yummy. Great review :D

  6. Thanks for the review! You can never have enough GOOD crock pot recipes! I just used mine yesterday after it was sitting in the cupboard over the summer. Now that school’s back in full swing and with athletic activities to go to in the afternoons and on weekends it will be SO much easier to prepare it in the morning and not have to worry about it all day.
    Big thanks to the person who invented this wonderful kitchen appliance!

  7. great review, i love using my slowcooker and need to check this book out!

  8. Katrina says:

    Yum! I have this book and love it too. Slow cooking is awesome…especially in fall!

  9. ALli says:

    Wow I am so excited to see this review. First your photos look great ! I have mixed feelings about the slow cooker too but with the kids fall sports I am going to have to start using. I am off to order this book. Thx!

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