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Best Slow Cooker Cookbook Reviews

Updated on September 29, 2010

Which Are the Best Slow Cooker Cookbooks?

Slow cooker cookbooks are one of my weaknesses. I just can't seem to pass by a slow cooker cookbook without buying it. As a result, my kitchen shelves are bulging with slow cooker books. To save you some time and lots of money, here are my favorite slow cooker cookbooks out of the 31 (yeah, that's correct!) cookbooks devoted solely to slow cooker cooking recipes.

Make It Fast, Cook It Slow Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking Cookbook Review

If you think slow cookers are just for soups and stews, you have to check this out. This is an excellent slow cooker cookbook. It covers pretty much every food category that you could want, not just typical slow cooker recipes.

Included are slow cooker recipes for drinks, appetizers, breakfast recipes for the slow cooker, things to 'bake' in your crock pot, side dishes, delicious beans, pasta dishes, slow cooker casseroles, soups, chicken and poultry, seafood, various meat slow cooker recipes, restaurant recipes that you can copy using your crockpot, easy snacks, slow cooker fondues, desserts, and vegetarian main dishes.

No page, (sorry for the pun) is left unturned in this slow cooker cookbook. It should be in every slow cooker lover's kitchen.

Slow cookers are not just for soup anymore!
Slow cookers are not just for soup anymore!

Slow Cooker Cookbook Recipe Examples

Not just your typical dump some cans into the crockpot and add some meat recipes, this crockpot cookbook has many tasty and healthy recipes. Here are examples of some of the delicious and elegant recipes you can find in this slow cooker cookbook:

  • flank steak stuffed with apple and feta cheese
  • baked beans with bacon, jalapenos and apples
  • black beans and goat cheese
  • hot and spicy artichoke dip
  • dulce deleche
  • bacon wrapped Cornish hens
  • breakfast risotto
  • sundried tomato dip
  • pot roast with red wine and cranberries
  • baked brie
  • chai tea latte

But that's not all. The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking also has country cooking recipes and traditional homemade favorites such as:

  • jalapeno poppers
  • Philly cheese steaks
  • bread pudding
  • French onion soup
  • puppy chow
  • taco soup
  • homemade apple butter
  • white chicken chili
  • spicy chicken wings
  • minestrone soup
  • roasted garlic
  • lasagna
  • oatmeal
  • banana bread
  • apple dumplings
  • gumbo
  • wassail

These are just a few of the easy recipes included in this slow cooker cookbook. There are far more slow cooker recipes packed into this invaluable cookbook for the crockpot. It has 454 pages of mouthwatering dishes for you to try. You could cook a different recipe from this slow cooker cookbook every day for a year, and still have about 1/4 of the recipes left.

More Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking Cookbook Pros (And a Possible Con)

Another great thing about this crock pot cookbook is that most of the recipes use ingredients that are easily found. A majority of the ingredients are probably already on your shopping list. No hunting for odd additions with every other recipe like a lot of cookbooks.

And for moms, this is a great slow cooker cookbook to have. Why? Because most of the recipes give a personalized review from the author, showing how her family reacted, including her young children.

This cookbook for the slow cooker is written in a fun, conversational style which also makes it a joy to peruse.

An added bonus is that most, maybe all, of the recipes are gluten free. The author's daughter eats a gluten free diet, so the recipes fit that guideline. If someone in your family is sensitive to gluten, what a marvelous recipe resource!

There is an added section for fun ideas like how to make soap, recycle candles, and more.

About the only complaint I may have about this slow cooker cookbook is that many of the recipes need more depth. They can be bland. I usually can tell by reading the recipe ingredients if it needs a little extra oomph and add accordingly. But if you're a beginner cook, that may be a problem.

Overall, my opinion is that this is the absolute best slow cooker cookbook and is my personal favorite.

Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook

Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook Review

Like the crockpot cookbook mentioned above, Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook is packed full of slow cooker recipes- 350 to be exact in this 500 pages+ cookbook. What makes this cookbook a bit different is hinted at in the title.

This cookbook has updated crockpot recipes for modern menus, plus some new crock pot dishes that Mom probably didn't even think about trying in the slow cooker. Modern recipes such as chili with cilantro cream and braised espresso beef are some examples.

Lots of vegetarian dishes and whole grain recipes are also included. There are many ethnic crockpot recipes from around the world, including Thai, Chinese, and Indian dishes.

Lots of different types of slow cooker recipes are included such as breakfast foods, breads, sauces, casseroles, soups, side dishes, pasta, chicken, seafood, meats, and desserts.

To give you an idea of the variety of recipes, here are some examples included in this crock pot cookbook:

  • buttermilk cornbread
  • 14 chili recipes
  • pudding cake
  • beef stew
  • eggs benedict
  • barbecue ribs
  • Tex-Mex enchiladas
  • vegetarian soups
  • polenta
  • homemade biscuits
  • citrus sea bass
  • sage stuffing casserole
  • pizza sauce
  • lots of different bean recipes
  • pudding
  • rice dishes
  • cream of celery soup
  • homemade blackberry jam
  • molasses brown bread
  • vegetarian pizza
  • sweet breakfast grits
  • teriyaki thighs
  • cranberry apple chutney

As you can see, Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook is a nice combination of traditional homemade food and modern, updated popular recipes.

Also like the previously mentioned crockpot cookbook, this cookbook has mostly healthy recipes with fresh, natural ingredients. It's not loaded with the canned soup/meat combinations found in so many slow cooker cookbooks. This does take more time, but the end results and the nutritional aspects make it worthwhile.

And also like the other slow cooker book, it has mostly recipes that include ingredients I already have in my pantry, and that I am used to buying at the store. No recipes with tamarind paste here!

Another nice feature of Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook is the beginning of the book has more than just slow cooker recipes. It explains about slow cookers, including the different slow cooker sizes, how to adapt recipes for the slow cooker, what to do when you use a crockpot for the first few times, and more. This makes it an excellent choice for beginner cooks or anyone new to using a slow cooker.

I also like this slow cooker cookbook because each individual recipe has added information. Information includes how many servings and the best type of slow cooker to use for the particular recipe.

Reasons You May Not Like Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook

If you like lots of visuals, you probably won't like this cookbook. It's not loaded with full color, stunning photos of tasty crockpot meals to inspire and motivate you. As a matter of fact, there are no photos other than on the book covers.

Although Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook has many traditional recipes, I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone that doesn't like experimenting with different types of food. This crockpot cookbook has more original, updated recipes than classic recipes.

Another possible negative with this crock pot cookbook is that many of the slow cooker recipes aren't fix it and forget it types. In other words, some of the recipes require a bit of preparation before adding the ingredients to the crockpot. Cooking vegetables until softened is an example. To me, this is actually a plus because the recipes use fresh ingredients instead of a lot of canned and processed foods.

Also, lots of the recipes will be ready to eat in less than eight hours. If you want slow cooker recipes where you can throw a few things into the crockpot, walk away while at work for ten hours or so, many of these recipes won't do.

The Gourmet Slow Cooker Cookbook Review

Who knew you could make this stuff in a slow cooker? Chocolate chip cookies? Really? The Gourmet Slow Cooker is an amazing slow cooker cookbook, if only to get your imagination running with all of the possibilities for cooking with a crock pot.

Most of these unique slow cooker recipes certainly could pass for gourmet food. Here are some delicious examples:

  • moussaka
  • beef burgundy
  • tamale pie
  • Italian pot roast
  • artichoke risotto
  • chicken in lemon egg sauce
  • corned beef and cabbage
  • chicken mole
  • sausage in sun-dried tomato sauce
  • Irish cheese pudding
  • chicken and dumplings
  • beef biryani
  • chicken cacciatore
  • Boston baked beans
  • beef and Guinness stew
  • Indian curry
  • salsa verde
  • white truffle risotto
  • baked eggplant
  • lamb stew
  • Scotch broth
  • Tuscan bean soup

Any of these slow cooker recipes would look right at home on the menu of an elegant gourmet restaurant!

Another thing I love about this slow cooker cookbook is its organization and sheer volume of choices for different types of recipes. Try recipes from the USA, Mexico, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Italy, Greece, and India. There is a section for each country in this phenomenal slow cooker cook book. There is information about wines from the countries as well, including recommendations for individual recipes.

This slow cooker book has other sections, too. There is information about slow cookers, including their history, care for slow cookers, different sizes and shapes, tips, and more.

Reasons Not to Buy The Gourmet Slow Cooker Cookbook for the Crock Pot

Because of the nature of The Gourmet Slow Cooker Cookbook, most of these recipes can't be started before work and left alone all day cooking. Some are ready in just a few hours. Others are labor intensive, at least for slow cooker recipes. If you want quick, easy to put together slow cooker recipes, this isn't the slow cooker book for you.

If you're looking for fix it and forget it slow cooker cookbooks, I recommend the slow cooker books below. Most of the slow cooker recipes are quick and easy to assemble, and they taste pretty good, too.

Slow Cooker Cookbook Reviews Comments

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    • torrilynn profile image


      5 years ago

      Hey Angela,

      thanks for the reviews and books

      thatare best for when you want to use a slow cooker

      really nice hub overall

      Voted up

    • Natashalh profile image


      5 years ago from Hawaii

      Wow, this is great! I got a slow cooker and I haven't used it yet because I didn't know what to do with it. Thank you.

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      Brenda Kyle 

      5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you for sharing the cookbooks. I am doing a review soon and would like to link to you hub as well. I think everyone should own and use a crockpot. It makes life so much easier to come home to a wonderful smelling home with dinner ready to eat!

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      Sally Branche 

      7 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Slow cooking makes life much easier! Voted up & useful! :)

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      Giselle Maine 

      8 years ago

      An absolutely superb topic & very well written. I love the clear pros and cons - they are really helpful. I'm actually looking for a good slow cooker cookbook that has recipes I would actually make so your hub is great. I love that you included cookbooks that are more 'modern' that don't rely on a can of this or that in every recipe, because I'm trying to make more stuff from scratch.

    • LeonJane profile image


      8 years ago from Australia

      Great slow cooker cook book reviews, now which one to get. With our slow cooker we haven't ventured too far from silverside and lamb shanks. Although these are fantastic in the slow cooker I am always looking for new ideas.

    • GojiJuiceGoodness profile image


      8 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      Great reviews!


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