I thought this was an okay cookbook for a few reasons. The first thing that immediately bothered me was there were only a few pictures for some of the recipes. I like seeing a picture for every recipe, if not at least the majority of recipes, to compare my finished meal with the author’s. That clearly didn’t happen with this version of the book. Having said that, on the front cover of the advanced reader’s copy I received, it stated that the copy wasn’t the final book and that there would be pictures placed throughout in the finished version. Since not being able to see the final copy to compare it against this version of the book, I wanted to mention the things that stuck out to me in the version I was reviewing. Second, as Ms. O’Dea was breaking down each recipe, she mentioned you should use a 4 quart slow cooker or a 6 quart one if needed. Honestly, I don’t know anyone who owns one of each size. If a meal calls for a 4 quart slow cooker, surely placing that size recipe in a 6 quart slow cooker wouldn’t be much of an issue. Most people alter their recipes to suit their family’s situation, so with a little tweaking, using the larger cooker shouldn’t pose any problems.
The recipes I tried were: Cheese-Stuffed Barbecue Burgers and Teriyaki Tilapia, which both dishes turned out good for me. There are three other recipes that I’d like to try and they are: Turkey and Stuffing Dinner, Hot Dogs for a Crowd and Baked Potato Bars. Overall this was a good cookbook, but there was definitely room for improvements.
In this slow cooker cookbook, there are 365 recipes to suit everyone’s tastes. The book is broken down into sections labeled: Soups & Stews; Beans; Poultry; Beef & Lamb; Pork; Sandwiches; Meatless Main Dishes and finally Fish & Seafood. Also, if you’re interested in seeing more recipes from this author, you can visit her at: www.crockpot365.blogspot.com.
Slow cooker fans love their devices because they are easy to use and allow home cooks to buy affordable cuts of meat that become fall-off-the-bone tender. The challenge is finding well-tested recipes, and that’s where best-selling author Stephanie O’Dea comes in, with her wildly popular website (crockpot365.blogspot.com) that attracts more than a million visitors a month. In addition, O’Dea has made numerous national morning show appearances, including on Good Morning America. Fans have been clamoring for a new cookbook, and this one ties directly to her website with 365 recipes. Every recipe is written with gluten-free options, so there is a large secondary audience for this book. Full-color photography will further entice slow cooker enthusiasts, making this a must-have collection.