Thursday, October 13, 2011
Thoughtful Thursdays: The Vegan Slow Cooker by Kathy Hester
The Vegan Slow Cooker by Kathy Hester is a book every busy vegan needs to own. And seriously, what vegan isn't busy?
Let's just talk about the book itself for starters. It's beautiful. The matte cover and photos are gorgeous, the page layout is fantastic, the fonts are easy to read and interesting. The Chapters are logically organized and the index is short but efficient.
Now let's talk about the content...the book is full of recipes intended to be made in the slow cooker! I am the first to admit that I have only used my slow cooker a handful of times in the past. I always assumed it was only for stews or big chunks of meat (I mean, that's what my parents used theirs for!) So, that big old appliance that was a hand-me-down from Dan's dad just collected dust in the cabinet not getting the attention it deserved.
Recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, staples like beans and tomatoes, sauces, soups, snacks, pastas grains, even breads and cakes! I (who thought I had a pretty good handle on this whole comfort food and vegan cooking thing) am learning so much from this book!
My favorites (so far) are the delicious oatmeal recipes (she has even more on her blog!) and the amazingly easy (only 10 minutes of prep time!) Smoky Mac and Cheese. There are also some amazing recipes in here that I just haven't gotten to yet, like the pinach Artichoke Dip and the Mango Coconut Rice Pudding.
I am so looking forward to working my way through this book chapter by chapter, page by page, because honestly, I haven't seen any recipe in this book that doesn't absolutely sound fantastic!
Finally, I would like add that the intro chapters are really informative, and the canned vs. homemade info on beans and such is also really helpful.
All in all, this book gets two big thumbs up from me, and I highly reccommend it.
All recipes written by me, Joni Marie Newman, unless otherwise noted. Please feel free to refer to or link back to any of my recipes, but please ask for permission, or remember to give credit when reprinting recipes in their entirety. I do provide links to affiliate programs (such as Amazon) in which I receive a small commission for items purchased. I do not provide paid reviews. All reviews done on products or books are of my own unsolicited opinion. On occasion I may receive a book or product to review. I will note when this is the case, but rest assured, it will not affect the authenticity of my review. Thanks!--Joni