Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking

Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking

by Stephanie O'Dea
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Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking by Stephanie O'Dea

Make It Fast, Cook It Slow is the first cookbook from Stephanie O'Dea, the extremely popular slow cooking blogger: affordable, delicious, nutritious, and gluten-free recipes to delight the entire family.

In December 2007, Stephanie O'Dea made a New Year's resolution: she'd use her slow cooker every single day for an entire year, and write about it on her very popular blog. The result: more than three million visitors, and more than 300 fabulous, easy-to-make, family-pleasing recipes, including:

  • Breakfast Risotto
  • Vietnamese Roast Chicken
  • Tomatoes and Goat Cheese with Balsamic Cranberry Syrup
  • Falafel
  • Philly Cheesesteaks
  • Crème Brulee
--and much more. Make It Fast, Cook It Slow is the perfect cookbook for easy, quick prep, inexpensive ingredients, and meals that taste like you spent hours at the stove.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401394820
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 100
Sales rank: 1,127,687
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Stephanie O'Dea's first book, Totally Together: An Organizational Journal for the Busy Household, will be published by Running Press in March 2009. Throughout 2008, O'Dea developed a following of over 20,000 daily readers on her blog, "A Year of CrockPotting" ( O'Dea has a background in child development and psychology, and holds a degree in English Literature from San Francisco State University. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two daughters.

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Make It Fast, Cook It Slow 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
AggieSarah More than 1 year ago
I first found Stephanie O'Dea on her blog: crockpot365. She is entertaining and creative in her recipes. They are really crockpot adaptations of every day recipes. All of these recipes can be found on her blog but having the cookbook is very handy while in the kitchen. Some of our favorites are the Korean Ribs and Jalapeno Roast. I even use her recipe to make home made yogurt in my crockpot. Also, her daughter has a gluten allergy so many (if not all) of the recipes are gluten free but she gives you ingredients for both scenarios. This is a fun and comprehensive cookbook to give as a gift along with a new crockpot! You can't go wrong with the price either!
JPKittee More than 1 year ago
I think this is one of the better crockpot cookery books to have been written in recent years. Although there are plenty of these cookbooks to choose from, this one was written by a woman who decided to cook everything for a year in a crockpot as opposed to using a stove, microwave, etc. Her recipes are written with an appeal to everyone, including children, although some require the addition of alcoholic beverages. Those can be made with or without the alcohol, however. Ms. O'Dea's family's reception of the selections are also taken into account and noted on many of the recipe pages. Were I to purchase a new book on crockpot cooking, this one would be the one to get. It's cover caught my eye at the Coralville Library, and being able to 'rent' this book, I took advantage of it. I would recommend it for those of us who don't cook a lot, but also for those who do, and have gluten-free issues as well. Ms. O'Dea's children need gluten-free recipes, and this book as written by her, shows others how that issue can be rectified with these recipes.
LegalBeagle More than 1 year ago
Today's review fits into my January theme of cooking at home to save money. When blogger-author Stephanie O'Dea made a resolution to use her crock pot everyday in 2008, readers everywhere shared in her tasty journey. Now O'Dea's fabulous recipes are available in this affordable paperback edition. Make It Fast Cook It Slow is not your mother's cookbook. That is, the recipes are much more than the usual pot roast, stew, and soup options. The Table of Contents reveals the bevy of slow cooker options: Beverages, Appetizers, Breakfast, Baking, Side Dishes, Beans, Pasta & Casseroles, Soups & Stews, Seafood, Poultry, Meatless Mains, Meat, Takeout Fake-Out, Snacks & Fondue, Desserts, and Fun Stuff (including crayons and play dough!). I can personally vouch for the Wassail, Crab Dip, and Bacon and Cheese Chicken! Nearly every page of Make It Fast Cook It Slow contains a different tantalizing recipe. The gluten- free recipes are easy to prepare, use readily available ingredients, and most conclude with O'Dea's "verdict" (parting thoughts on the results). The only minor detractions from the book are the absence of pictures and nutritional information. Make It Fast Cook It Slow is a must have resource for families! (Review Based on Privately Purchased Copy).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Used the recipes almost weekly for our meals. There are only two of us and they last us usually the week. There are only one or two meals that cannot be made fast, one of them being "borshe". Otherwise, they are relatively easy to make. I usually prepare them in the AM and then go off for the day not worrying. Just a few vegetables and that is it and some of the meals provide the vegetables in them. I think this is great and also great for those of us who have problems gluten. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Half of my family has to live gluten-free, I was so happy to find a slow cooker cookbook that I did not have to adjust the ingredients for my family. It is great not to have to rush to make dinner when I get home from work and if the kids are hungry before us they can eat and ours will be ready when we are.
vickyp More than 1 year ago
this will replace my other slow cooker cookbooks. Very family friendly, the kids will love the food
tinysmom More than 1 year ago
unfortunately, i have so far tried two recipes, and neither has been a "keeper". maybe it's becuase the author doesn't eat the pork recipes she makes. the first meal was okay, but we had plenty of leftovers that no one wanted to eat. The second, a recipe for ribs that i made with pork and the author made with beef, were bitter tasting, and only the homemade coleslaw (my own recipe) made the meal worthwhile. i am undecided whether i will try any other recipes.
youmanspr More than 1 year ago
I am an avid slow cooker cook, so I don't usually get more cookbooks for my slow cooker. But, I really like this book. Stephanie has recipes that go beyond stews, chilis, and pot roast. And, I love the fact that her family gives a "verdict" on many of the recipes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this cookbook. I have already made about 8 recipes in my new crockpot. I love the fact that you can make it a regular meal or you can make it a gluten free recipe. The Creme Brulee is amazing in a crockpot. My daughter wants more and more. I highly recommend it. It doesn't have any photos but you can go on the internet and see them on her website.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got this as a gift for my sister and it was a huge hit! Highly recommended.
Mamaground More than 1 year ago
Whether you need to follow a Gluten-Free diet or want healthy, easy meals for you and your family, Make It Fast, Cook It Slow is an exceptional cookbook. I bought one cookbook book for me and another for a Christmas gift. There are so many ideas, and you can't help but find several favorites for you and your family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't believe there are people stating this book was awful! I read my daughter-in-laws and immediately wanted the cookbook. I got one, then my sister wanted one and my son wanted one. There are about 5 people in my family who now own this cookbook and cook from it EVERY week. We all let each other know what we've tried and then we try it. Everything I have made has been unbelievably easy, delicious and everyone has loved them all. I would say BUY this first edition, you won't be sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Make your life easier and buy this cookbook! All the recipes are simple. Everyone I've tried ( about 7at this writing) have been delicious and big hits with my family. I went from using my crockpot 1or 2 times a year, to using it 1 or 2 timds a week! Mosr recipes use items you have on hand too. Have even purchased hard copies for my daughters. Highly recommend!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great cookbook choice for my e-reader as there are no pictures. I also love the "verdict" from Stephanie and her family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is just great and the author says she tried all of these recipes on her own family first. Good work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I even bought a copy for mom gluten intolerant mom so she could enjoy the book too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried several of the recipes and they were so bland. After trying several recipes I donated to the library.
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