The Vegan Slow Cooker
Simply Set It and Go with 150 Recipes for Intensely Flavorful, Fuss-Free Fare Everyone (Vegan or Not!) Wi
By Kathy Hester
(Fair Winds Press, Paperback, 9781592334643, 224pp.)
Publication Date: October 2011
Categories: Vegetarian - General
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"Kathy’s stellar recipes and straightforward instructions will have you creating hot, fresh, gourmet meals in just minutes a day. No more slaving away in the kitchen. With The Vegan Slow Cooker, you’ll be eating like a queen with just the flip of a switch!"—Rory Freedman, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch
"This book might just revolutionize vegan cooking! Kathy Hester's recipes are ridiculously fast and easy, unbelievably delicious, and believe it or not—cheap. Bravo, Kathy!"—Kathy Freston, New York Times best-selling author of Veganist, Quantum Wellness, and The Quantum Wellness Cleanse
"The Vegan Slow Cooker is a fantastic collection of mouthwatering, fuss-free, easy-to-make vegan recipes. From curries, dals, and steamy stews to casseroles, breads, and decadent desserts, you'll be serving up delicious slow-cooked meals every day of the week."—Julie Hasson, author of Vegan Diner
"The health advantages of a plant-strong diet are compelling and well proven. But preparing yummy meals that are wholesome can be time consuming. That's where this book comes in. Slow cookers can be huge labor and time savers, if you know how to use them. This is the book that will show you how."—John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution, The New Good Life, and Diet for a New America
If you want to prepare hot, nutritious, home-cooked meals for your family and friends, but feel like time is never on your side, think again! The Vegan Slow Cooker shows you how to create fresh, nourishing cuisine in just two simple steps, using all the healthiest produce, whole grains, and vegan-friendly ingredients found at your local market or farm stand (or home garden!).
Author and slow cooker expert Kathy Hester, founder of the blog Healthy Slow Cooking (www.healthyslowcooking.com), will show you how simple it is to 1.) Prep your ingredients the night before, in just a few minutes' time, and 2.) Assemble everything in the slow cooker in the morning, right before you head to work.
The results vary from one-dish meals that are hot and ready as soon as you walk in the door to dishes that are ready in less than 3 hours. There are even recipes for staples like bouillon, apple sage sausage and seitans that you can make once and store in the freezer to use all month long.
From your favorite comforting casseroles to fresh and exciting new stews, and even desserts and quick breads—all veganized!—you find recipes that cover every meal and a wide variety of cuisines, including:
—Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
—Exotic Cardamom Hot Chocolate
—Chick’n and Dumplings
—Mushroom Lasagna with a Garlic-Tofu Sauce
—Chili Relleno Casserole
—Tempeh Braised with Figs and Port Wine
—Kung Pao Chick’n
—Turkish Delight Tapioca Pudding
With The Vegan Slow Cooker, you’ll find all the tasty inspiration you need to pull that neglected crock pot out of storage and get start creating compassionate, crave-worthy meals today. Home cooking has never been more easy, or delicious.
Kathy Hester lives in Durham, NC with her two cats who would rather not live together, a cute dog with a belly rub addiction, her very own picky eater, a kitchen garden, and more slow cookers than one person should own.
She writes HealthySlowCooking.com, is the vegan blogger for Key Ingredient (http://www.keyingredient.com/blog/bloggers/kathy-hester) and writes for various publications like Chickpea Magazine. She also teaches vegan cooking classes, has put together a social media class for writers and has more classes in the works.
"Hester, who blogs at http://www.healthyslowcooking.com and http://www.busyvegan.com, has written a no-nonsense, easy-to-understand guide to vegan slow cooking. The first chapter is a brief introduction to the slow cooker, with an ingredient substitution list. In the next 12 chapters, readers learn how to make soups, stews, curries, casseroles, breads, party dips, and desserts, among other items. Hester draws her inspiration primarily from American (Chick’n Mushroom Casserole; Corn-Tastic Tex-Mex Loaf), Indian (Baigan Bharta; Easy Veggie Chickpea Biryani), and Asian (Ma Po Tofu; Thai Red Curry Tofu and Vegetables) cuisine, but many other culinary traditions are represented. Soy- and gluten-free dishes are clearly labeled, but a list of these dishes isn’t included in a separate index. Dishes are indexed by the main ingredient, so Tofu Bouillabaise and the Smoked Tofu and Stars soup recipe are both found under 'tofu.' In a larger cookbook, this would be detrimental; here, it is merely annoying. VERDICT: This is a great slow-cooker cookbook with scrumptious dishes featuring ingredients that are easy to find in any major grocery store." - Library Journal XPress