Book Review: The Ultimate Slow Cooker Cookbook by Linda Larsen

Prepped quickly, cooked slowly—wholesome, hearty meals for any day of the week

There’s a reason slow cookers have been a staple in American homes for more than half a century: with just a few minutes of prep in the morning, you can have a delicious dinner waiting for you when you get home. And with The Ultimate Slow Cooker Cookbook, you’ll never get bored with your options. From healthy breakfasts to soups and stews—even enticing desserts—this book has it all!

In the first chapter of this slow cooker cookbook, you’ll get to know your favorite appliance even better, including what settings are best for each dish, a primer on safety, and a few tricks to maximize your slow cooker. Then dive into 225+ creative, simple, and timeless recipes that are designed for maximum flavor for minimum work. From comforting classics like Potato and Sausage Frittata to Moroccan Lamb Stew or even Korean Short Ribs and Carrots, see how this slow cooker cookbook can help you make even more with your slow cooker.

Inside The Ultimate Slow Cooker Cookbook you’ll find:

  • Lighten up—No canned soups or super-processed foods in this slow cooker cookbook! Plus, a low-calorie label makes healthy options easy to find.
  • Modern meals—Whether you need a casual family meal or dinner party fare, these recipes are fresh and innovative.
  • Weeknight heroes—Choose from scores of meals that are specifically designed to take 15 minutes or less of prep and cook for 8 hours, so dinner is ready when you are.

Make the most—and the most delicious meals—out of your slow cooker with The Ultimate Slow Cooker Cookbook.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have been looking for a good slow cooker cookbook for a long time. This one is exactly what I’ve been looking for. The prep time is short and the cook time is slow. And the recipes I’ve tried so far are delicious. I’m always looking for new ways to cook chicken, and there are several in The Ultimate Slow Cooker Cookbook that I’m wanting to try.

If you haven’t used a slow cooker much, the first chapter has “Slow-Cooking Basics” that will be helpful. Then there are nine chapters that have everything from breakfast to dessert. So many of the recipes look yummy! There is also a chapter called “Basics” that tells how to cook things that are used in many recipes such as vegetable stock or caramelized onions.

I’m so glad I got this book, and I definitely recommend it if you use a slow cooker.

About the Author/Editor

I am a journalist and author. My blog is called “Linda’s Best Recipes.” I have developed and tested recipes since 1987. I have also written articles for Woman’s Day magazine, my recipes have appeared in ‘Quick and Simple’ magazine and ‘First’ magazine. I have also been a columnist for ‘First’ magazine. I have worked for the Pillsbury Company since 1987 and have been a home economist for the Pillsbury Bake-Off contest since 1988.

I hold a B.S. degree in Food Science and Nutrition with High Distinction. And I have a B.A. in Biology from St. Olaf College. I am the editor of Food Poisoning Bulletin, a Google News site.

I’ve now written forty cookbooks, have written one non-cookbook book (Medical Ethics for Dummies – surprise!) and am in the process of writing one more. Stay tuned!

Book Review: Stage-by-Stage Baby Food Cookbook by Yaffi Lvova, RDN

Healthy food, healthy baby―recipes and tips for introducing solid food at every stage

Build your baby’s nutrition on a solid foundation with healthy, homemade food you can feel confident about. Whether your approach is baby-led feeding, chunky or smooth purées, or a combination of both, the Stage-by-Stage Baby Food Cookbook is a complete guide to introducing your infant to solid foods.

In this well-designed baby food cookbook, you’ll discover delicious and nutritious recipes that are organized by three growth stages from six months to 12 months, plus additional baby-led feeding recipes for 12 to 18 months and 18+ months. From thin purées all the way to finger foods and beyond, the meals in this baby food cookbook can be tailored to fit your baby’s needs and comfort level.

This baby food cookbook includes:

* Allergies and intolerances―Find info on food reactions your baby could have, plus tips about when and how to introduce common allergens like peanuts and shellfish.

* Feeding philosophies―Learn the difference between stage-specific purées and baby-led feeding, as well as the pros and cons of each approach for your baby, in this comprehensive baby food cookbook.

* Baby food building blocks―Discover the components that make up a balanced diet for your little one, like fruits and vegetables, a variety of proteins, and more.

Give your baby the healthiest start possible―the Stage-by-Stage Baby Food Cookbook will show you how.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is a good book to use if you want to make your own baby food ensuring that he/she is eating a healthier diet.

Stage-by-Stage Baby Food Cookbook starts at the age of 6 months which is when babies can begin eating foods other than breast milk or formula. It has stages of foods to cook all the way until the baby can eat food with the family.

At the beginning of the book and and at the beginning of each chapter (stage), there are tips and important information about feeding your baby. The recipes are easy to follow, but it is missing pictures to go along with the recipes which would help a lot.

Stage-by-Stage Baby Food Cookbook is a great cookbook to use for making healthy food for your baby. There’s so much junk out there that it’s important to start him/her out eating healthy from the beginning. I have a grandson who is just 9 months old, and I’m going to try out some of these recipes right away.

About the Author

Yaffi Lvova, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and owner of Baby Bloom Nutrition. After studying Comparative Religions and gaining some life experience, she went back to study Nutrition and Dietetics at Arizona State University.

After a difficult journey toward and into motherhood, Yaffi became mother to twins plus one and used her experience and clinical knowledge to shift gears, providing nutrition education to new and expecting parents, helping smooth the transition into parenthood.

In 2015, Yaffi created of Toddler Test Kitchen. This unique culinary adventure puts small children in the driver’s seat – or at the cutting board as it were, helping to bolster self-esteem as they feed their curiosity by creating something delicious!

In 2016, Yaffi went live with a weekly Facebook segment and subsequent podcast, Nap Time Nutrition, covering all topics parenthood and nutrition.

In 2019, Yaffi wrote Stage-By-Stage Baby Food Cookbook: 100 Purees and Baby-Led Feeding Recipes and Megrette Fletcher brought Yaffi on board for the update of Discover Mindful Eating for Kids, continuing their journey of food enjoyment activism.

In 2020, Yaffi published Beyond a Bite: Activities for a Mindful Mealtime.

Book Review: Super Simple Baking for Kids by Charity Mathews

Share your love of baking with your children ― the super-easy, kid-friendly beginner’s cookbook.

When it comes to baking, even the littlest hands are eager to start mixing up tasty treats. Super Simple Baking for Kids equips new bakers with the most fun and easiest-ever recipes to whip up. Cookies, muffins, and cakes galore are sure to leave even grown-ups asking for more.

Beginning with the basics, kids ages six to eight will learn key baking skills like how to separate eggs or knead dough. When these techniques are mastered, they can cook up over 55 super yummy recipes with confidence. (If only they were old enough to do the dishes!)

This kids baking cookbook includes:

  • Kids Baking tutorials―Kids learn all about equipment, safety, and skills they need to be successful in the kitchen.
  • Easy as 1,2,3―Recipes use 5-10 ingredients max, no fancy equipment, and are labeled in degree of easiness.
  • Fun foods―Making eating just as fun as baking with sweet and savory recipes like Rainbow Sprinkle Whoopie Pies, Apple-Cider Doughnut Cake, Soft Pretzels and more.

The sweetest treat you’ll find in this kids baking cookbook is even better than something you can eat―it’s the memories you’ll cook up.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Super Simple Baking for Kids is more than a cookbook for kids ages 6 to 10. It begins with the basics of baking, explaining simple things that a parent may not even think of having to explain. It continues to teach basics throughout the book as needed.

On the left side of the pages are tips. Many of the tips are just instructing to have an adult do something that could be harmful to a child such as removing something from the oven. Other tips are interesting and useful. I even learned how to make buttermilk!

At the end of the book are conversion tables and a difficulty index for the recipes. They’re rated by 1, 2, or 3 muffins.

I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet but I plan on doing them with my grandson when I can. This book is a great learning tool and teaches baking basics to children. What a great way to spend a couple of hours with a child.

About the Author

CHARITY CURLEY MATHEWS is a former executive at HGTV.com and MarthaStewart.com, who’s now a family food writer and speaker, contributor to Food Network, and founder of Foodlets. com, a website full of kid-tested recipes and ideas for teaching kids to love real food. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and four small kids on a tiny farm, currently home to two naughty Lab rescues, eight chickens, two bunnies, and 100,000 bees.

Book Review: The Big Keto Desserts Book by Ellen Branson

The Keto Diet is a common trend nowadays. We have a good awareness about keto trends. It is a diet that contains a good amount of fats and some proteins as well. However, it is low in carbohydrates. Keto desserts are made sugar-free, and this is done by using sugar substitutes.
If you eat keto desserts, then your body will have a lesser amount of sugars floating in blood. Lower blood glucose levels will eventually lead to a lower production of insulin.

 

 

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read this book not because I’m interested in the Keto Diet but because I’m a diabetic and was interested in the sugar-free recipes. All of these recipes are sugar-free and use other sweeteners. One of those, erythritol, causes no alteration in blood sugar levels. Although some of these recipes are very high in fat, some such as the different flavored Fat Bombs (chocolate, cookie dough, etc.) aren’t too bad.

If you’re on the Keto Diet, this is a great book to use for when you want something sweet. The best thing I learned was the different sweeteners that can be used as an alternative to sugar.

 

 

 

About the Author

Ellen Branson is a nutrition expert and phycologist. 

After struggling with her weight throughout half of her life, Ellen decided to study nutrition and wellness. Now she is a mother of 3, health and nutrition consultant, teaching culinary classes and cookbook author. Her passion is to develop delicious and easy recipes, that will still be healthy and healing for the body. Ellen’s passion is to help people reclaim their health, lose weight, feel happy and fulfilled and enjoy their food and cooking process.

 

 

 

Book Review: Christmas Recipes From Five of Your Favorite Authors

What’s better than sharing some favorite recipes for the holiday season? It brings together family traditions and love.

There is a recipe for everyone. Including: vegetarian, vegan, main courses, side dishes, drinks, and of course luscious desserts.

Available on Amazon.

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

There are quite a few recipes in this book that I plan on trying out over this holiday season. It’s been a while since I’ve found a recipe book that had more than 1 or 2 recipes that I wanted to try. I’m excited to try them and I’ve already printed out several.

Christmas Recipes From Five of Your Favorite Authors has a variety of recipes from main dishes to desserts. If you’re looking for new recipes for the holidays, this book would be a good one to check out.

 

About the Authors

Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband. Sharon is a multi-published author of contemporary romance.

Twitter: sharonkleve
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Jennifer Conner is a best-selling Northwest author who has sixty full length, novellas and short stories in ebook, print and audiobook. She writes in Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance, and Erotica. 
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Angela Ford originates from Nova Scotia…Canada’s Ocean Playground! Her love of the ocean and sunsets are always in her heart and give her inspiration. Her love for words keeps her turning the page. She is never without a book, whether she’s reading or writing. Her dedication and involvement with cyber safety seminars gave her an Award of Distinction and sparked the idea for her first book Closure. You can follow her at www.bookstogonow.com or visit her website at www.angelafordauthor.com
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