The Vegan Slow Cooker: Simply Set It and Go with 150 Recipes for Intensely Flavorful, Fuss-Free Fare Everyone (Vegan or Not
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The Vegan Slow Cooker: Simply Set It and Go with 150 Recipes for Intensely Flavorful, Fuss-Free Fare Everyone (Vegan or Not

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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 vega...more
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Published October 1st 2011 by Fair Winds Press (MA) (first published January 1st 2011)
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Lisa Vegan
Feb 05, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: all cooks who use a slow cooker and most vegans
So, I don’t have a slow cooker and might never get one. My building’s electricity is such that I wouldn’t trust leaving it plugged in when I wasn’t home. A friend gave me a pressure cooker years ago and so far it’s gone unused. I think the same thing might happen to its opposite, although this book sure makes it tempting to get and use a slow cooker.

Why am I giving this book 5 stars when most dishes list at least one ingredient I don’t like and there is not a photo for every recipe, and I don’t...more
I got this cookbook because a) I really fail at cooking, but slow-cooker cooking is the sort of thing I’m least likely to fail at, and b) in a fit of insanity, my husband and I joined a CSA this summer, and I’m anticipating this huge increase of vegetables into my household come June and I don’t know what I’m going to do with them all.

I don’t even like vegetables.

I have no idea what I could have been thinking when I made this particular food decision.

But anyway, I grabbed this particular cookb...more
This is a fantastic cookbook with lots of interesting recipes for vegans, vegetarians, and even their carnivorous counterparts. I was looking for a good vegetarian crockpot cookbook because my other one is a bit bland. I was immediately sold on this one for a handful of reasons: Hester actually makes use of fake meat in her recipes, which adds some nice variety; the collection has a broad range of unique recipes (not just the regular stews and soups, but baked goods in a crock pot?! + lots of In...more
Finally inspired to buy a slow cooker to make cooking huge batches of beans easier, I had to get a cookbook to go alongside. The layout of the recipes is helpful, telling you if you need a smaller cooker or to double or triple a recipe if you only have a larger one. She also includes simple steps (like sauteing) that need to be done the night before.

I haven't made very much yet, but there are a ton of recipes that look good. So far I've made:

~Dry Beans from Scratch 5*
~Split Pea & Lentil Soup...more
This book inspired me to buy a crockpot and I haven't turned back. It is probably not for a person who is new to being vegan or vegetarian--or looking for specific brand recommendations and step-by-step but as someone who has been vegetarian for 5 years and has never used a cookbook I had no problem making the recipes. Everything I have made has been super tasty, including the granola. I've also been inspired to make my own staples like cooking and freezing beans, sauce, etc. from scratch. I hav...more
The three things I've made so far tasted really good but I had to make several educated guesses. This book skimps on the directions, which I feel is pretty unacceptable for a cookbook. Also, most cookbooks with recipes that call for ethnic or health food store ingredients give specific details guiding the reader on exactly what to buy, often listing particular brands and suggesting stores that carry the items. This book just says "soy chorizo" and "throw it in the slow cooker". Do I mince it, cr...more
I'm not a vegan (or even a vegetarian) but I got this cookbook because I wanted to try to make some healthy vegetable main entrees. I was a little disappointed in it. For one thing, I didn't have a smaller crock pot that seems necessary for some of the recipes. I did, however, go out and buy one because of this book. I had wanted more recipes that did not incorporate a meat substitute but it seems like a lot of the recipes in here used meat substitutes. Also, some of the recipes seemed a little...more
I gave this book one star because it includes a few good tips and tricks for using a slow cooker. I've made almost all of the recipes in the book and was only pleased with two or three soups.

As someone who is adapting a whole-foods, mostly vegan diet I am disappointed with this book. Almost every recipe has a fake meat replacement or soy product in it, rather than experimenting with much healthier ingredients like beans or vegetables to find the right texture replacement in the dishes - from a...more
Book 29 2012 Reading Challenge. This cookbook rated okay for me mainly because so mainly of the recipes try to be meat substitutes--using meat substitutes and using names like Chic and Dumplings or Chic Cattiatoria. I felt the philosophy was off. Is it really important to taste like ,be like, but not be meat? Why not just be meat free, dairy free, and whole foods, and be okay with that? Perhaps, because it might be tough to do in a slow cooker. I don't know; this is the first slow cook vegan coo...more
I already loved my slow cooker, but this book has made me appreciate it even more! So many ideas (much more than the expected soups and stews) and easy-to-find ingredients inside. I like the layout of the recipes and the suggestions of how you can prepare the ingredients ahead of time for optimal time savings (sauteing onions/garlic the night before, etc.) With the variety of recipes inside, I think I will have vegetable inspirations for many many years to come.
Way too many fake meat substitutes (I'd say 85-90% of the recipes), and not enough focus on legumes, veggies, + whole grains instead. It also lacked creativity with seasonings -- almost every soup recipe called for the same 'chicken' bouillon seasoning as a base. I'll try not to ramble on about the typos I found...
I found several recipes in this book that I plan to make! Good instructions and photos, and the recipes seem doable.
Shannon McEwen
My husband and I have to go completely vegan for about 12 weeks in a last desperate attempt to lose some significant weight and it has to be done properly, by eating a real variety of whole foods, not just a pile of rice and tofu. So I picked this up hoping there would be some stuff I could actually do in the crockpot during the week. Alas, the cooking times are all too short for any use of the slow cooker while we're at work (Who is this woman who thinks no one leaves their house for more than...more
I both loved and hated this cookbook. The recipes were pretty simple, and most of them sounded delicious. I liked how the author broke down many of the recipes into "The Night Before" and "In The Morning". and even though this wasn't a gluten free cookbook, many of the recipes were or could be made gluten free, as well as vegan. Perfect for me.
However, I disagree with the author on artificial flavoring and processed vegan substitutes. I think that's mainly what it comes down to. I don't want to...more
The Vegan Slow Cooker is a perfect cookbook for busy vegans who want healthy, delicious recipes. With everything from Enchilada Casserole, Vegan Apple Sausage, Philadelphia-Style Portobello Cheesesteak Sandwiches, and Mango Coconut Rice Pudding, these recipes are tasty, but require little-to-no hands on time. The recipes are diverse, ranging from Chick'n Marsala to Pumpkin and White Bean Lasagna, and Sweet Potato and Chard Dal to Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. This book really contains a bit of something...more
Joelle Anthony
I've made six things. Sweet and sour smoked tofu, pumpkin oatmeal, chickeny seitan, chickeny stock, kung pao chickeny, some cornmeal tofu loaf I forget the name of.

The stock stuff is okay, and the seitan is pretty good (I like the texture), but the other stuff was pretty blah. My husband who eats everything ate each meal when it was fresh fairly enthusiastically but didn't eat any of the leftovers, which he always does. I won't be trying anything else from this and will return it to the library....more
Shana Simmons
An amazing yet simple vegan cook book, and with all slow cooker recipes it can't any easier. I can't wait to try these recipes!
Nice collection of recipes!
While I haven't yet made any of the recipes so this review may be premature, I got this book yesterday and it was so engrossing I ended up reading it cover to cover and tabbing all the "to make" recipes. Her explanations of recipes are really clear and I love that she breaks recipes up to things you can do the night before. That's helpful. I also like that she included how to make staples like beans and seitan with a slow cooker, not just stews and soups. I am looking forward to cooking up a sto...more
A great cookbook full of 150 recipes that shows that slow cookers are for far more than cooking meat dishes. I have a bunch of recipes tagged to make but the Hungarian Mushroom Soup (modeled after the classic Moosewood recipe but using cashew cream in place of sour cream) was delicious.

Here's a link to the recipe:
January 2014:
I like the recipe write ups, and there are a lot of recipes I want to try. I've got a slow-cooker now, so I'm going to give these a go!

June 2012:
Makes me wish I had a slow-cooker, I have my eye on one and am hoping it will go on sale soon! Love the sound of a number of these, particularly the breads - didnt realise you could make them in here!
Meh. I don't follow a vegan diet, but I often look for inspiration from vegan recipes because of my lactose intolerance/egg allergy double-whammo. This cookbook winded up not being terribly useful to me; I was hoping it'd have a lot of vegetable-heavy recipes, but most of the meals center around a meat substitute (tofu, seitan, etc.) and those don't appeal to me. YMMV, of course!
I checked out this book in hopes of finding lots of good vegan recipes that I can throw into the crock-pot before work and have a delicious meal ready when I get home. Alas, the cook time on most recipes don't really allow for it. Some of the recipes seem like more work to use the crock-pot than not. But I'm willing to check some out, as the do sound yummy.
I have yet to make any of these, but as the crock pot queen, I know I'm going to LOVE these. The book is very simple to read and follow, unlike some other cookbooks I've encountered. The recipes are perfect for someone who is cooking for the vegan AND carnivore in the family. This book will definitely be my new best friend.
Totally life changing. I hadn't used my crockpot for YEARS before I read this. And I'm not even a vegan. Kathy's recipes are friendly, creative, approachable and delicious. I love the way she points out what you can prep the night before. Srsly, I am probably going to eventually cook every recipe in this book.
I've already made several of the recipes in this book and I love it. I also love that Hester provides recipes for basics such as vegan bouillon. It will definitely be a go-to in my kitchen and I'm really glad I decided to go ahead and purchase it.
I have made several recipes from this book and been very pleased with the results. I love making granola in the crock pot, but a word of warning: you do have to stir every 10 minutes and i felt mine was done at about 2.5 hours instead of 3-4.
We have loved everything we have made from this. The Hungarian Mushroom Soup is fantastic, as are the different ways of preparing greens (chana saag and the Asian greens are favorites so far). Returning to library and PURCHASING.
I've tried five recipes,and they've all been bland and watery. I am wondering about the diligence of the testers - this is just not delicious. After trying the almost inedible Corn Chowder, I am now giving up.
Terrific for busy vegans & also for those of us who, from disability or access, cannot spend long hours in the kitchen, but crave and need healthy, simple and delicious food.
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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, is the vegan blogger for Key Ingredient ( and writes for various publications such as Chickpea Magazine....more
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