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

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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. ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Hachette Books (first published October 13th 2008)
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Sarah Eiseman
Jul 28, 2012 Sarah Eiseman rated it it was amazing
A friend turned me onto Stephanie O’Dea, the creator of the popular blog Crockpot365, and subsequently this book (and the following book). I love my slow cooker. Not with quite the same fanatic devotion that O’Dea does, but I’m definitely getting there. I tried the BBQ Chicken and Cornbread recipe, which used up some leftover rotisserie chicken and added one of my favorite vices, bottled BBQ sauce. It was crazy-good! Next, I made a Blueberry Buckle. This was my first time making a dessert in a a ...more
Jan 22, 2011 Tricia rated it really liked it
Typically I don't review cookbooks but WOW! I liked this cookbook even though it goes against my long established belief that cookbooks should have a photograph for each recipe and has NO photos. In this case, the omission is forgiveable. This collection of recipes are gluten-free. Yes, gluten-free, a total bonus for many households. The recipes range from beverages to breakast to beans to side dishes to meats to desserts and everything in between. Almost all entries have a "verdict"...the autho ...more
Apr 18, 2011 Rynell rated it really liked it
I've made several of these recipes this week. So far, the recipes are a hit! Trying to feed a family where two people can't eat gluten has not been easy. O'Dea's recipes have changed all that. Crock pots are not just for making tender pot roasts. The author challenged herself to make dinners from her crock pot to feed her family for an entire year. The recipes are tasty, diverse and family-friendly. O'Dea includes parenthetical options for making each meal gluten-free, however the cookbook can b ...more
Dec 02, 2009 Kennedy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food
Omigosh I love this book and its recipes!

I love using a crock-pot, but have trouble finding good new recipes for it. I am so excited to try so many of her recipes, and hers are not your standard meat item + cream 'o whatever soup.

I will be buying several more copies for Christmas gifts.

I do read O'Dea's blog (, but wanted the actual book for easier cooking.

In addition on many recipes, O'Dea writes the verdict of friends and family. I loved this addition. It makes this
Mary Beth
Jan 25, 2011 Mary Beth rated it it was amazing
Seriously, the best slow cooker cookbook out there. It's recipes that require REAL ingredients, rather than cream-of-some-fat-salt-preservative-who-knows-what-filled soup. I've se far made three recipes in a week and they've all turned out perfectly. A must-have for any parent/time-deprived adult who wants to feed their family/themselves good food with minimal effort.
 Barb Bailey
Feb 23, 2016 Barb Bailey rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, 2016
Melisa brought this book home from her library. I read through it and found quite a few new recipes I want to make. I have been cooking for over 40 years so often when I look at a new cookbook there is little new recipes that I want to try because I have so many tried and true . This would be a great book for younger cooks and working parents .
Sep 18, 2009 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Update* So far each recipe I've tried has been eaten up by everyone with no complaints. Yes! Our favorites are broccoli beef and the lemon chicken. Mmmmm. *

I really enjoy her website:
and am looking forward to her book.
Sep 05, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Love, Love, Love. At the bottom of the recipe she writes how it turned out. Her charming whit will make you smile, or laugh. I got this book at the library, but will be buying it soon.
H Grimes
Jun 10, 2017 H Grimes rated it it was amazing
I recently moved into a new apartment, and it turns out the oven/stove are barely functional. After the landlord "fixed" it when he finally tired of our weeks of complaining, it no longer catches on fire, which is definitely an improvement, but the appliance is still temperamental as hell and is more for raging at and not for cooking. Seeking alternatives, I browsed through the small selection of slow cooker cookbooks at my library with the hope of developing a more intimate relationship with my ...more
Jun 19, 2017 Jill rated it really liked it
This is full of great recipes if you are interested in trying out crockpot meals. I made only 1 so far, but it was great & made me feel almost proud of myself for eating healthy & planning out a whole meal instead of throwing something together when I get hungry.
Mar 09, 2017 Sandy rated it it was ok
Slow cooking from cans.
Mar 19, 2017 Erica rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking
I typically shy away from crock pot recipes. While they are convenient, I think it is difficult to get a lot of solid flavor/serve something that doesn't look like goop. However, as a working mom, the crock pot is, at times, inevitable. This is a pretty good recipe book and has a lot of healthy options, too.
Nov 28, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: slow cooker fans
I have been a big fan of Stephanie O'Dea's food blog, A Year of Slow Cooking for a couple of years now. As a working mom who treasures home-cooked family dinners, I couldn't survive without my crockpot. I have experimented some with my crockpot, but I must admit that I mainly stick to family favorites. When I look up a recipe on her website, it's usually to get directions for something I've already decided to make.

When I discovered that she'd written some cookbooks, I thought it'd be interestin
Nov 22, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: slow cooker fans
I have been a big fan of Stephanie O'Dea's food blog, A Year of Slow Cooking for a couple of years now. As a working mom who treasures home-cooked family dinners, I couldn't survive without my crockpot. I have experimented some with my crockpot, but I must admit that I mainly stick to family favorites. When I look up a recipe on her website, it's usually to get directions for something I've already decided to make.

When I discovered that she'd written some cookbooks, I thought it'd be interestin
Enjoyed the introduction - informative, yet fun. Also includes "the verdict" on most recipes - which she made for her family while using her slow cooker every day for a single year ( The Verdict contains some humorous anecdotes:"my kids seem to have thought that they were spicy (makes no sense whatsoever and weren't thrilled with the bits of skin I left on (I like a bit of skin, but apparently the kids find it highly offensive)."
Some of the recipes were dumb. Yogur
Feb 13, 2017 Laura rated it really liked it
So many recipes I want to try *and* I don't have to convert them to gluten-free! One star off for no photos.
May 16, 2010 Carolyn rated it it was amazing
seriously. i know what you are thinking... my friend, jolie, recommended this as a good cook book, and i thought, 'crock pot? what is this 1982?'... and i figured everything would start off, 'take some chicken, add some cream of mushroom soup'.. but i absolutely stand corrected. so far everything has been delicious - the kids have absolutely gobbled it all up, and my husband is the envy of all at his work when he brings his leftovers in for lunch.
mongolian beef=better than i've had in any restau
Feb 24, 2010 Deb rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cooks
This is great cookbook. There's stuff in here, to cook in your crockpot, that I never would have thought of. There are gluten-free options, and whole grain suggestions. The author has "Results" notes under most of the recipes - and the comments are quite helpful, and very funny. If you're into crockpotting, you'll want this. For a few of the recipes, I plan to make the dish, just not in a crockpot. Some things are just easier done on the stove. A note: from my own observation, crockpots can real ...more
Nov 02, 2009 Monique rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-cooking
I love crockpot meals - prep the meal when it's convenient and at 6pm the house smells great and you have a home cooked meal ready to go. I didn't find anything earth-shattering here, but I gave it 4* because every recipe is available for free on the blog the book it written from, along with many comments/suggestions from readers. It's definitely worth at least 4* for anyone gluten-free who likes crockpot meals. I liked the baked oatmeal so much I ate it every day for two weeks. I also liked the ...more
So, I'm not so great with my slow cooker.
I can make soup and stew... and beans.
Most of the cookbooks out there feature 22 varieties of chili. Don't get me wrong! Chili can be fine, but I really only eat it a couple of times a year.
But then came Stephanie O'Dea... Everything I've made in this book has been great:
Acorn Squash,
Honey Apricot duck
Horseradish scalloped potatoes
duck tikka masala
That's just from the last week.
Not everything needs to be sauce-tastic, but it does need to be fantastic and
Nov 24, 2009 Janet rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbook
This book was published as a result of a blog ( chronicled the author's commitment to use her slowcooker every day for a year. Obviously there are a lot of recipes here because of that, but unfortunately a lot of them seem uninspired and routine. Many recipes I would not bother cooking this way (soups, sidedishes and desserts) and instead would whip them up right on the stove or in the oven. She does alert the reader to take a look at the blog itself if you w ...more
Mar 08, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it
This collection of recipes covers some unusual ground--most slow-cooker cookbooks tend toward canned and/or packaged ingredients while this one moves beyond that. There's a good selection of whole grains, fresh vegetables, even tofu recipes. The risotto recipe was very good as well as the presidential chili. She's included stock and broth recipes that I haven't tried yet but will as it seems to be an ideal way to prepare them. I would have given this an additional star but for the fact that she ...more
Rachel Rogers
Mar 25, 2013 Rachel Rogers rated it it was amazing
After getting this from the library I flagged about 20 recipes that I want to try. The first is currently in my slow cooker so we'll see if they live up to their descriptions. These aren't your typical slow cooker recipes of "mix with a can of cream of ______ soup and cook for 6-8 hours". These have a wide range of ingredients, some of which sound downright peculiar (pomegranate beef? using the juice not the fruit). If even half of the recipes I'm trying come out well it will be a huge improveme ...more
Mar 15, 2010 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, foods
I checked this out of the library at the recommendation of a friend and it definitely did not dissapoint. To this day, it's my go to rec when a patron needs a great slow cooker/crock pot book.

Word to the wise - in the mac and cheese recipe when it says to stir every so often, FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. If you don't you'll get a gelatinous pile of cheese goop. I can't fault my own user error, though.

Want a preview? The author has a blog:
with tons of amazing recipes.
Jan 02, 2010 Stephani rated it it was amazing
I REALLY love this book! I had no idea my crockpot was so versatile (I did not know I could cook baked potatoes, corn on the cob and steak all at the same time, let alone have them all be ready at the same time out of my crockpot). There is something divine about the scent of my dinner wafting through my house during the day. We have tried multiple recipes from this book, each of which have been met with the enthusiastic approval of my husband. We enjoy the chimichangas in particular. Happy Eati ...more
Dec 16, 2011 Naomi rated it it was amazing
I love this cookbook. There are NUMEROUS recipes I make out of this cookbook. I ended up purchasing the book because it is used so often. The only criticism I have about this book, is the cooking times listed in the book seem off. Frequently, my food is ready long before the author states in they will be ready. I spoke with another person who has this book and she stated the same thing. I still can't be convinced that it is not our crockpots vs. the author's mistake, so I didn't deduct it from m ...more
Jun 21, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
Great crockpot cookbook, I could probably use it for every meal if I really wanted to. The author includes the regular old slow cooker recipes that combine the basics: meat, liquid, veggies/beans, etc., but she also includes recipes that you would never think could be done in a crock pot like creme brulee (haven't tried that one yet). I have cooked probably about half the recipes in the book, mostly the dinner recipes, and so far I've liked all but one. Recommended to fans of slow cookers, espec ...more
Feb 22, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
I liked this one; it was fun to read. I did like many of the recipes although the ones I'd like and the ones my family would like would be wildly different. There were a lot of meat recipes, I'd have loved more meat-free options and I'd have loved nutrition information to be included. In fact, if it was included, I'd probably buy my own copy of this one. But most of these were fairly practical, some look really good, and I loved the gluten-free options! It's so nice to know they've been done wit ...more
Mar 04, 2010 Clare rated it did not like it
If you don't care how pretty your foods looks, and you have extra time in the morning, this book is great. I'm struggling with timing things right so they'll be done and on the table when my husband gets home at 5:30.

Some recipes are a hit, others, not so much. I got so excited to make a bunch of these recipes but didn't have the right sized crock-pots to do it. Did you now there are 1-quart, 2-quart, 4-quart, 5-quart and 6 quart crock-pots? Wha what?
Ivonne Rovira
Apr 27, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every level of cook
Call me a snob: I didn't expect that blogger Stephanie O'Dea would have created such an excellent cookbook, but it's one of the best ones I've ever perused. Nearly every one of these recipes is one that I'll be trying.

I would recommend this book to cooks at every stage, from novices to old hands. The Kindle edition costs just $1.99, but it would be a bargain at 10 times that price.
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STEPHANIE O’DEA is a New York Times best-selling author and award-winning blogger who has been featured on Rachael Ray and Good Morning America. Her websites garner over a million hits a month, and she currently has over 60,000 email subscribers.
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