Top critical review
6 people found this helpful
Decent content and could be an excellent book
on April 23, 2016
I wanted to find healthier and lower calorie items to make in my slow cooker and this book has recipes that I think both vegan and non-vegans can appreciate.
This book has doable recipes that don't have a lot of exotic items that tend to scare off carnivore; the recipes use ingredients like fresh or canned vegetables or fruit, vegetable broth. spices and herbs, vinegar or gluten-free soy sauce and other ingredients that you can probably find at your local supermarket.
It is unique in that it doesn't have a whole lot ingredients you would have to shop at a health food or specialty store and it isn't as heavily reliant on tofu like many other vegan cookbooks I have seen. It also has some desserts, which is nice, although I am not sure of the instruction on "Fast and Easy Brownies" where it is referencing putting into a springform and rack 3 in a slow cooker. Maybe it is fancier slow cooker than I own and I would hope that unless recipes are intended only for a specific model, that it would be based on a standard crock pot.
What needs improvement that keeps it from being a great book is that it needs:
- A Table of Contents - so you know the types of recipes and the names of dishes under each header
- Page numbers - it is aggravating to try to tell someone that you have recommended the book to try find a particular recipe easily but "just scroll
forward until you find it".
- Better layout - this may be an Amazon quirk or just the online Kindle viewer and not sure if it can be helped or not, but would be nice to have a
recipe on one page. Example: on the "Garden Tomato and Spinach Bisque" it is not necessary to put the directions of "Serve" at the end which
go on to a 2nd page.
If due to the number of ingredients or instructions that it does need to be 2 pages,in my Kindle viewer I can view 2 pages but it would be nice if
they were two pages that were together instead of having to flip over to the next page like on "Veggie Garden Stew".
Despite the drawbacks, whether you are a Vegan or not, or on a diet or not, it has a little of something that probably everyone could enjoy utilizing a slow cooker.