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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook Review

 The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook
Author:  Christina Dymock
Published:  March 2014
Publisher:  Cedar Fort Publishing
Format:  e-book in PDF format
Pages:  168
Source:  Cedar Fort Publishing
ISBN: 978146113620 

It's every busy mother's dream-come-true: dinner that makes itself! With the help of your trusty slow cooker and these healthy, easy recipes like Peppery Cilantro Salmon, Sausage Stew, and Dark Chocolate Mini Cakes, you can put dinner on the table even on the craziest of days. Don t let the whirlwind of life stop you from feeding your family the food they deserve -- delicious, home-cooked meals straight from your slow cooker.  (Amazon)

My thoughts:

I love my slow cooker!  When our children were younger it was a real life saver because I could throw the ingredients in and let it take over.  Regardless of what I had up that day, whether it was volunteering on a field trip or home with a sick kid, I knew a delicious hot meal would be ready when everyone gathered together at the end of the day.  When I went back to work full-time my slow-cooker was a priceless necessity.  

Recently I've discovered new dishes in the slow cooker such as pulled pork sandwiches from a pork loin and barbecued beef on a bun (a lengthy process but so worth it!)  So when author Christina Dymock asked if I would review The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook I enthusiastically said yes.

From chapters on the benefits of slow cooking, caring for your slow cooker, food safety tips to the recipes section which includes beef; poultry; seafood, pork and other good stuff; chili (an entire section of chili recipes!); sides; soups and stews (my favourite section); and desserts; there's sure to be something for everyone!!  There's also a page of measurement equivalents, an index and a few pages for you to make your own notes or add your own tried and true recipes.

If you are in Draper, Utah be sure to check out her book launch party March 27/14!!  There's even a draw for a family-sized slow cooker!

I selected a few recipes to try out to add to this review but I've been down and out with bronchitis so that pretty much put a damper on things.  A trip to the grocery store isn't very appealing at this point.  However, I did have the ingredients for Pumpkin Pudding Cake.  I wanted to do the unusual (for me) in the slow cooker so a dessert it was.  It turned out fine.  The texture was cake like.  I like a bit more flavour so if I were to make it again I'd add more cinnamon and cloves.  There are plenty others I will make like the Dark Chocolate Mini Cake or Berries and Cream.  They look delicious!

The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook would be a wonderful gift for the new couple starting out, a young busy family, and the new empty nester (that's me pretty soon).  

The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook is available at:

Christina Dymock graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. She has been published in Woman’s World magazine and in several Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She is also the author of 101 Things to Do with Popcorn and Young Chefs: Cooking Skills & Recipes for Kids. She resides in Central Utah with her husband and four children.  You can follow their cooking adventures at


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