cool crock pot cookbooks

by Diane Lofshult on Oct 01, 2004

Food for Thought

When the weather turns cold, many smart cooks turn to the comfort and convenience of their crock pot for hearty, healthy, one-dish meals. According to a study by Betty Crocker Kitchens, 80 percent of American households owned a slow cooker in 2002.

If you are considering adding a crock pot to your cooking arsenal, experts recommend that you buy an oval-shaped pot because it can hold meats of different size and shape. The crock pot should also have at least three settings: keep warm, warm and hot. Look for a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker to accommodate family-sized meals, and choose one with a removable insert, which can expedite the cleaning process.

Here are some new cookbooks designed especially for crock pot meals:

  • Betty Crocker More Slow Cooker Recipes: All-New Recipes Made Easier Than Ever (Wiley Publishing 2004)

  • The Gourmet Slow Cooker: Simple and Sophisticated Meals From Around the World by Lynn Alley (Ten Speed Press 2003)

  • Pillsbury Doughboy Slow Cooker Recipes (Clarkson N. Potter 2003)

  • Better Homes and Gardens Simple Slow Cooker Recipes (Meredith Books 2004)

  • Busy People’s Slow Cooker Cookbook by Dawn Hall (Rutledge Hill Press 2003)

  • 101 Things to Do With a Slow Cooker by Stephanie Ashcraft and Janet Eyring (Gibbs Smith 2003)

  • Better Homes and Gardens Low-Carb Slow Cooker Recipes (Meredith Books 2003)

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Diane Lofshult

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Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach, California. Reach her at