Fix-It And Forget-It Big Cookbook: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes

January 29, 2010 · Posted in Bestselling Cooking Books 

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Fix-It and Forget-It Big CookbookBy Phyllis Pellman Good”Finally, all in one handsome volume, the best 1400 slow-cooker recipes! New York Times bestselling author Phyllis Pellman Good has gathered the biggest collection of tantalizing, best-ever slow-coo… More >>

Fix-It And Forget-It Big Cookbook: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes

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5 Responses to “Fix-It And Forget-It Big Cookbook: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes”

  1. Leonard W. Butler on January 29th, 2010 3:40 pm

    It’s going to take some time to try out all 1400 recipes in this book.

    Thanks -Marilyn Butler
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Raymundo Guzman on January 29th, 2010 6:22 pm

    Came in a timely matter. Right to my front door, very well wrapped and shipped. Product was in excellent condition. Very Satisfied.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Intellipak Usa on January 29th, 2010 6:40 pm

    Great Book with some fun and interesting recipes. But like anything else, they are all starting points for everyones’ own taste. Dont be afraid to experiment!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Donna Sher on January 29th, 2010 8:24 pm

    I had been watching for this cookbook to be released and was excited when I finally received it. The recipes are great, as always. This would make a great gift for a wedding gift.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Amanda on January 29th, 2010 8:25 pm

    Physical Attributes

    * Bright colorful eye catching yellow cover, plain blue and black text, 662 pages of recipes and tips

    * Photos of delectable dishes and drawings of slow cookers on cover, inside few pictures vs. the number of recipes offered

    * Table of contents organized by courses and broken down into food type (beef, chicken, etc.)

    Intended Audience

    * Beginner or amateur cooks

    * Time pressed individuals

    * American regional cooking with simple ingredients without much foreign flair

    Scientific Basis

    * Mentions safe temperatures for meats – no citation

    * No definition of what makes a recipe “light.” Nutrient analysis for “light” recipes – no source/citation. need to question the accuracy of the nutrient analysis

    * No other nutrition information provided

    Main Message/ Theme

    Good cooking is possible with little time and experience. Easy to understand, easy to cook, easy to eat.

    The recipes in the book are neatly organized by course and then divided into types of meat. There are a few pictures placed strategically between pages of the recipes to entice you, with reference to the page number. Each page has approximately 2-3 recipes on it with tips, suggestions, variations, and reviews from individuals. Recipes are clear and consistent. Each recipe includes how many servings are made, preparation time, cooking time, and the ideal slow cooker size to use. Ingredients are normal easy to find at the store. They are listed in bold, and in the order and form they are used. Cooking times are ranged to accommodate older slow cookers that would need extra cooking time. The book was designed with a step-by-step guide for every recipe that are numbered clearly in blue.

    The cookbook does not clarify what qualifies the recipe as a “light” item. The “light” recipes have nutritional analysis that includes calories, calories from fat, total fat, saturated and trans, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrate, fiber, sugar, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. However, it does not tell the reader what the serving size is. Most “light” recipes use low-fat, sugar free, low-sodium etc. options for ingredients that seem to reward them the “light” label. Some “light” recipes have high calorie content, such as 170 calories for one serving of French Vanilla Eggnog or the Chicken Noodle Soup with Vegetables that has 440 calories per serving with 175mg cholesterol, over 58% of the DV of cholesterol. Other recipes may be considered a “light” recipe, but is not labeled, such as the Mjeddrah, Easy Wheatberries, or Holiday Spice Punch.

    Good Points

    * Homemade recipes sent and reviewed from America cooks with credit given to each recipe

    * Straight forward easy recipes

    * Enjoyed tips through book

    * Back pages had equivalent measurements, substitutions, and equipment for the kitchen

    * Has comments from people that have tasted the recipe, a nice touch

    * Index organized by ingredients and recipe

    * Many recipes to suit any taste or craving

    Bad Points

    * With the intention of the author to have a no fuss, no photo, easy to use cookbook, it has few photos. I personally like photos, I like to see what I’d be cooking.

    * Does not define what “light” is or the source of the nutrient analysis used

    * Tells how many servings a dish serves, but not how much one serving is

    * No glossary

    * Since it is a large book, would benefit from tabs, or indentations for quick access to recipes

    * Tons of recipes, a bit overwhelming

    This book is perfect for beginner cooks, and people who are pressed for time, but would recommend for any cook at any level. It is easy to read. Ingredients are simple, easy to find anywhere. Mainly for people who are looking for American cooking, does not have many ethnic dishes. Would recommend nutritional analysis for all recipes and not only “light” recipes. Many of the recipes could be labeled “light” if they substituted one or two ingredients. The author could include in her tips and variations healthier alternatives to some ingredients. Would not recommend book for someone looking for “light” recipes because some are misleading. The other five Fix-it and Forget-it books are ranged from $15-$20 retail price. If one were to purchase this book alone, it would be an initial investment of $29.95, but great bargain since it contains recipes from the series.

    Rating: 4 / 5

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