Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker
Author: Robin Robertson · Subject: Cookbooks
Fresh from the Vegan Slow-Cooker provides practical guidance on how to work with different models of slow-cookers, taking into account the sizes of various machines, the variety of settings they offer, and the quirks and personalities of each device. She addresses any lingering skepticism readers may have about whether slow-cookers can have delicious, meat-free applications, and she shows how to take into account the water content of vegetables and the absorptive qualities of grains when vegan slow-cooking.
Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker includes eleven recipe chapters, four of which focus on main courses. There are homey and comforting foods in the American and European style, such as a Rustic Pot Pie Topped with Chive Biscuits and a Ziti with Mushroom and Bell Pepper Ragu, and there are lots of East Asian, South and Southeast Asian, and Mexican/Latin dishes, too.
Beans, which cook slowly under any circumstance, are fabulously well-suited to the slow cooker, and Robertson includes such appealing recipes as a Crockery Cassoulet and a Greek-Style Beans with Tomatoes and Spinach. Eighteen robust chilis and stews—two more categories that do well in the slow-cooker—include a warming Chipotle Black Bean Chili with Winter Squash and a surprising but yummy Seitan Stroganoff. Beyond the mains, there are chapters devoted to snacks and appetizers, desserts, breads and breakfasts, and even one on drinks.
The many soy-free and gluten-free recipes are clearly identified. Altogether, the collection offers readers loads of ways to expand their vegan repertoire and to get maximum value from their investment in a slow-cooker.
About the Author
A longtime vegan, Robin Robertson has more than twenty cookbooks, including Vegan on the Cheap, 1,000 Vegan Recipes, Vegan Planet, Veganize It!, Quick-Fix Vegan, and Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker.
Before she began writing cookbooks, Robin was a restaurant chef and cooking teacher. When she left the restaurant business in the late 1980s, Robin became vegan for ethical reasons. Over the years, she has fine-tuned her vegan diet into an eclectic and healthful cooking style which she thinks of as a creative adventure with an emphasis on the vibrant flavors of global cuisines and fresh ingredients.
In addition to writing cookbooks, Robin has written for VegNews Magazine, Vegetarian Times, and others.
“I’ve had my slow cooker for about 5 years, and I never used it to make anything except vegan chili and some applesauce. It seemed to me to be a waste of cupboard space…until now. I have attempted to use other vegan slow cooker books, but with no success. Recipes always failed. I’m not sure it it was lack of recipe testing or what. Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker has yielded nothing but excellent food. The times and quantities are spot-on, though I do tend to add a smidge more salt. I’m just a picky cook, though. Of the 7 recipes I’ve tried so far, I have had great success. She really knows how to balance flavors to make a dish taste great. I can’t recommend this book enough! It has made me excited to use my slow cooker.” – R. Brown, Amazon
“I’m a big fan of my slow cooker and an even bigger fan of Robin Robertson, so I was super excited when I heard she was working on a slow cooker book. I use my slow cooker a lot during the cooler months, as I love coming home to a hot, cooked meal waiting for me. If you’re new to slow cookers, you’re in luck, because Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker starts out with an extensive chapter on slow cooker basics. Everything you could possibly imagine cooking up in your slow cooker is covered here, from snacks and appetizers to dessert and drinks with a plethora of tasty dishes in between. Did you know that you can make pizza in a slow cooker? I didn’t either! You can even make bread, marmalade and cheesecake! Robin’s simple instructions make cooking just about anything in the slow cooker seem easy. She also gives gluten-free and soy-free options, so there’s really something for everyone in this book. I’ve made about 6 dishes from Fresh From the Vegan Slow Cooker already, and every one of them has been delicious. So far my favorites have been the Rustic Potpie Topped with Chive Biscuits and the Wine-Braised Seitan and Cremini Mushrooms. Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker is already full of bookmarks for dishes I want to make, so I know my slow cooker will be working overtime this fall, and I’m sure I’ll have new favorite recipes soon!” – Dianne, Amazon