With all the recipes out there, it's hard to know what actually stands out from the crowd. Here is our curated list, so you never lose track of the best recipes again. This list has something for everyone -- the slow cooker beginner, the healthy slow cooker, the pro slow cooker, and more!
1. "Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes!" by Phyllis Good
What makes this one a standout? For one, Good is a NY Times best-selling author with over 11 million book sales to her name. Second, this one features 1,400 tested slow cooker recipes by actual home cooks. The reviews rave about how easy they are the make. One reviewer even noted, "You also will save grocery money. Many recipes call for less expensive cuts of meat since cooking at a very low temperature all day will make meats as tender and juicy as the more expensive cuts." Easy, fast, and cheap?! You have me sold! Thank you Good for knowing why we love to slow cook! Available for purchase here.
2. "Get Crocked Slow Cooker 5 Ingredient Favorites: Simple & Delicious Meals" by Jenn Bare
Author Jenn Bare knows what it's like to be a busy mom. Her book features 200 recipes that only require 5-ingredients to make. One reviewer sums up this book well, "To date, I have bought 6 of these cookbooks! Everyone I have gifted the books to loves them and we have tried several recipes, which have been delicious! As a new mom with very little time, the recipes are quick and simple!" Available for purchase here.
3. "American Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook: 200 Low-Fuss, Good-for-You Recipes" by the American Heart Association
Slow cooking often times can come with the reputation of not being healthy. American Heart Association proves that being healthy is all about making the right choices. This book features 200 "low-fuss, good-for-you" recipes. But are the recipes tasty? One reviewer writes, "I can't say enough good things about this cookbook. Every single recipe I have tried has been a hit. The editors clearly carefully vetted and tested each recipe. The recipes are flavorful and unexpected. And they are still, somehow, low sodium and low fat." Interested to try this out? This book is available for purchase here.
4. "The Magical Slow Cooker: Recipes for Busy Moms" by Sarah Olson
Homechef Sarah Olson, best known for her blog "The Magical Slow Cooker," is no stranger to slow cooking. Her book features fantastic photos, easy recipes, and an original Olson touch. In fact, we've featured several of her recipes on our website! All the reviews say this is the best beginners book to slow cooking you can get. Want to get your friends and family on the slow cooking band wagon? This one is available for purchase here. Cover photo makes it for a great home decor item too!
5. "365 Slow Cooker Suppers" by Stephanie O'Dea
Who is Stephane O'Dea? According to her bio, New York Times best-selling author, award-winning blogger, and, most importantly, a mom of three. This book is the culmination of her expertise and experience as a slow cooker chef, giving readers one fast, simple, delicious meal each and every day for a year. One reviewer adds, "This cookbook is really great because true to her website's already well known 'formula' she tells you how to make the meal (FAST) and then tells you how long to cook it (SLOW) and then she tells you the 'verdict' of how well she and her family did (or didn't!) like the meal!" Want to make your own verdict? This book is available for purchase here.
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