Slow Cooker Cookbook

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This article is about the original launch of our delicious Slow Cooker Cookbook. You can get an ebook copy of the book if you subscribe to my weekly newsletter full of recipe ideas and cooking tips.
Today I’m launching the new slow cooker cookbook Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: Healthy Slow Cooker Dinners from our Kitchens to Yours. To help with the launch, there are a slew of giveaways (giveaways are now closed) (over 30 slow cookers up for grabs! And copies and copies of the book, of course. And more!). Better yet, this book benefits Hunger Action Month. Find out how you can get this book and help end hunger at the same time!

Did you know that 46 million people in the US deal with hunger issues. 12 million of them are children. 7 million are seniors.

I don’t know what it’s really like to deal with hunger.

The closest I’ve come was when I was in college and too proud to tell my parents I’d run out of money. It was the end of the term and I was about to head home for the holidays. The fridge was empty, the cupboards were bare and I had no clue how I’d get to the airport for the the plane ride home my parents had bought me.

I was flipping through the mail, a big stack of bills and junk, when I came across a small hand-written envelope. From my Baba. It was an encouraging “good luck on your exams” note with a $5 bill tucked inside. I don’t know what she’d intended for me to spend the money on. Probably a post-exam beer or a coffee for late night study session.

I spent it on the airport bus.

A new term started after that, with a new influx of student loan money, thank god. And I vowed to be more careful with my lucky situation. Because even then I knew that my middle class upbringing, student loans, the chance to go to college, and the $5 last-minute-saves that I’d met at every turn really were luck. I hoped that others were so lucky. And if not, I hoped that I’d find some way to help.

Which is why I teamed up with my good friend Jennifer to publish a cookbook to help end hunger.

This book is full of slow cooker dinner recipes from our favorite bloggers. All of the recipes in the book use healthy whole ingredients and most of the recipes cost less than $3.00 per serving to make.

Healthy, cheap and convenient. It doesn’t get better than that.

Oh wait. It does!

Press the Play Arrow on this video to find out how to help fight hunger (and I’ll give you more details below of course). You’ll also get to see some of the beautiful photography the bloggers have contributed.

September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger.

We, a group of passionate food bloggers, have been mobilized and now we’re mobilizing others.

Over 30 food bloggers have contributed recipes to this book. Here’s one of my contributions, for a Tex-Mex Scalloped Potato and Carrot Dinner.

Tex Mex Scalloped Potatoes

We put all the original recipes together in a fabulous book, complete with slow cooking tips, tips for cooking affordably and price-per-serving on each recipe. And now that the book is for sale, we’re giving all of the proceeds from the print version of the book to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Get mobilized! Go and buy a copy on Amazon right now and start helping to end hunger.

In addition, the ebook version is being given as a free gift to food bank donors across the United States. If you click here and then donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida you will be given the link where you can download the free gift of this beautiful ebook. (There are two links. One is a pdf that is best viewed on computer. The other is an epub which is for ereaders and ipad using ibooks).

There’s more!

Together, San Miguel ProduceGrimmway Farms and Old Oak Farms by RPE Produce are making some big contributions to help end hunger. They are each contributing food to their local food banks AND they are giving $5 for every print copy of the book that we sell.

That’s in addition to the proceeds from the book that are already going to the food bank! When you buy a copy of the book here, you not only get a beautiful book sent to you in the mail, you also are getting these generous companies to make a donation to a worthy cause.*

PLUS, these sponsors, along with Hamilton Beach, have put together some amazing giveaways to help you get excited about this book.What are the Giveaways? (Giveaways now closed)

1) Each of the bloggers who contributed to the book is giving away two print copies of our new cookbook. (These print copies are sponsored by San Miguel, Grimmway and Old Oak Farms).

2) Many of the bloggers are also giving away a Set & Forget® Programmable 6 Quart Slow Cooker with Probe (see what it looks like here) sponsored by Hamilton Beach.

3) My co-editor Jennifer and I are giving away one prize of Free Carrots for a Year from Grimmway Farms, one prize of Free Greens for a Year from San Miguel and a Potato Prize Pack from Old Oak Farms by RPE Produce including 40 pounds of fresh potatoes delivered to your door, a Bamboo Bowl, a cutting board, a pepper mill, a measuring spoon set and more.

You can enter using the entry form here for a chance to win two of the slow cookers, each bundled with a copy of the print book, two prizes of a print version of the book, and one prize each of delicious produce packages mentioned above. Then head to the participating blogger links below for all the rest of the cookbook and slow cooker giveaways.


Now head over to these participating bloggers’ sites for all the rest of the book and slow cooker giveaways:

Broccoli and Cheese Potato Soup from Big Bear’s Wife
Chicken, Potato and Barley Stew from Magnolia Days
Autumn Apple Chicken Sandwiches from Chocolate & Carrots
Pumpkin, Chicken and Spinach Tortellini Soup from An Edible Mosaic
Thai Coconut Curry Beef and Broccoli from Food Faith Fitness
Chicken Burrito Bowls from Two Healthy Kitchens
Barbacoa Tacos from My Baking Heart
Balsamic Orange Roast Beef from a farmgirl’s dabbles
Cuban Seafood Stew from The Kitchen Prep
Chinese Beef and Broccoli from Very Culinary
Pork Meatballs in Marinara Sauce from Savvy Eats
Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic from Around My Family Table
Tex-Mex Scalloped Potato and Carrot Dinner from Cook the Story
Cuban Black Bean Soup from Food n’ Focus
Macaroni and Cheese With Sugar Snap Peas from Brooklyn Farm Girl
Sweet and Spicy Carnitas from Cravings of a Lunatic
Pork Tenderloin Florentine from All Day I Dream About Food
Thai Pork with Vermicelli Salad from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Mango Chicken from Stetted
Creamy Buffalo Chicken from Mother Thyme
Spiced Lentil Stew from Je suis alimentageuse
Harvest Chili from WonkyWonderful
Whole Tuscan Chicken from The Little Kitchen
Vegetarian Pumpkin White Chili from Kitchen Treaty
Sweet Italian Sausage and Peppers from Sweet Remedy
Chicken Cacciatore from Poet in the Pantry
Lentil, Sausage and Kale Stew from Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Italian Beef Sandwiches from Yummy Healthy Easy
Butternut Squash Vegetarian Chili from Nutmeg Nanny

Cookbook Launch Twitter Parties

We’re having some Twitter Parties to help get everyone mobilized for Hunger Action Month and to let them know how our book is helping. Please join us at our main twitter party on Thursday, September 18th at 9pm Eastern. Follow #slowNwholeCookbook. There will be copies of the book up for grabs and more! (Maybe even another slow cooker!).

Also, different contributors from the cookbook will be joining Courntey Crozier, a former contestant from The Biggest Loser, for her weekly #justcrunchem twitter parties on September 11th, September 18th and September 25th from 8-9pm Eastern. They’ll be chatting about the new season of The Biggest Loser, healthy food, slow cooking and Hunger Action Month. And there will be prizes there too!

And don’t forget to visit all these blogs to enter to win more giveaways.

*The sponsors will contribute $5 for each book to a total maximum of $600.

Disclosure: The giveaway prizes have been provided by the sponsors mentioned in the post. Hamilton Beach also provided me with a slow cooker to help with recipe-testing for the book. The book itself has not been sponsored by any companies or brands. This post contains Amazon affiliate links, meaning that if you click on one of them and then buy something, I will receive a portion of the sale price. I have not been paid or compensated in any other way to write this blog post or the cookbook  or to promote either on social media. All opinions are my own.


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