Blog Tour Interview & Review: The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook by Christina Dymock

Welcome to my blog tour stop for The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook! 
I'm excited to have Christina Dymock stopping by, so read on down for her interview!!!

The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook
by Christina Dymock
Paperback, 168 Pages
March 11th 2014 by Cedar Fort


It's every busy mother's dream-come-true: dinner that makes itself! With the help of your trusty slow cooker and these healthy, easy recipes like Peppery Cilantro Salmon, Sausage Stew, and Dark Chocolate Mini Cakes, you can put dinner on the table even on the craziest of days. Don't let the whirlwind of life stop you from feeding your family the food they deserve -- delicious, home-cooked meals straight from your slow cooker.


Author Interview

I've really enjoyed trying out The Hungry Family's Slow Cooker Cookbook and so am super excited to have the cook behind the recipes, Christina Dymock, stopping by today!!

What inspired you to create a cook book for slow cookers?
I have used my slow cooker for years. When you have small children there are a couple slots in the day when you can spend time in the kitchen and none of them are at 5 o'clock in the evening. As a mom, I can use great slow cooker recipes all week long and have compiled many over the years. This book is a culmination of years of trial and error as well as a dash of daring.

Lol! That is so true! Dinner time is the craziest and most stressful time of my day!

What was your process in deciding which recipes to include and how many times did you try a recipe before you decided it would be included?
I wanted a variety of recipes, everything from chicken to fish and side dishes to dessert because I don't just use my slow cooker for roasts (although there are a couple great roast recipes included.) Some recipes are over ten years old and have been used time and time again. Others are a bit newer or were developed for the book but they were all tasted and tested thoroughly before inclusion. There were some recipes that didn't make it - let's not mention those. :)

I have to say that I love the mix of recipes!

What is your favorite recipe from the book (do you have a picture to include for the post)?

My favorite recipe has got to be Buffalo Chicken Sliders and Slaw. It's super easy to make, tastes delish, and looks like it took all day when in fact, I throw the chicken in before I leave the house and then compile the rest of the dinner in about 15 minutes.

I haven't tried that one yet, but I will be. :)

Do your kids have a favorite recipe (again, do you have a picture to include for the post)?
My kids love the Pumpkin Pudding Cake. We're big pumpkin fans around here and will eat this cake all year round. (sorry no photo)

Lol! Of course their favorite is a dessert!

Do you have a tip you could share when cooking with a slow cooker?

One of the things people don't usually think to do is spray their slow cookers with non-stick cooking spray. Spraying it won't change the flavor of the food and it can make cleanup a lot easier.

That is definitely not something I was doing on a regular basis with my slow cooker, but I am now!

Thanks so much, Christina, for stopping by!
My Review

I have to say again how I loved the mix of recipes in this cookbook! I loved that there were main dishes (for different types of meat), side dishes, and desserts. It seems like the other slow cooker cookbooks I have basically have soups and roasts. Kind of boring after a while. 

I also really loved that several of the recipes are really meals in one pot. I tried one such recipe on Saturday called One-Pot Chops. It was so easy to make, although the family was tortured by the smell of me browning the chops before they were added to the slow cooker. The recipe turned out great and I just added a veggie and we were good. The kids also ate the pork chops right up.

I also really liked how simple the recipes were. What's the point of using the slow cooker if I have to be in the kitchen for a long period of time? The directions were clear and easy to follow as well.

Friday night we had Green Chicken Chili and had my parents over. It was really good and super easy! We also tried the Tamale Pie, which my husband LOVED, and the Cajun Chicken & Shrimp Rice and the Lemon Honey Chicken, which were both good. I'm planning on trying many more!

Was there anything I would have liked more? Just one thing. More pictures. There were still quite a few, but I would have loved one for every recipe.

This is definitely a cookbook I see our family using quite extensively. It's definitely worth having on my shelf and if you want to use your slow cooker more, or at all, I'd definitely recommend The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook!

Source: From the publisher/author, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Christina Dymock is the author of The Hungry Family, Young Chefs, 101 Things to Do with Popcorn, and the Widow's Mite.

Young Chefs: Cooking Skills and Recipes for Kids The Widow's Mite 101 Things to Do with Popcorn

Book Launch Party

There is a Launch Party being held at the Deseret Book in Draper, Utah (107 East 12300 South, Draper, Utah) on March 27 from 6-8:00 p.m. There will be a drawing for a family-sized slow cooker and those who come in will receive the recipe for Chicken Sliders and Slaw from The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook for free. The author will be present to sign copies of the book and talk slow cooking and writing with attendees.

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