When I saw there was an opportunity to review a crock pot cookbook, I was excited. When I saw it was a kids’ cookbook, I knew it was too good to pass up! Fix-it and Forget-it is not an unknown name to me; I have one of their other crock pot books upstairs in my kitchen. I’m a fan of my crock pot for many reasons, not the least of which being that it’s so easy to let Eric help me cook with it. I received a free copy of the book from the publisher, and Eric and I went to work!
I’ll admit that I was expecting very kid-ish recipes. What I found when I opened it up was not a cookbook with kids’ recipes; it was, in fact, a cookbook for kids. Aside from an introductory page titled “For the adults,” the book is written for kids who want to learn how to cook something of their own. As a result, the beginning of the book is a useful introduction to cooking overall: how to use a crock pot, how to measure, how to follow a recipe, etc. Even as a veteran cook, I learned some tricks reading through it, and there was a super-useful conversion key in there that I have been wanting for years! Cups to tablespoons, tablespoons to teaspoons, the smaller measurements that I can never find on other conversion charts. The entire thing is written in a very kid-friendly way without coming off as patronizing – a fine balance – on pages that are doodled on and pieced together in a way that looked very much like my own notebooks when I was a kid.
Once I’d read through the introduction, I was able to dive into the recipes. Again, I was surprised! These are not crock pot hot dogs and grilled cheese; there are great recipes with few ingredients and easy preparation. The book covers breakfast through dinner, including snacks and desserts, and I found recipes in every section that made me drool and made me stop and think, “Why didn’t I think of that?” From basics like Lasagna and Mac n Cheese to out-of-the-box wonders like Pizza in a Bowl and Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake, this has already become a staple in my kitchen, and I’ve barely scratched the surface of these 50 recipes. There are honestly very few that I’m not interested in; being a picky eater, many cookbooks only offer about 1/3 of their recipes to me, but I think there are only 2 or 3 in here that I doubt I’d make. It doesn’t just look good, either – I’ve made 5 or 6 recipes already, and none of them have disappointed.
If I had one thing that was glowing to say about the recipes, it’s that they are big. Most make 8-10 servings, and for my family, I’ve halved most of the recipes and still come up with leftovers. (Though I’ll admit, I did not half the Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake recipe. I mean, how can there ever be enough of that??) Of course, a few years from now when the boys are out of the toddler eat-like-a-bird phase, I’ll probably be making the full recipe just to keep up with them!
So, if you like to use your crock pot, get this book. If you have kids that want get in the kitchen, with mom or without, get this book. If you like delicious recipes with easy prep and few ingredients, get this book. Seriously – just get this book. It’s due to release in October, and you will love it.