If you’re like me, and cooking doesn’t exactly come naturally to you — even with the help of a super easy-to-use slow-cooker and cookbook —you’re likely well aware that following recipes’ step-by-step instructions and taking OCD-level precaution to measure out ingredients correctly is absolutely essential in the pursuit of not destroying dinner. I certainly wish that I was one of those culinary creatives that magically seem to be able to just “wing it” in the kitchen, infusing dishes with their own signature twist and tweaking ingredients to cater to certain dietary restrictions. Unfortunately, however, I am simply not gifted enough to risk the end result with experimentation. Fortunately, slow-cookers tend to be pretty user-friendly –even if you’re not exactly an expert chef. They’re also practically a life-saver for busy professionals and moms (at least for those with a more advanced skill set in the kitchen) because you can toss in the ingredients, run out the door and come home to a home-cooked meal.

Like most things in modern-day, it’s super easy to find recipes on your phone, whether you have an app, follow along on foodie Instagram accounts, or scour YouTube for follow-along tutorials, or add favorites to your Pinterest boards for later reference. However, unless you’re watching on a smart TV, cooking, and baking while trying to keep up with the instructions from a tiny screen isn’t an easy task, making the appeal of a simple, good old-fashioned cookbook seem more like a sensible solution rather than an outdated approach. Not only do you run the risk of your lock screen popping up every five minutes, but it’s also just messy. No one wants to accidentally slather sauce and other slimy ingredients over their phone screen and luxe phone case. Yuck.

So, whether you’re a newbie to the world of slow-cooking (or cooking, in general) or are well-versed, but bored of your current rotation of recipes you found online, these comprehensive cookbooks will help you re-invent your cooking routine. 

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