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Skinnytaste Fast and Slow Cookbook: Cover Reveal

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Skinnytaste Fast and Slow Cookbook

I’m over-the-moon excited to FINALLY share the cover design and concept for my second cookbook, Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow Cooker Recipes

Since my first cookbook came out, I’ve gotten tons of requests for more slow cooker recipes and quick dishes that take 30 minutes or less from start to finish. I’ve been listening and wanted to fill Skinnytaste Fast and Slow with the easiest, tastiest, most convenient healthy recipes—ever. And that’s what I did! This book has a total of 140 nutritious, flavor-packed, figure-friendly recipes—60 for the slow cooker and 80 that cook in 30-minutes or less!—so you can get a great homemade meal on the table any night of the week.

Here’s a sample of what’s inside…

Slow Cooker

Chicken and Dumpling Soup
Korean-Style Beef Tacos
Spicy Harissa Lamb Ragu (pictured on the cover)
Peach-Strawberry Crumble

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Under 30 Minutes

Zucchini Noodles with Shrimp and Feta
Pizza-Stuffed Chicken Roll-Ups
Grilled Cheese with Havarti, Brussels Sprouts and Apple
Cauliflower “Fried” Rice

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Each recipe includes nutritional information—from registered dietitian Heather K Jones—that will help you take steps toward your weight and health goals. Many dishes are vegetarian, gluten-free, and freezer-friendly, and these are called out with helpful icons. Also, this book has even more photos than the first, with 120 color beautiful photographs taken by Helene DuJardin.

If you’re on Weight Watchers, all recipes in the cookbook are listed here with updated Freestyle Smart Points.

Order from these online sellers:

Target | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound

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172 comments on “Skinnytaste Fast and Slow Cookbook: Cover Reveal”

  1. I made the harissa spiced lamb ragu and it is delicious. However is the nutritional breakdown including the pasta? If so can I get it for just the sauce itself?

  2. Amazing! I recently bought your other book and love every recipe! I have already lost 9 lbs!!!!

  3. Gina-What is the recipe pictured on the cover of this book?  I bought the book but am not sure which recipe this is.

  4. I’m not usually a big soup eater, but that Chicken and Dumpling Soup is the. best. ever! Love your recipes. Have been a WW’s member for many years and their recipes can be a bit bland and boring. I’ve been using your recipes instead for about a year now and they are delish!

  5. Was hoping the ‘fast’ part meant that there was a focus on the pressure cooker! I hope your next book is PC recipes, my mom would think she hit the jackpot, thank you so much for all your recipes, it’s been about 6 years since I started following you & ive never not enjoyed a single one. So easy, so good!

  6. Hi! I’ve LOVED your book since receiving it for Christmas 2016.  Will you be able to publish an updated list of WW points reflecting the new Freestyke version? I know that’s a lot to ask, but I’d really like to use your recipes…



  7. Can you also show the original smart points on your recipes?  There are many people who don’t do freestyle.  Would be much appreciated 

  8. Hello, my family and I are big fans of your recipes and we just got a 10-in-1 Instant Pot. We just made the Instant Pot Picadillo and it was ahhhhmazing! I am super intrigued by this book, and am wondering if I can use the Instant Pot slow cooker setting for the slow cooker recipes? I really want to get rid of my slow cooker and my rice cooker for the Instant Pot 10-in-1. Thanks!

  9. Hi I tried making the slow cooker chicken and dumpling soup and cooked the dumplings for 40 minutes in the slow cooker and they were very doughy. Is that normal? 

    1. No, it should be fluffy. When making dumplings the most important thing is that the liquid is boiling. So if you take the lid off the slow cooker, it will not be hot enough. I keep it covered on high just before dropping them in.

  10. I have your cookbook, but for the life of me I can’t figure out what the recipe is for the beautiful pasta picture on the cover. Can you please tell me what it is, as my husband really wants me to make it! Thank you.

  11. I am trying to follow Weight Watchers but cannot find the smart point values in your Skinnytaste cookbooks. The values are listed on the recipes you have posted online, but I need the conversions in the cookbooks. Do any of your cookbooks include the Smart Points values?

    1. If you go to the Skinnytaste website, go to the Cookbook tab, click and scroll down, the SP are listed there. 🙂

    1. If you go to the Skinnytaste website, go to the Cookbook tab, click and scroll down, the SP are listed there. 🙂

  12. Hi Gina
    I heard the program on NPR today and am inspired both to buy your book and try the recipes. I don’t own any kind of slow cooker. I see from the comments there are different kinds, including something called a pressure cooker, instant pot, etc… Can you please recommend the size and type of cooker I should buy so I can prepare your recipes? Thank you – Janice

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    Lorraine Hoover

    Just made the Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili on page 62 of this cookbook.  Phenomenal!  Our 14-year-old went back for seconds.  She never goes back for seconds.  This is definitely a keeper.   The taco seasoning was perfect.  I served it with chopped onion, cilantro and avocado.  The best!  I think this would freeze well too.  Our daughter asked for the leftovers for school lunch tomorrow.  Thanks, Gina.!

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    Dawn Galluzzi

    I can’t wait to get your new cookbook. I asked for it as a Christmas present, but unfortunately received just a plain slow cooker book. Your book is now on order and should be here any day. I love your first cookbook and can’t wait to try the recipes in your latest book. Can you do a book for a serving of 1? I know I can just divide the ingredients on a recipe, but it would be nice to have recipes for 1 or 2 people.

  15. Can you tell me where to find the meal that is featured on the cover of the fast and slow book. 

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    Dawn Galluzzi

    I love your first cookbook. Can’t wait to get the 2nd one. The recipes are so easy and delicious.

  17. I just love your new Fast and Slow Cookbook. I am a weight watchers member and was told there is a link on your website that gives the Smart Points for your recipes. Is this true? I can’t seem to find it. Thanks for all your great recipes. I am obsessed with this cookbook.

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    Karen Murray

    I’m so excited I received my Fast and slow copy today! I’m only half way through reading it but I’m already planning some great evening cooking with my son. Can’t wait to try out so many of these recepies. Love your books! Keep up the great work, looking forward to many more.

  19. Congratulations on another beautiful book, Gina! I picked this up at the bookstore on the weekend and read it from cover to cover, right away! I have already made 2 recipes and can’t wait to make more. You are my stand-by for great healthy meals and desserts. I recommend you to everyone. I’ve never made a recipe of yours that I didn’t like.
    Thank you for sharing your amazing recipes!

  20. Hi Gina,

    Could you tell me how many extra recipes are included in the Target exclusive version? Trying to decide where to order from!

  21. Hi, love, love the cookbooks and tonight my friends are too! I can’t stop telling them about it!
    Just wondering  if you can still get the extra recipes that was offered with order?
    I told my friends about that, but I can’t find it anymore 


  22. I did my preorder yesterday and the download link for the bonus pack didn’t load the page properly so I wasn’t able to receive the bonus. I sent an email to but have not received a response.

  23. Just received my cookbook Love it. Please tell me make and model of slow cooker you use. Thank you

  24. Can the slow cooker recipes be converted into pressure cooker recipes? And how would you recommend going about that? Of course I have an instant pot so i could always use to the slow cooker feature, but I do love how instant the pressure cooker is!

  25. Love your SKINNY TASTE cookbook and use it often.

    I have one of those gorgeous All-Clad slow cookers and am always looking for another excuse to use it. Especially love making soups. No need for persuasion — my pre-order for your new book was in on the first day. Can’t wait for its arrival next week.


  26. Pre ordered and cannot wait to receive your cookbook.

    Love every recipe I have tried..
    However, cannot download free bonus pack. Help!

  27. I noticed that your cookbooks are also in Dutch. We lived there for 6 years. Limburg region. I preordered. Excited !!  Congratulations. 

    What is the link to get the little extra section?  I got it on my iPad and cannot print. 

    Smakelijk eaten

  28. So excited for your new cookbook. To get my kids to help me cook, and to eat what I make, I let them go through your book, and put post-its on the recipes they want for meals Your first cookbooks has tons of yellow tabs. Can’t wait to let them do the same to the new cookbook. Congrats!

  29. Just pre-ordered my copy through Amazon and can’t wait!  Congratulations on book #2, and here’s to many, many more!

    – LaKendra 
    (A fan from the blog days!)

  30. Gina, love your cookbook. You have opened my eyes to real flavor. So excited for the slow cooker book. All winter my Sunday’s are spent cooking meals from your cookbook to freeze and last the week. 
    My Bday is October plan to pre order early present for myself.  Thank you!

  31. Gina, 
    Thank you for sharing your recipes. I have your first book and pre-ordered the next. I use most of your recipes on my weight loss journey and since I am a weight watchers kinda gal, I love that you have included the points value in the recipes on your site. It makes it easy to prep and freeze meals for the week, just grab from the freezer and go. 

  32. YAH!!! I LOVED your first book and am excited for your new cookbook especially since I now have an Instant Pot.

  33. I can’t wait! My husband and I are both on Weight Watchers and your cookbook and blog have been life changing! My husband is eating food he would never ever eat before (he LOVED the Mexican Cauliflower Rice). Your food is amazing and I am so excited to get this new book. Thank you so much!

  34. So excited for this! Pre-ordering now. 🙂 Just made the slow cooker jerk chicken tacos  for the first time and they were so easy and tasty!! My husband wants them every week pretty much. He waxes poetic over those tacos. 

  35. Skinnytaste has changed my life forever! I have discovered recipes and foods I’ve never imagined. My husband is Cuban and we love the Latin dishes. My kids cook once a week from the cookbook and my daughter’s favorite is the Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup….the best. So far I’ve lost 32 lbs (WW)and my family lost without even trying. Preordering the new cookbook!!

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    Sheryl Lawson

    Hi Gina, Thank you so much for your amazing recipes and cookbook. I cleaned out the pantry & refrigerator. I went and stocked up on healthy food. I pre-ordered the new cookbook on Amazon that is coming out in October. I am so excited! So far, I have made the Crockpot Chicken Chili Tacos and they are a big hit. Now, I am preparing my grocery list. LOL

  37. I am so excited for this book. My husband got me the first one for my birthday 2 years ago and this one comes out on my birthday this year. I’ve made so many of your recipes and they always come out great. I’ve even made your chicken tikka masala into a pizza topping!

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    Sara Rodrigue

    I pre-ordered this through Amazon before there was even a cover. My boyfriend and I adore Skinnytaste! In fact, when meal planning, we always check and see what new recipes “our girl Gina” has for us 🙂

  39. This just made my day!!  I can’t wait.  It isn’t easy to try new things and be creative with recipes.  I struggle all the time with that.  I always feel confident in your recipes and admire the versatility In them.  Thank you for all of the hard work, time, and testing.  You have made my life easier. Lol. My husband thanks you too!

  40. I can’t wait!!! Slow-cooker and quick meals are my life force since I work full time and go to school full time. Congrats!!

  41. Congratulations Gina, I’m so excited for this book to come out.  I just pre-ordered, happy birthday to me when it comes in October. It should arrive the week before, yippy. 

  42. Can’t wait to get it! Congratulations Gina. Does it have Instant Pot recipes? I have been following the ones you post on the site and I am loving each  one of them! Also, Any other Colombian recipes 😉 ?

    1. Yes, it has 3 Instant Pot recipes and most of the slow cooker recipes can also be made for the instant pot. It also has 1 or 2 Colombian recipes!

  43. I just made one of your crock pot recipes for dinner and then saw this! You just made my month! Thank you for sharing your healthy, easy recipes! They are all delicious!

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    Pam Hackbarth

    I can’t wait!! I have made almost all of your recipes!! I love your first book and am waiting in anticipation for your new one!  My birthday is only 10 days after your book releases so this will definitely be on my list!! 

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    Stephani Yurkanin

    Can’t wait to enjoy this cookbook!  Thank you so much for sharing your healthy and delicious recipes.  

  46. I just pre ordered mine!  Your first cookbook is my go-to for all things healthy and tasty.  I can’t wait for this one to come out.  Congrats, Gina!!  

  47. Super excited! I pretty much keep my Skinny Taste cook book pretty much lives on my book stand in my kitchen! Can’t wait! Thank you Gina for all you do!

  48. hey gina:

    i have lost 27 pounds following the recipes from your book and blog and can’t wait to have your new book. wishing you great success and many thanks!

  49. Can NOT wait!!! I have tried over half your recipies in Skinnytaste and tell EVERYONE they need your cookbook. THANK YOU!!!

    Preorder done like dinner 🙂


  50. Will there be many recipes from the first cookbook? A couple of the sample items listed looked familiar (I’m on vacation right now & don’t have the book handy to check.). Totally addicted to your recipes, cookbook,, and blog!

  51. Love your first cookbook.  I am sure I will love your second. Bought your first one for every cook in my family, and THANK YOU for making my Christmas a little easier this year 😉

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    Leanne Preihs

    Excellent, congratulations! I love your first cookbook. I’m preordering now! The big difference between your cookbook and other wanna a be skinny cookbooks is that you add FLAVOR to your recipes. Thank you Gina for venturing beyond lettuce and chicken breasts. If it wasn’t for you, I would never know what Picadillo was. Some of our favorite recipes are: the slow-cooker Picadillo, Roasted Poblanos with chicken, the BLT salad with Avocado, Bangin Good Shrimp, and the Pear and Brie Grilled Cheese. Looks like I just meal planned for next week!

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    Mary Jane Harris

    Key to your recipes is seasoning and flavor…that’s why i love every recipe of your I make!

  54. How exciting! Congratulations Gina! I’m a big fan.  My grocery list only consists of your meals. I purchased your first cook book so I will definitely get this one. You rock! 

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    Melissa Kukulski

    How exciting! I will definitely be getting this back to add to your other. I love your recipes. I make them all the time and I am never disappointed. I recommend several friends/family to your site because your food is not only healthy but tastes great. I don’t feel guilty with your recipes. I’m so appreciative of your creations and of course I will support you with this cookbook. Thanks again Gina!

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    Monica Nagami

    Congratulations Gina!! October 11th can’t come soon enough. My dusty but brand new slow-cooker won’t know what hit it! I’m excited to add to my Skinnytaste collection. 

  57. Can’t wait. You have been a huge part of my nightly dinner success!  Can’t wait to see what else you have to make my meal planning fun and easy. Congrats!

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    Michelle Clark

    Gina:  I am so excited about your new cookbook! I have your first one, and while I like it, I did feel that many of recipes I tried were time consuming.  You actually read my mind!

  59. I’m so excited for your new cookbook!! I have your first one and LOVE it! It will be a great birthday present request as my birthday is in October! 🙂

  60. I’m from Canada, and we don’t have any of these stores where I live. I bought your last cookbook in Chapters so will this one be available to buy there too after its release? Can’t wait btw ! 🙂

  61. I’m very excited about your new cookbook!  I’m also so happy that you’ve included gluten free options. I will preorder your cookbook;) Congrats!

  62. Your recipes are the only ones we make at my house! And since I shy away from fish & pork, my go-to’s aren’t as expansive so I’m very excited for some new material! Not to mention my big is 6’6″ & 220 pounds so what used to last me a week or longer is now gone in a couple of days which is why the slow cooker recipes are so great! VERY excited! I wish we didn’t have to wait until October, but I will be ordering mine today in hopes of getting it ASAP! 

  63. Fantastic! My husband and I have lost 40 lbs EACH following your recipes. We love your first cookbook and always try new stuff out of it, never been disappointed. I am so excited about the new book. Congratulations, you deserve all the successes your are having.

  64. I can pretty much tell from reading through a recipe how long it is going to take. For me, portion size and/or weight is the most helpful. I am still working through your first cookbook and have given it as gifts. Everyone loves it, and I can’t wait for your next one, which I just pre-ordered. Your recipes have helped me reach and maintain my goal. I never get bored with food, thanks to you!

  65. Congratulations on another book! I enjoy your website and cook your recipes pretty much every day!
    I’m excited to get this new cookbook!

  66. You deserve to be “over the moon”.  Such an interesting concept for cook book #2 and I love the cover….Congrats…:)

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    Francine Pennacchio

    Gina! I am so happy for you! I will be pre-ordering mine today!
    YOU are a genius and the reason I now cook!
    Congratulations and thanks!!!!

  68. So excited for this, I just preordered! Slow cooker recipes are my favourite. Are these all new recipes?

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    I cook from your book constantly- it is the best. this week I have already made 3 recipes. I cannot wait for the new book!! 
    I have over 1000 cookbooks and yours is absolutely my most favorite AND most used.


  70. Congratulations Gina!  Seeing this cover of your 2nd cookbook I can see its going to have amazing recipes (like your 1st one!). Can’t wait to cook my way thru the second skinnytaste cookbook!  You inspire me daily!  

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    Kimberly Adams

    I call your first book my “Cookbook for life.” I’m super excited for this one. Especially the slow cooker section. Thank you for your hard work.

  72. I love your first cook book. You are so talented.  I can’t wait for this one ! Thank you for all you do   

  73. I just received my Insta Pot today and am making your Chicken Lentil Soup! It smells so good, can’t wait for dinner! Will the new book have pressure cooker options.? I’m pre ordering now!

    1. Yes, I have 3 recipes for the pressure cooker. Of course most slow cooker recipes can easily be converted as well.

  74. That’s FANTASTIC Congratulations Gina and thank you so much for sharing this with us, you are truly selfless and the best

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    Jennifer Velardi

    I just preordered my copy and I can’t wait to receive it, Gina! Yay! Congratulations on completing another cookbook. You have made my weight loss journey so much easier and bearable with all your yummy recipes for every occasion! ❤️

    1. And perfect timing! My birthday is in 2 weeks so that is going on the top of my list as a pre-order!

  76. Looks great! Will your new book list how long each recipe takes to prep and cook? I have your first one, and while I love the recipes, it is annoying that the prep/cook time isn’t listed and I have to read through all the directions to see how long it’ll take to make the dish which is a pain when I’m trying to figure out my meal planning time.

    1. No it won’t, I list so many other things that most books don’t such as nutritionals, accurate measurements for every ingredient, but the good news is most in the Fast should take 30!

  77. As soon as I saw your snap about the book being available to preorder I was like ???????????????????????????? lol. Preordered mine right away and now ???????????????????????? I’m doing the happy dance! LOVE your book btw, I make a few recipes a week and it’s helping me reach my weight loss goal plus change my eating habits over all. You’re amazing! And I look forward to trying the recipes in your new book. 

  78. Gina, this looks amazing!! I cannot wait to add it to my kitchen library– your first cookbook already has a special place in there. Being a full-time working mom trying to stay healthy, it’s hard to find the time to cook delicious meals that won’t take 1+ hrs (especially since my workout time is in the evenings and if dinner gets drawn out too long the excuses come a-floodin’!). Your new cookbook is just what I need. Can’t wait to be able to order!

  79. Wow I’m the first one to comment out of hundreds?!  Congratulations Gina!!  I can hardly wait to get a copy of this new cookbook.