about me

Welcome to Health Slow Cooking! There’s more here than just slow cooking. All the recipes are vegan and most even offer soy-free, gluten-free and no oil added options. We are a PR friendly blog, but only write about vegan products.

You’ll also find stove-top and oven recipes in addition to the occasional smoothie or cocktail. This is a great place to grab a quick and easy meatless recipe for dinner or start some slow cooker oatmeal for tomorrow morning. You can also see some sneak peeks inside my books and you can ask me questions through the comments or the contact form.

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What Books?

I’m Kathy Hester and in addition to running Healthy Slow Cooking I have published 4 vegan cookbooks with another one on its way next year! I’m most known for my vegan slow cooker books, though I have some mad skills with beans and oatmeal too.

The Vegan Slow Cooker by Kathy HesterThe Great Vegan Bean Book by Kathy Hester    Vegan Slow Cooking for Two by Kathy Hester         OATrageous Oatmeals by Kathy Hester

How long have you been meatless?

I’ve been meatless since 1983 when requests for tofu or tempeh were met with blank stares at grocery stores. I have been eating vegan for a few years now and it’s so much easier to find foods for a special diet.

I did grow up an omnivore, but the writing was on the wall pretty early. I used to pick the meat out of my noodles when I was 8 and never cared for the taste.

Kathy Hester, author and recipe developer | HealthySlowCooking.com

Want to work with me?

I wear a lot of hats. I really love to learn new things, so that keeps my skill list fresh and always growing.

I’m a blogger and freelance writer. I have written articles for many websites with a focus on healthy eating and vegan food. If you’re looking for a writer to do one post/article or a regular column I’d love to hear from you.

As a recipe developer I love to work with both small and large companies. I’ve worked for Roland Foods, Tasteful Selection Potatoes, Duda Fresh and others. I do vegan recipes that are easy and accessible to home cooks of all levels. Let me add some interesting vegan recipes to your collection!

I teach cooking classes. I can feature recipes from my books or concentrate on using your products. I have done several classes with Savory Spice Shop and Creative Connection. I also do demos and talks about healthy eating and vegan cooking. I’ve presented at the Boston Veg Fest, Triangle Veg Fest, various libraries and bookstores. Let me know what you’re looking for and I can tailor a class to fit your needs.

After doing the heavy lifting on my books, I’ve started working with other cookbook authors on promoting their books. I do online pr for new books and existing titles. Services I have available are organizing blog tours, securing online ads, promoting through social media and tons of little tricks to get your book noticed. I have a list of popular sites that I submit to several times a year. I do not do traditional pr.

Please contact me if you would like to discuss working with me. You are welcome to email me directly at kathyhester@gmail.com.


  1. says

    I like your blog, especially your gluten free recipes! Please keep those coming! I love adding vegetarian meals to my menu as often as I can without my husband kicking and screaming too much. : )

    You sound like a fun person! I too live in Durham! And shop at the Farmer’s Market as much as I can. I’d love to have my own garden, but I had to have my hip operated on twice this past year and just couldn’t handle a garden. Don’t know when I will be able to again…makes me sad.

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!


  2. Nikki says

    Hi, thanks for your comment on my blog. I’d love to have you as a guest poster on Vegan Chickie if you’re interested in sharing one of your vegan recipes? email me on nikkidynamo@gmail.com if you’d like to submit something.

  3. Geminisky says

    I just put your website link on sparkpeople. You may get a bunch of lookers shortly. Great site and info…Thx a bunch…

  4. Ruth Zaugg says

    Hi Kathy, I just got your vegan crockpot yahoo group email about your upcoming cookbook. 3 months to come up with 150 recipes must be incredibly daunting. I am vegan and have a crock pot that is totally underused as I have no cookbook yet. I’ve just made the green jackfruit “mock pulled pork” recipe I found on other blogs this weekend and it was awesome. I also cook my whole grain cereal in the crockpot every week, and sometimes stewed peas. Helping you out with testing and ramping up my crockpot use would be awesome. On a side note, I live in Canada, near Toronto, so unless you use very hard-to-get ingredients, I should be okay.

    Looking forward to (perhaps) hearing back from you.

  5. Chilliwitch says

    Ohmigod…. I’m going to sound ditsy here…. have just found your website and have already found a billion things I want to cook… I’m in Aus and often find overseas sites have products that we can’t get over here, but all your recipes are accessible and sound amazing…

    thank you sooooo much

  6. Tami says

    Hi, I just found your site…..I am so excited because my sixteen yr old daughter is a vegetarian and I am thrilled to have found a site with crock pot recipes because i am not much of a cook but I love my crockpot!!!!!!!! Hopefully she will enjoy a lot of these recipes. Thanks so much, please keep up the great work. Thank you Tami

  7. says

    I just received your Vegan Slow Cooker cookbook yesterday. I HAVE TO make almost every single recipe! I’m sooo excited to get started! I’m not sure what to try first as they all look and sound soooo wonderful!

  8. Jody Arnold says

    I am so excited to learn of you through our newspaper. I live in Creedmoor, NC I am just starting to read Forks over Knives and love it. I recently had breast cancer and I am trying to learn all that I can about eating healthy. So, I am glad that I stumbled across you so to speak. I want to buy your book but I am trying to decide what kind of tablet I want so I can buy your ebook if I chose to go that way instead of a book. I would be interested in one of your cooking classes if you will be having any in the triangle….look forward to meeting you one day.. Jody

  9. Carrie says

    I came across your book this week on a lunch break trip to the bookstore, and my first thought was, “Oh my god, I have been wishing this existed!” I always see the slow cooker books, but don’t really have the time or knowledge to adapt them to a vegan diet, even if I was so inclined. But your book– I couldn’t believe my luck.

    My husband and I are both vegan; I work full time and go to grad school, and he works two jobs, one of which requires him to get up at 2 am and thus go to bed around 7pm0– not long after I get home from work. I end up cooking dinner at 6 am, so we can eat together in the evenings.

    Thus, I have the feeling that your book is going to, just possibly, change my culinary life. I have started with the bouillon and seitan, and I am pretty sure, I will be making EVERYTHING in your book in the coming months.

  10. says

    Love your slow cooker cookbook. Also came across another one of your blogs today and would love to keep in touch. We produced Betsy’s Tempeh in Mich. for 9 1/2 years back in the mid 80’s and continue making tempeh at home for friends and family. So if you are ever in the area of Ventura county, north of LA, stop by for a tempeh panini.
    We recently filed for a patent for a tempeh incubator that would be used in restaurants and small shops making artisan tempeh for the local community. Our invention was introduced at the natural food show in Anaheim in March of 2014. For more information about the people that are bringing this to market, check out: TempehSure.com.
    Happy eating
    betsy shipley

  11. Catherine says

    Greetings from Kenilworth, Warwickshire, UK!

    I’ve just purchased Vegan Slow Cooking for Two and am looking forward to trying lots of recipes. With a small family, it’s great to find recipes for a small crockpot. Fingers crossed my pear rose cardamom oatmeal does not burn; my first attempt with rolled oats was rust coloured!


  12. says

    Hello Kathy, I am a foodie from Belgium & cook, bake & eat vegan 5x/week with my husband.
    I have 1 cookbook from you that i bought a while avon in Waterstones in Brussels. I also blog about it.
    I love your bean book a lot! Cool & very tasty recipes! So thanks again!

    You will find many vegan recipes on my blog too: 312 vegan recipes! Come on over!

    Greetings! x

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