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I’m thrilled that you’ve stopped by my website to look around! You can grab a quick and easy meatless recipe for dinner tonight, see some sneak peeks inside my books and you can ask me questions through the comments or the contact form.

I’ve been meatless since 1983 when requests for tofu or tempeh were met with blank stares at most grocery stores. I try to incorporate as many gluten, soy and oil free options as I can, and I’m in the process of updating some of my older recipes to have those options too.

I’m available to do recipe development for companies or private clients, as well as freelance writing and teaching. Please contact me if you would like to know more about my services. You are welcome to email me directly at kathyhester@gmail.com.

Kathy Hester, author and recipe developer  | HealthySlowCooking.com


  1. awwww!

  2. Hi!
    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!


  3. Tashena Lynette Gonzales says:

    Thanks for directing me to your blog! I look forward to trying some recipes.

  4. Thanks for the recipes they will make a good adjunct to my more carnivore orientated ones

  5. 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.

  6. I am SO excited to find your blog. I just bought a slow cooker and was having difficulty finding vegetarian recipes for it. Many thanks!

  7. 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…

  8. 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.

  9. Bob Essner says:

    Forgot to mention that my daughter has 3 cats.

  10. 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

  11. Just found your website and I LOVE IT!!


  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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

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