Santa has offered to bring me a crock pot, but I have to admit I've had an (unfounded perhaps) aversion to them. I haven't eaten much crockpot food in my life, but I have always assumed it all tastes similar - mushy beef stewy. I don't know why I think this, as many things benefit from a low, long cooking.
My main arguments for one are that we purchased a 1/4 cow this fall, and I am now working outside the home part-time and it seems like it would be useful. But, I am curious what other chowhounders think. I have had a now-defunct pressure cooker, but I did find most of the (vegetarian) meals that came out of it tasted similar.
If you do like them and have a cookbook recommendation, I'd appreciate it.