Crock pots make cooking so much easier and it's hard to go wrong with them! I bought this along with a few crock pot cook books (also on Overstock). This pot is smaller than the ones I've seen in stores, so it's perfect for me since I live alone. I've made mostly soups/stews or mixed vegetables so far, and one pot is usually enough for one meal + 2 servings of leftovers. The dial knob on the pot is pretty basic, with 2 options: high or low. I usually add in frozen ingredients in the morning before work and turn it to low. 8 hours later, I come home to a hot meal. The removal ceramic pot can also put placed in the fridge/freezer, so you can prepare fresh ingredients the night before and put the pot in the freezer, then just plug it in the next morning.