If it cooks while you're gone, does it do the dishes while you sleep?
I love my crockpot. Correction: Slow Cooker. The more modern term. This new book by Diane Phillips, The Best Slow Cooker Cook Book Ever, has over 400 recipes from soups to desserts that you can start in the morning before work and take it to your neatly set table after you've kicked off your shoes and flipped through the mail. Great for you or for a gift for a busy friend.