The slow cooker is to fall what the grill is to summer: A great way to get dinner on the table quickly.

As family schedules start to get more hectic, the slow cooker can be a life-saver when it comes to making dinner without actually being at home.

As luck would have it, Phyllis Good, the fairy godmother of slow cooker cooks, has released a new cookbook, the “Fix-It and Forget-It New Cookbook,” ($19.95, softcover, Good Books), with more than 250 slow-cooker recipes.

Here’s an easy one to try for bratwurst and potatoes that would probably get gobbled up at a tailgate, too.