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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 15 June 2011
A good friend purchased a halogen oven for me for Christmas after her husband bought one for her. After a few very successful attempts using the recipes in the manual that came with it I was looking for a book that would take me further. There was almost nothing - and those books that were available didn't have much in the way of photographs (which I find hugely valuable when trying new techniques). There was even very little on the web.

This book is the first that I have used which actually works for me. The introduction provides a coherent explanation of halogen ovens, how they can be used and what they should be used for. Following the introduction the sections are: chicken, beef, pork, lamb, seafood, vegetarian, pizza & pasta, on the side, breads & baking and desserts & puddings. Each of the 200 recipes is accompanied by a full page photograph. The recipes are well presented, with a list of ingredients and blow by blow instructions, numbers the meal will serve and estimated cooking times. There is an index at the end.

The book doesn't pretend that you can do everything in the halogen oven, anymore than you could in a conventional oven and therefore includes extra instructions for sauces and vegetables that need to be done on the hob. For me, the best feature of the book (apart from the photos) is that the recipes offer a huge range of different styles of food and presentation.

Examples of the recipes from each section are: grape & yogurt honey chicken, chicken with spicy lentils, chicken and mushroom casserole, steak and kidney pies, grilled steak with sorrel sauce, roast sirloin of beef, Caribbean pork with pineapple, pork chops Ardennaise, Asian braised belly of pork, lamb hot pot, navarin of lamb, honeyed lamb shanks, Malaysian prawn curry, family fish pie, salmon and watercress sauce, warm asparagus and haloumi salad, camembert-stuffed mushrooms, spaghetti carbonara, spinach and ricotta cannelloni, gorgonzola and rocket pizza, garlicky potato bake, poppy seed bread, summer fruits shortcake, cinnamon apple crunch, jam roly-poly and syrup sponge pudding.

If you have a halogen oven and are not quite sure what to do with it, or just want some good new ideas, this is certainly the book to buy.
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This book, originally published in 2010, has been updated and revised for 2016 with the original author credit now removed.

The recipes are broken down into broad groups, some according to the main ingredient e.g. lamb, beef and fish-based ones all with their own sections although others are classed by the type of dish. The book covers just about everything from starters, mains, desserts and breads. The Introduction includes hints and tips, but obviously of a rather general nature and not specific to a certain brand or model although relevant to the book's content. You will need to ensure that the recipe chosen is compatible with your machine, its timing and temperature capabilities and capacity. You may need its extension ring for some recipes.

Most of the recipes are designed for 4, some for 6 and possibly others for 8 or more, but I did not check out every one. All are UK-friendly so you will not find any Americanised ingredient names here. All of the ingredients are those that you will likely use now or are available anywhere although some will be seasonal.

While 200-ish recipes seems a lot, there are other books on this subject that will provide far greater variety. The book is small, inexpensive and well-priced.

A good starter book and an excellent choice at the cover price and a bargain if bought at a discount! There is something for almost everyone but it may not be the best choice for those whose diet preference is for vegan or vegetarian meals. They are there but only in the minority.
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on 25 January 2012
So you've just bought your first halogen oven - and now you need to know how to cook with it. Where this book - and all the others fall down is - they don't really tell you how to use it. They don't tell you what temperature settings to use for everyday stuff - or how long to put it in for. They don't really tell you how to use the low rack or the high rack. The recipes are fine - but first you have to know the basics - how long - how hot - and where to position stuff. Don't buy - if you want to learn the basic - hands on stuff - none of these books are for you - keep looking. One day the penny will drop with authors - and somebody will write the book you really need.
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on 3 December 2011
Excellent quick and easy to follow recipes with clear and concise instructions.Ideal for the novice like myself.Excellent photos and handy size make this book a great companion to the cooker itself.
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on 15 November 2010
There is a shortage of recipe books for halogen ovens and this is one of the best, although almost pocket size it is one of the excellent Hamlyn 200 recipes books. The title states the author is Maryanne Madden but she is not mentioned in the actual book. As well as the 200 recipes all with full page illustrations of how the dish should turn out there are useful tips and advice on using halogen ovens. The recipes are arranged in food order and consist of sections on Chicken, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Seafood, Vegetarian, Pizza & Pasta, On the side (vegetables), Breads & Baking and finally desserts & Puddings.
With all of these receipts there should be something for everyone, there is also an index if you can't find things by thumbing through. Each recipe has detailed instructions including preparation and cooking time it also gives quantities in both metric and imperial measurements.
I particularly liked the Chilli-spiced meatballs, the recipes for various stews worked well but I prefer these cooked in a slow cooker but with the halogen you can have a beef & barley stew with a cooking time of 55 minutes as opposed to about 8hrs with a slow cooker
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on 20 February 2011
This is an excellent little book and is far superior to the one supplied with the cooker. Excellent value and quick delivery. Thanks.
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on 10 July 2011
A wide range of recipes given in both metric and imperial. Some of the ingredients are quite expensive. A recipe with alternative ingredients is given at the bottom of each page, which effectively doubles the choices. Only downside was many recipes called for items to be cooked on the hob or fried before using the halogen oven, not very helpful if you do not have a traditonal stove.
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on 15 December 2010
Having just purchased a halogen oven, i wanted a book that gave simple cooking guides for plain cooking. For example-- pork chops. How long and and what temperature sort of thing as the instruction leaflet with the oven gave little information. This book is for fancy ideas and doesnt help me.
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on 18 November 2010
Just received this book already can see it's going to be a winner as it has sensible family recipes ranging from curries, casseroles, pasta and deserts with useful tips on using halogen oven. If you are considering buying or have already bought a halogen oven this is going to be of value to you.
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on 23 December 2011
This book came highly recommended to me and I would like to endorse this. Information is clearly written, the recipes are not far fetched and unusable but they are also interesting and new. Recommend this book as an absolute must if you have a halogen oven.
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