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125 Best Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes [Paperback]

Judith Finlayson
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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9 Sep 2004
Slow cookers have been rediscovered by a whole new generation of busy families, students and professionals. People on the go love being able to throw wholesome ingredients into a cooker, close the lid and come home to a hot, satisfying meal at the end of the day. However, most slow cooker cookbooks feature recipes using meat, poultry and fish, and include only a few vegetarian recipes. This book features 125 new and outstanding vegetarian recipes including: - Cannelloni with Tomato and Aubergine Sauce - Three-Bean Chilli with Bulgur - Louisiana Ratatouille - Rice and Bean Casserole with Cheese and Chillies - Creamy Leek, Potato and Mushroom Stew with Blue Cheese - Succulent Succotash - Potato-and-Cauliflower Dahl with Spicy Shallots - Cider Baked Beans - Meatless Moussaka - Mushroom and Artichoke Lasagne - Also provided is useful information about the basics of slow cooking and tips like using whole leaf herbs and spices. Common pantry ingredients are particularly helpful in turning out great-tasting and innovative slow cooker food. Now, vegetarians can enjoy all the benefits of slow cookers. Robert Rose is a subsidiary imprint of Firefly Books Ltd, specialising in cookery and health titles.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Rose Inc (9 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778801047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778801047
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lots of good advice for cooks who have never used a slow cooker as well as some specialized advice on going meatless in the slow cooker.--Myrna Collins"Appleton Post-Crescent" (02/02/2005)

About the Author

Judith Finlayson is a food journalist and author. She began her career writing featured food articles, reviewing restaurants and developing recipes for magazines. This is her third cookbook.

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108 of 110 people found the following review helpful
Almost every slow cooker recipe I've ever made has been tomato-based. Recipe books are full of slow-cook meat recipes and stews, but I was bored already, after just a few months of owning my slow cooker.

So I had high hopes for this recipe book and I have to say it has exceeded my expectations.

Firstly, the recipes actually are vegetarian (many of them are vegan). I say this because other slow cooker recipe books have "vegetarian" sections which are packed with meat stock, chicken soup, fish sauce and bacon in the ingredients!

Secondly, the recipes are easy and they work. Again, despite being pretty experienced in the kitchen, I've had the experience of embarrassing failures with other slow cooker recipe books.

Thirdly, just reading the recipes made me want to get cooking! They are inspiring, delicious and simple to follow. There are hints for how to prepare the night before, to save time, and also variations on the recipes, to keep them interesting.

I highly recommend this book for vegetarian slow cooker users and also non-veggies who are bored of meat casseroles and fancy a change.

So far my favourite recipes from this book are:

Peanut & Potato Loaf
Raspberry Custard Cake
Lentil Shepherd's Pie
Wild Rice With Mushrooms & Apricots
French Onion Soup
Caramelised Onions
Hot Roasted Nuts

I hope you enjoy this recipe book!
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for beginners with a slow cooker 21 Jan 2008
This book is great it has a helpful guide at the start on how to use your cooker including some tips. Which are really needed as my cooker didn't come with very good instructions and tips.

The recipes are clear and have tips down the side which I have found very useful. I really like the make ahead tips as you can flick through and find recipes which you can prepare the night before, leave in the fridge and then put in the cooker the next morning.

Yes the book does not contain many pictures, but the descriptions/tips are so good you know what you are doing by following the instructions.
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing cookbook! 8 Nov 2007
I love this cookbook, it is fantastic. I've made loads of recipies from it which were all easy to follow and yummy. I use this cook book almost every day now. I have alot of other cook books and usually try two or three of the recipes but this one I've made about 12 things from and I'm still working my way through it. The ingredients are all easy to find and it is a great book if you are trying to eat seasonally. I make my family's dinner in the morning but I don't need to wait around for it to cook, I just switch the slow cooker on and then go about my day. Fantastic book!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment 8 Jan 2009
By mr
I bought this book along with a slow cooker in a hope that they would enable me to do more home cooking. I found these recipes to be too full of things like tins of condensed soup and other ingredients which meant that the food cooked from it tasted less like home cooking than anything alse I have ever made. I also have to say that I liked the sound of very few recipes in the book, and not one of those turned out to be enjoyable. Much of this is very samey and nothing I made tasted fresh.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delicious and easy 7 Feb 2009
This book is great. The recipes are easy to follow, and really delicious. And she doesn't make up for not using meat by shoving in loads of cheese, which seems to happen a lot in other veggy cookbooks. I'm trying to cut down on buying cookbooks but my next one will probably be by the same author.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great 29 Mar 2011
This was the first book I bought when I got a slow cooker and it was quite disappointing. Lots of the recipes require too much preperation, defeating the object of using a slow cooker. Several I made, although they sounded like they would be good, really lacked in either any flavour at all, or the flavours were just wrong/mismatched. And some of the recipes are just plain bad. Quite a few suggest using far too much liquid, so something which may have been nice ends up swimming in stock. Its one saving grace is the desserts section, which seems to be great, hence two stars. I've made a 'blonde brownies' recipe from it several times and it's really delicious.
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful
By englishheather TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The reviews here led to my decision to buy this book rather than other vegetarian slow cooker recipe books available on Amazon. Not one of them mentioned the following negatives. Had I known them I would not have bought it.

The Product Description included that welcome idea for busy people of being able to throw ingredients into a cooker to later come home to a hot meal at the end of the day. THERE IS NOT ONE DINNER IN THIS BOOK FOR WHICH THAT IS TRUE. Most casserole and stew recipes require cooking (frying, etc.) the ingredients first, according to the author. (She appears to have anticipated the reaction she would get from some readers to this because she extols the virtues of doing so, at the start of the book.) Indeed, in some cases so much work is required and the meal is virtually ready prior to putting anything into the Slow Cooker that I feel this is a book for any cooker adapted to include the magic words 'Slow Cooker'.

I had always thought that a Slow Cooker has been designed to cook the ingredients SLOWLY from scratch to retain flavours, colours and nutrients (with the big plus of using very little energy). While I appreciate that some ingredients require preparation (soaking, rinsing, chopping, crushing, ...) if I wanted to fry, boil (or whatever) the evening meal I would do so and wouldn't be referring to a Slow Cooker recipe book.

The Product Description also mentions 'common pantry ingredients'.
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