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The Complete Slow Cooker Hardcover – 4 May 2010
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Slow cookers are hugely versatile, as well as being environmentally friendly. Perfect for those with hectic lifestyles - providing a nutritious meal within minutes of arriving home after a busy day. A great money-saving tool - delicious dishes can be created from cheaper cuts of meat and seasonal vegetable. Contains a short-cut chapter with speedy meals that don't require you to brown the meat beforehand and a secret 'cheat' chapter with recipes using ready-made jars, cans and chilled extras.
About the Author
Sara Lewis is an experienced home economist and food writer. She was the cookery editor of 'Practical Parenting' magazine for over 12 years and is the author of many cookery books including Kids in the Kitchen, Ultimate Slow Cooker and Hamlyn All Colour: 200 Cakes & Bakes, all published by Hamlyn.
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The key thing (as always with the truly lazy slow cooker chef) is to check how much of the recipe actually demands pre frying, and how much of that can be skipped/got around (eg onions can actually be softened perfectly well in the slow cooker - I bung them on while I am cooking dinner, and switch the pot off as I clear up, which seems to work ok) - but here there are a lot of recipes which can be done without messing up any other pots or spending half an hour pre-frying things!
I recommend this one highly - my other slow cooker book is gathering dust, and this is gathering stains from use!
The chapters are arranged into:
food for friends
drinks and preserves
ways to cheat.
This structure means that dishes are not grouped together as you might expect - say with all beef based recipes together, but no problem as there's a good index. The forgotten cuts chapter in particular is interesting and has good recipes that will save you money in these cash-strapped times.
Personally, and to be fair all the slow cooking recipe books seem to do this, but the chances of me using my slow cooker to make "skiers hot chocolate" for example are somewhere close to zero. A lot of the recipes do seem to involve using a slow cooker for the sake of it when another method would do as well. Surely the benefit of a slow cooker is that you want to do maybe a little prep, throw things in and go off and work or play and come back to a melt in the mouth, tasty meal? Am I going to use it to make marmalade? No, I am not.
In practice then only around two thirds of the recipes are ones that I am likely to try. But as I've said, that's my complaint about all the others too, so it seems you just have to lump it. Why for example do we need eggs en cocette at 45 minutes?Read more ›
I went to visit mum the other day and she made the vension/betroot stew thing which was a resounding success. She seems very happy with the book. Thumbs up!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this as a gift for my mum. I already have the book, and it is brilliant. I use all the time. Read morePublished 10 months ago by lily
Sara Lewis is one of the best writers of recipes for the slow cooker.Published 11 months ago by Dee
love it cant wait to get going on cooking, had my slow cooker for ages but needed a cook book went to the library the book I went for was the complete slow cooker, by Sara Lewis I... Read morePublished 17 months ago by rene
Delivered on time - excellent condition. Have tried several of the recipes and have found no fault with them at all. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sandra - Rotherham