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The Complete Slow Cooker Hardcover – 4 May 2010

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hamlyn; First Edition edition (4 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 060062109X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0600621096
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 3 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Hardcover
This is my favourite slow cooker cookbook: every recipe I have used from it has come out wonderfully well, and it tempts one out of the safe haven of the predictable stews. For example: kedgeree - who would have thought of that for a slow cooker? Well, I can tell you I am never making it any other way ever again! This morning I bunged a few things in the slow cooker and left the house - this lunchtime, the most wonderful moist, flavoursome healthy (brown rice) kedgeree awaited me.
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!
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I looked far and wide for a good slow cooker recipe book. In truth, the range of recipes tend to be somewhat uninspiring - but that's partly down to the slow cooker style that really specialises in stews and the like. This one was both the most appealing in terms of recipes and aesthetically the most attractive - it has nice pictures and doesn't look like it belongs in the 1970s.

The chapters are arranged into:

soups
light bites
everyday suppers
short-cut suppers
forgotten cuts
vegetarian
food for friends
puddings
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?
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This book has some really lovely recipes, the only issue I have had with it is that the timing for the beef hotpot was too long, it was starting to get dry, the meat however was so tender. Lots of good photos which I really like in a cookbook. I looked around a lot of books for slow cookers and this one had the best mix of everyday food.
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Chose this for my mum after thumbing through a few different ones in a bookshop. Bought it on Amazon as cheaper of course.
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!
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I purchased this book last winter as my husband got me a slow cooker for Christmas (I did ask for one). I thought this book was cheap enough to buy and if it was not very good I would not be out of pocket too much. It arrived and it is FANTASTIC. I have used it at least twice a week to cook dinner for the family. The recipes are easy to follow and do not use out of the ordinary ingredients. This book is a must buy for those who are just starting out on their love affair with their slow cooker. Happy cooking. XXX
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I just bought my first slow cooker and used some of the recipes from this book and they are so amazing! The book is clear and understandable, and the food tastes great! Highly recommended!
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Tried about 6 of these recipes so far and all are delicious. As the recipes are for four I've been freezing the leftovers and reheating again later as a pie, and still delicious second time round! Lots of good ideas for carbs too, e.g. dumplings, giant yorkshire puds, so not just casserole and potatoes.
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I have reviewed several books on slow cooking and this is by far the best one. I have tried many of the recipes and have not been disappointed. A good choice if you are new to this method of cooking.
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