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Not really liking cooking and not having much imagination where cooking is concerned, this is a book that I can see myself using...occasionally...during winter months: it's simple and apparently slow-cookers are cheap to run, using only as much electricity as a lightbulb, and a lot of the cuts of meat used are cheaper ones, as slow cooking will make them soft. Stick it all in a pot, make sure there's enough liquid, forget about it and off I go.

Some of the 'recipes' are pretty good, such as the Goulash, which sounds authentic and takes 4hrs. Shredded BBQ Beef - sounds like the stuff Adam Richman raves about on Man vs Food, which I've tried on a cookertop (many hours, much mess, much shrinkage and the sauce not quite right). Cobbler, which I've never tried, sounds good.

Some not so good: Sizzling Salsa (more like a dip), which uses browned sausage, and cooked salsa and pasteurised cheese - could easily be done on a cookertop in about 15 mins, and which I think has probably got a fat content through the roof! Cider - made from bought CIDER (yes, CIDER, not apple juice), cranberry juice, orange juice and apricot nectar, one peeled orange plus sugar - sounds like the stuff you have at Xmas, warmed through, so why does it need 6hrs cooking time?! Chicken Cacciatore - not at all authentic, used ready-prepared tomato sauce from a jar. Chocolate Goodness: choc chips, choc cake mix, choc pudding INSTANT mix - 6hrs in the pot?? Hmmm...

I don't think I'll be using it that often to invest in a slowcooker of my own, but I have loan of one, so will try out a few of the stew/meat ones during the winter time.
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on 7 December 2011
As far as I am concerned a proper recipe book does not include recipes with "ingredients" such as 'chocolate cake mix'.
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on 31 January 2014
Does what it says on the tin. With plenty of ideas and clear instruction the missus loves her slow cooker.
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on 4 March 2016
Useful book
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