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James Martin
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25 Oct 2012
This book makes you glad it s winter. Daily Mail, 11th October 2012

Slow Cooking shows how to produce show-stopping dishes with very little fuss leaving you time to get on with other things.

Let your oven do the work as James Martin, host of Saturday Kitchen, shows how cooking slowly is the perfect way to draw out flavours and textures, enabling you to produce mouthwatering dishes with minimum effort.

Every recipe in Slow Cooking includes an hour or more of cooking or marinating time and no last minute preparation. There are recipes for slow-cooked fish, vegetables and desserts as well as soups, roasts and one-pot dishes. Family favourites include Pot-Roast Chicken and Banana and Custard Tart and there are delicious dinner party ideas that embrace the slow food philosophy, such as Treacle-marinated Salmon and Slow Roast Leg of Lamb in Hay.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd; First Edition edition (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849491232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849491235
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 20 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'There are some spectacular dishes here but you don't need to be an expert patissier to try your hand at these delights' --Mostly Food Journal

'Whether you're looking for some comfort with a homely pudding or to wow your guests with fancy food-art, you will find it all here' for Desserts --The Good Food Channel

'It's full of some fantastic recipes from traditional favourites to modern classics but all with that magical James Martin twist' for Desserts --Waterstones bookseller

“This is the food your gran used to make – quick to prep and slow in the oven so the whole house fills with the aroma.  Of course, this is James Martin’s gran so there’s French Onion Soup and Rich Malted Fruit Loaf.” October 2012, Woman’s Own
“October is the month to start thinking about comforting stews and casseroles, and James Martin’s new book, Slow Cooking, is packed with simple, delicious dishes to take your time over.  Each recipe requires at least an hour of cooking or marinating time, but barely any last-minute prep, so you can let your oven or slow cooker do the work. “ October 2012, Great British Food Magazine

‘Every recipe includes an hour or more of cooking or marinating time.  But they require minimum effort, with the oven or slow cooker doing all the hard work for you.’  10 Best Cookbooks for autumn, Independent September 14th

‘Want to create mouth-watering dishes with minimum effort? As chef James Martin says, with these recipes the key ingredient is time.  Your oven does the hard work, leaving you free to do other things while enjoying the aromas wafting from the kitchen.  Slow Cooking is a joy to read and we guarantee you’ll turn to the recipes time and time again.’ Good Housekeeping, November 2012

About the Author

James Martin is one of the UK's most popular TV chefs. Presenter of the BBC's weekly Saturday Kitchen, and previously a regular team member on Ready Steady Cook, James' infectious enthusiasm and passion for food has won him countless fans. His highly accessible approach to food and tempting recipes were showcased in his most successful book to date, Desserts (2007), published by Quadrille, which accompanied the TV series Sweet Baby James. He also writes a regular recipe column in the Mail on Sunday's Live magazine, as well as making frequent appearances on TV food shows and demonstrating live at the BBC Good Food show.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not what I thought but .... 24 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this recipe book thinking it was for cooking with and in slow cookers - BIG WHOOPS! Some of these recipes are actually doable in a slow cooker (slow one pots; slow stews and braises) but not all and I will have to flag those pages for ease. However the recipes look particularly delicious (especially the puds!) and would suit someone with an aga quite easily - or a lady of leisure - but not all have that luxury. I certainly don't think its aimed at the suburban stressed working mother community. I'll stick to my slow cooker/dreaming-of-an-aga type of cooking for now but I hope to utilise this book on lazy rainy weekends, and learn to research books before impulse buying!
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132 of 136 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic not Slow 1 Nov 2012
By frodo
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I happened to listen to James Martin on radio 2 talking about his book and he talked about fillet of beef that you brown in a pan wrap in clingfilm and place in an oven at 65 degrees centigrade for 3 to 4 hours and it will always come out medium even if it was in there for hours longer."This is what the books about" he said. Simple recipes that are easy to prepare put it in the oven and you cant ruin it.Excellent I thought I love slow cooked food I will order the book and get some interesting recipes.
Well I have to say it must be the most misleading title for a recipe book ever.It has very basic recipes hardly any of which are slow cooked , even the beef fillet recipe mentioned is an hour cooking and has no mention of reduce the oven heat and cook for as long as you want as stated on the radio.
It is a half decent book with some variations on fairly standard recipes but quite honestly it appears as if its been produced as a money maker for the Xmas market rather than a great deal of effort or thought has gone into it.In fact the more I look at it I have come to the conclusion that given a couple of weeks off and a decent photographer, that almost any half decent home cook could produce something far better. Sorry James but I think you can do far better than this.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars kindle version, badly formatted 12 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is quite difficult to read due to the poor quality of the reproduction. It looks more like a slightly out of focus photocopy than a printed book. I'm glad I purchased this as a daily deal and didn't pay full price for it. The font also makes it hard less legible. I haven't really had a good look at the recipes yet so can't comment on them. - if your interested in this book go for a paper copy.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title 27 Dec 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
You may associate the words 'Slow Cooking' with using a slow cooker. James Martin even suggests you dust yours off at the start of the book. That's the last mention. Every recipe is cooked in the oven or on the hob ... gobbling up expensive gas or electricity for a couple of hours and involving the cook hanging around to give things a stir or add further ingredients at a later stage. Not at all what I was expecting.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dont like 26 Nov 2012
By glass
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great fan of James Martin and have his books and use lots of his recipes to which gives me lots of compliments.But I do not like this book at all. For slow cooking I was looking for an everyday cooking ,to either put in slow cooker or to time in oven for coming home from work to feed my family, These are not recipes that you would use for coming in from work. It is also nothing like mother or grandmothers recipes to which it claims.I was so so disapointed in this book, that I would not recomend it to anyone.

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Lynne
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I purchased the Kindle version of this book, and cannot comment on the content as it is well night unreadable on my paperwhite. The pages are in very light greyscale (not back on white) and formatted such as to be almost illegible on my Kindle Paperwhite.

"No problems" thought I - easy to download on my tablet or laptop, the pages probably have a coloured background and will be more legible, only to find Amazon blocks me from downloading the item I have purchased on the laptop or my tablet with a message "This item is not available for this device"

Do not purchase on the Kindle is my advice. Sadly, I cannot comment on the book James has published, much as I would like to, as I cannot read it!
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69 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly mouthwatering - but not 'stand alone' 26 Oct 2012
By MOFF
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am a great fan of James Martin's style and also slow cooking. I ordered the book the moment I heard him talk about it - hoping to find lots of slow cooker recipes -and was delighted when it arrived yesterday, reading it from cover to cover.

He does exhort us to blow the dust off our casseroles and slow cookers, and does suggest, for example, Irish stew as an ideal recipe for the slow cooker. So I was a bit put out when I found that it just had the casserole/oven timing and none for a slow cooker or pressure cooker.

However, if he had done this for all the appropriate recipes, the book would have been twice as long and twice as expensive, so it makes complete sense to just have the casserole timings.

The solution is really very simple. For those of us who have blown the dust off their slow cookers and pressure cooker, but have lost the instructions, buy 'Slow Cooking Properly Explained' and 'Pressue Cooking Properly Explained' from Amazon - rather than their shiny covered brothers.

The rule of thumb here is to find a similar recipe in these small but comprehensive books and use the same timings and order - hours for the slow cooker; minutes for the pressure cooker. And, of course, follow all the good advice in these guides.

As an aside, I see he has used a trad French raised pie mould on page 94. If you are into pies and really want to splash out and treat yourself for Christmas, try to find a non stick one as I did. And if you have used hot water crust pastry in the past, do try Prue Lieth's pāte à pāte pastry recommended as an alternative. It is tastier and likes being made in a food processer.
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