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Slow Cooking Properly Explained: Over 100 Favourite Recipes [Paperback]

Dianne Page
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16 April 2009
Dianne Page’s collection of over 100 traditional family recipes for the slow cooker has been a bestseller for many years and is perfect for those who are buying (or thinking of buying) their first slow cooker, as well as for the expert. Now updated to cover the latest developments in slow cooking, her recipes prove that slow cookers not only produce tasty soups, stews and casseroles, but are also ideal for cooking fish, fruit and vegetables. Slow cooking enables the food’s flavours to blend and develop. It tenderizes even the toughest, cheapest meats, offers flexible meal times for busy families and produces no cooking smells and steam in the kitchen.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Right Way (16 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716022214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716022213
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A new and updated edition of the bestselling slow cooking title, ideal for experienced slow cookers and novices alike.

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A great guide to slow cooking - with tasty recipes
Electric slow cookers offer many advantages. The food tastes better and doesn't burn or boil over. Tough cuts of meat become more tender, and you can cook delicious soups, stews and casseroles. And you save a lot of electricity.

This book has been designed for those who are buying (or thinking of buying) their first slow cooker, as well as for the expert. Now in its sixth printing, it has become the standard work on the subject.

The book contains over 100 recipes for tasty and nourishing dishes. Recipes include Soups, Meat, Poultry and Game, Fish, Vegetables, Puddings and Desserts, and much more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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367 of 375 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An informative, easy to understand, must have book 26 April 2001
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Having not used a slow cooker for many years and considering buying a newer, up-to-date version, I was searching for a book that would give me a better idea of what I could actually do with a slow cooker nowadays. I found this book to be very informative on the principles of slow cooking. It was also very easy to understand. The recipes were English based and therefore the ingredients etc were accessible to me and I found this to be a good stepping stone which would give me the confidence to be more adventurous in the future. A must have book for reference, ideas, and encouragement at a very affordable price.
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122 of 125 people found the following review helpful
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I have many slow cooker recipe books - but this one is the one I use the most. Simply, I like it precisely because the recipes are not sophisticated and posh. Flicking through you it you won't see many recipes that require fresh herbs to finish the recipe off - so no throwing out half used tubs of wilted fresh herbs in the bin. A lot of the recipes use store cupboard items such as dried herbs and pulses. A favourite recipe of mine is Winter Pea soup using dried split peas. Alongside my breadmaker I can produce tasty, cheap, nourishing meals with little cost in terms of my time and energy.

I have made the steamed pudding from this book - the result is a light, moist sponge. One of my favourites is fricassee of Turkey - a supposely old fashioned recipe, but nevertheless a really yummy dish using chopped up turkey, lemon, mushrooms and onions.

However, there are a few duff recipes - I have found potatoes turn out watery and unappetising. If a stew recipe includes slow cooked potatoes I just tend to cook them separately, or just serve the dish with rice instead. The beef in beer recipe is wonderful (called Geordie stew with dumplings) - but I omit the dumplings. It cooks in 6 to 10 hours - it is great to come back home to a cooked dinner after a day's work.

I would recommend this book just for the soup recipes alone - once you have tasted how good the soups are you will want to keep on making them!
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211 of 217 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book on slow cooking 4 Nov 2001
By A Customer
I had been thinking about buying a slow cooker for some time, and having come across this book by accident, I found it useful firstly in choosing a cooker suitable for my needs.
The section on care of the cooker, preparation, and hints and tips are a worthwhile read before moving on to the recipies. The recipies are clear, varied, easy to follow and (so far!) have produced results that I have found excellent.
I would heartily recommend this book, especially to those, like me, who are new to slow cooking. The price makes it an indispensible addition to a new slow cooker. The depth of the recipies ensures that it waill also appeal to the more experienced.
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103 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It does exactly what it says on the tin!! 29 Dec 2005
I was given a slow cooker as a Christmas present this year. I got this book to give me a few ideas. It is well laid out with over a hundred easy recipes. There are plenty of helpful hints and tips to help you get started. Well worth the money.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Speaking as a single man who enjoys creating a more than decent meal, I am always using both the microwave and slow cooker in addition to the traditional oven and hotplate. The way in which I use the slow cooker, however, continues to be a test of trial and error - with successes and failures along the way. It was while browsing through some books at a boot fair that I came across this item and was able to use one of the recipes that evening. It just so happened I had purchased a trout earlier that day and this book gave me new ideas for using the slow-cooker which I had, hitherto, confined to chicken and stew and those items which benefit from a long, slow cook. Ready in 2 hours, my trout was perfect - and I now look forward to trying other recipes.

The book is a small paperback about the size of a small novel. What very few illustrations exists are confined to some black and white drawings that might easily be described as scribbles none of which add anything to either the book or any particular dish. In addition, the recipe information is minimal - although this can be useful when you do not want to follow a recipe exactly. Each recipe commences on a new page and most do not fill that page, indeed some only fill a half page. Nevertheless, there are about 100 recipes which cover the following categories; Soup, Meat, Poultry & Game, Fish, Vegetables, Puddings and finally Assorted Extras. In short, a basic grounding into most subjects.

On the `up' side, therefore, if you are unaware of the scope of cooking provided by your slow cooker, this book will awaken a whole new area of expertise in your culinary skills and, by making more use of the item, you even stand to free-up vital oven and hotplate space as you prepare and cook other elements of the meal.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow Cooking - Properly Explained 25 Feb 2010
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Slow Cooking properly explained, is a very good book with loads of interesting recipes in it.

It is exactly what the cover says: 'Properly Explained', with so many helpful hints and exciting things to try!

I had no idea that so much could be done with a Slow Cooker!! Thinking they were intended just for Stews and Soups - what a pleasant surprise I had when I discovered you could create Mulled Wine, Punch, Golden Suet Pudding, Bread and Butter Pudding - to name but a few!! And also the clever use of a Pudding Basin in the Slow cooker!!

I must recommended this book!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Rather a dated book now. I should have paid more attention to the edition I was buying to be honest.
Published 1 hour ago by i s campbell
3.0 out of 5 stars New user
As a first time owner/user of a slow cooker this provided some much needed initial guidance. However, I probably would have been better off buying the book rather than downloading... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cooking book
The slow cookbook has got some great recipes and have used it a few times now would recommend it to anyone
Published 22 days ago by Mr. H. Reeves
5.0 out of 5 stars very good and worth the money
Easy to understand and also using slow cooker helps save money.

Perhaps could have a few more receipes

Would recommend this
Published 29 days ago by Mrs C A Davey
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very good recipes easy to understand the recipes and lots of things in it that I was not aware of using a slow cooker for
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Teresa Tucker
4.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes
I think there are some lovely recipes in this book and would highly recommend it.

It is very useful if you are working. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Linda Corlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy slow cooker book
A good, informative book with easy - and different - recipes using mostly store cupboard ingredients. Would definitely recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by Ms Marilyn Pittock
4.0 out of 5 stars Great...but
Excellent introduction and many well considered tips. However it shoul have had more recipes...that would put it into a different class.
Published 1 month ago by Peter Denis Barnes
2.0 out of 5 stars book with no pictures
I got this book thinking it was a good one , but I have to say it was a very old book and you cant even look at the pictures of the recipe that you are making .
Published 1 month ago by pip
2.0 out of 5 stars No pictures!
As others have said... no photos. Not a problem for a seasoned cook (who probably doesn't need a book anyhow), but photos make a great deal of difference to the "at a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Juliette Thurston
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