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The Slow Cooking Bible (Cookery) [Paperback]

Murdoch Books
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5 Sep 2011 Cookery
'Satisfying' is a word that springs to mind when there's a soup simmering on the stovetop or a casserole cooking to melting tenderness in the oven. Making a meal all in one pot is one of the easiest ways to cook and surely one of the most rewarding. Meat or seafood, vegetables or pulses; whatever the ingredient, it benefits from the process of a long, slow cook, accompanied by aromatic spices or herbs, a good splash of stock and whatever other secret ingredients you, the cook, have up your sleeve. Slow-cooked dishes abound in cuisines all around the world, and this collection of flavoursome recipes showcases the best of them. Don the apron, wield the chopping knife and start cooking. Key points: features dozens of slow-cooked recipes from around the world; soups and casseroles for meat lovers and vegetarians; includes a selection of recipes created for a slow-cooker appliance; a user-friendly guide to slow cooking that explains the basic techniques and ways to get the best results.

Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (5 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742665446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742665443
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 23 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 787,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars In My Top 10!!! 17 Oct 2011
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I'm not often impressed by recipe books - as a former head-chef, I'm usually bored by the overly complicated (and sometimes completley wrong) methods and use of ingredents. But this book struck me at once! Cooking the way it is ment to be!!!

beyond a little bit of preperation of ingredents and a handy timer or alarm, this is "put it on and forget about it" cooking. Soups, stews, casseroles, roasts and more that require very little effort and produce some great meals!

This is a grat book and one well worth adding to any foodies library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A useful addition to your cookery books 21 Sep 2011
By Magdalene VINE VOICE
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This book is split into sections for soups, casseroles, stews, curries, vegetarian, slow cookers, etc. Quite a big book with over 300 pages and more than 300 recipes. Book is beautifully illustrated with colour photos and step-by-step instructions.

The book starts off with a nice introduction to cooking techniques, food safety, etc.

Some of the ingredients mentioned in the Asian soup section are un-familiar and may require a visit to a specialist food shop. Prep and cooking time generally range from 20mins to over 3 hours. All in all, it's a nice addition to the bookshelf of any cooking enthusiast.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essentially a casserole cookbook, expanded 10 Sep 2011
By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This big, 390-page softcover cookbook is from the Australian publisher Murdoch Books. According to the introduction, the book "celebrates the joy of flavours which can only be crafted from taking things slowly". It is not, as the title might suggest, just about recipes for a `slow-cooker', though the final chapter (of nine) is devoted exclusively to this specialist appliance. The book's more general subject is proper, take-your-time slow cooking: i.e. preparing a meal which is then cooked in a casserole dish for a couple of hours:

"Slow cooking allows the ingredients to coalesce, weaving a culinary magic which transcends the palate and feeds the heart and soul."

The chapter contents are not arranged strictly according to main ingredient - i.e. pork dishes, lamb dishes etc. - but by type, as follows:

* Asian soups

* Vegetable soups

* Meat and seafood soups

* Casseroles

* Stews

* Curries

* One pots

* Vegetarian

* Slow cookers

Overall the contents are very comprehensive and, like almost all modern cookbooks, lavishly illustrated with high-quality photography - typically the text of either two or just one recipe are printed on the left-hand side of the page and the photos are on the right-side. Directions are easy to follow and the results (from my few attempts at the recipes so far) turn out as promised.

One minor complaint seems to be that the book is large, heavy and unwieldy to use. Well, maybe: it's larger than A4 letter size and has almost 400 pages. If the physical size of a cookbook is important to you, then go buy a small one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Slow Cooking Bible 28 Aug 2011
By W. Baker VINE VOICE
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This is an excellent recipe book. The photographs of each finished dish are of amazingly high quality and realistic of what you can expect your dish to look like. The instructions are clear and well set out, with the majority of ingredients listed being easily obtained and not over-expensive. The opening chapter on basics was informative and gave good sound advice on slow cooking methods.

My only criticism of this book is it not being bound in a hard cover, as the weight of the book and its soft cover make it awkward to handle when working in the kithen. Otherwise, this is a superbly illustrated and well written cookery book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the cover 22 Mar 2013
By Mr. M Errington VINE VOICE
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Slow cooking is as much a state of mind as a technique. Think of it as the opposite of wok cookery. Nothing is so warming or welcome as a slow-cooked meal on a cold winter's day. Much of it is one-pot, so it is efficient for the washing up, and long slow cooking can make delicious food of even the cheapest and toughest cuts of meat. I recommend this as a good starter for you if you do not do this kind of cooking already.
And another benefit of slow cooking is when you have guests, when you can serve up the food when you and they are ready, and not be tied to a hot stove when you want to be joining in the fun.
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1.0 out of 5 stars recipe misleading book 20 May 2012
By swango
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Bought this book as I have a slow cooker,but recipes are not specificlly for a slow cooker although the title indicates it is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good wholesome cooking 19 April 2012
By love reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Rather strangely, I have waited until the spring to bring out my slow cooker and begin to use this very good cookery book. It has been years. Yet is was worth the wait. This book has renewed my opinions of the pot roast and slow ways of cooking stews and even some lovely vegetarian dishes. I have tried a few of the recipes and they have all been lovely and very easy.
The book is well laid out with lots of beautiful and appealing photographs. It is also very easy to follow and the recipes are uncomplicated.
Perhaps I will set it aside again until the autumn but maybe not as it is a very easy way to prepare a filling and delicious meal.
I do thoroughly recommend this book and I will certainly be using it frequently.
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4.0 out of 5 stars slow cooking yummy 15 April 2012
By E. Dale VINE VOICE
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easy to prepare recipes, can be left in slow cooker without worry....don't take all day to prepare and ready for end of day when you want a good meal but don't want to start preparing etc...after a busy day, really yummy dishes too, making my mouth water just thinking about them...buy this book...you won't be disapponted..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very appetising
This is a large book and I confess I haven't tried more than a few meals from it. The main criticism I have is the photos. Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2012 by Jr Lorrimer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so slow Slow Cooking Bible?
I chose this book thinking that it would mostly contain the sort of recipes that you prepare early and put in a slow oven for an hour or three. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2011 by J. H. Bretts
4.0 out of 5 stars Good cook book but not that adventurous
I really liked this book: nearly 400 hundred pages of straight-forward easy to make recipes that al levels of ability will be able to follow. Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2011 by J.R.Hartley
4.0 out of 5 stars Rich flavours and easy to follow - nice compendium of recipes
This is a nice, weighty volume of recipes for mainly casserole-style dishes. Don't be put off (or misled) by the 'slow cooking' title, as you can make many of the dishes in the... Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2011 by R. WEST-SOLEY
2.0 out of 5 stars Better books out there
Oh dear, what can I say, this fails to inspire.

An Australian publication, with quite a few ingredients not easily available in the UK (but easily substituted once you... Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2011 by C. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Nearly perfect.
I was delighted to find this is a big heavy tome of a book with pages much larger than A4. Someone has actually put some thought into this cook book. Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2011 by A. Cresswell
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