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Slow Cooking Curries and Spicy Dishes (Slow Cooking) (Slow Cooking)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I am admittedly a slow cooker novice, but I have tried at least a dozen recipes from this book and all have been a great success. My meat- mad husband even enjoyed the Aubergine Pea and Lentil Madras! Some of the recipes might not be for the curry purist (English-style curried chicken casserole - made with condensed soup - Anyone?) but I defy anyone to find a recipe book where every single recipe is to everybody's taste. The instructions are simple and easy to read, and the pages do stay open so you can leave it lying on the work surface while mixing up the spices, and there is a good mix of recipes which require you to create your own spice mixtures, and some which use pre-prepared pastes and powders. Yes you will need to seek out lemongrass and cardamom pods for some of the recipes, but most seem forgiving if, say, you have fresh chillies instead of dried, and so forth. My only terribly small slight criticism would be that for the beginner there really is no guide to how hot or mild the recipes are. Obviously this is difficult to judge due to variations in personal taste, and I erred on the side of caution for my first few attempts, but I am now confident that none of the recipes will be uncomfortably burning hot, yet they have all have been delicious. I have used this book at least two or three times a week for the last month and would ay it has been a great hit - no leftovers from these slow-cooker delights!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2009
I am totally impressed with this book, I am new to slow cooking but I was fed up with just doing stews.

This book has opened my eyes. I have only cooked two recipes up to now but have only had the book a couple of weeks and both meals went down a storm. My friends at work love it too and one of them has actually bought another book in the same series.

I would highly recommend it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2012
I have had many lovely meals using recipes from this book. Some of them don't taste exactly like restaurant curries, for example, the korma style one is not quite right made with creme fraiche but it was still really good in a different way. I've cooked several dishes which have all turned out well and have been gobbled up by my curry loving husband.

The ingredients lists are manageable, not enormous and you can find all the spices in any supermarket. It does involve some frying beforehand so depending on the recipe some might take up to 15 minutes to prepare.

The format is easy to read, the instructions are broken down into simple steps and there are not too many. I'm a busy mum of two little ones and I can find the time to prepare the meals without much hassle. I would say that you need a book stand, the book is fairly small so the pages don't stay open.

Very pleased with this book. For little work, I end up with a lovely meal to look forward to when the kids have gone to bed. I'm sure they will enjoy the curries when they're older!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2009
For the price this book is fantastic. I've tried 10 of the recipes now and there's only 1 of those I haven't enjoyed so far. Because I already enjoyed cooking with the spices included in the recipes there was nothing I needed to buy but if you don't already cook in this manner you will have a few stock ingredients to acquire, mainly in the form of dried herbs.

The instructions are very simple to follow and the timings are very accurate. Some recipes call for seasonal ingredients and the author has given you alternatives; for example if pumpkin isn't in season you are given other ingredients to try.

I would even think about (as another reviewer mentions) getting an extra slow cooker to do more than one dish at a time. I use a normal timer bought from a DIY shop to use my slow cooker when I'm out at work and therefore time the recipe to be finished after I've got in and have prepared whatever we're having with it - bread, salad, rice etc.

I'm certainly looking forward to working my way through most of the other recipes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 19 February 2014
Chicken tikka masala, spicy chicken casserole,mild minced beef curry, Mexican chilli con carni,Indian slow roast leg of lamb,Jamacan curried goat or lamb, Kofta,Japanese stew,Thia curry, veg curry Sri lankan curry are just a few recipes in this book. I have tried a few now and they have all been good, as it says on the cover cook takeaway at home. The recipes are easy to follow, there are no pictures but then I dont think you really need them with this type of cooking. Its a small neat well set out paperback book.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 5 November 2009
Here's a curious cookbook that's maybe enticing nervous Indian cookery virgins along with the slow cooker devotees. Either way, if you're tempted by a quick fix to authentic Indian cooking the easy way, this bold claim cookbook should be treated with a high degree of caution.

At first glance, there appears to be a good range of recipes to entice the novice in Caroline Humphries' slow cooking solutions and many are easy to throw into the pot to delight the slow cooking convenience seekers. Humphries' introduction heralds the curry as the new age food so do we have a perfect match to the new / old age slow cooker revival? And there's no mistaking the cover shouts at "better flavour" and "meals of restaurant quality". The saviour from the reliance on the local takeaway, which for many is probably the only way they have eaten the delights of a wonderful cuisine.

Indian cookery is far from difficult and with a little investment in store cupboard spices, there are far better recipe books out there which will take you a fraction of the time to cook and taste so much more superior than what this book will direct. As an example, Indian cooking with meats often requires vital marinating time (not days but maybe an hour or two) yet the claim here is slow cooking does that for you. Not strictly correct and the shame is that the slow cookers on the market all seem to cook too quickly even on the standard low settings. Humphries' acknowledges the non marinating effect in her chicken tikka recipe but you are likely to notice the non-ability of slow cookers to do the alternate version any justice in its overcooking and blandness. The Tobago Curried Crab Pilaf recipe is not only a gross infringement of cooking rights but a shocking waste of good ingredients in the resultant gloop of wallpaper paste on a plate. The recipe states a 2 hour cook on low but even with a premium cooker after less than an hour, it's not remotely what it claims to be.

This reviewer doesn't question other reviewers' enjoyment of these recipes and without any degree of preciousness, the route to marvellous curries are a little preparation and far easier cooking the traditional way on a stove and in a fraction of the time.

If in doubt, try Madhur Jaffrey's Ultimate Curry Bible and taste the difference. If it came with a money back guarantee that every recipe wasn't perfect, delicious and eat-in meals better than restaurant quality, Madhur wouldn't have to write one cheque.

On a practical note, you'll also need to consider the size for your cooker as Humphries' recipes only cater for four servings, with the odd 4 - 6. If you've a 6.5 litre slow cooker they are going to be dwarfed and even when upping the measurements you're not guaranteed to have the same results.

Slow cooking is not and never was the be all cure for an easy cooking life and certainly not for a curry revolution. Don't be swayed; this is a poor and frequently misleading cookbook.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2009
Fantastic book. Small in size but filled with loads of tasty easy to make dishes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2010
There are some really nice recipe's in this book, with variations on which meat and cooking time to use. However, it's just a shame there aren't any pictures of each dish as that is usually how i choose which recipe to cook!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2009
Superb book, easy to follow and a good variety of dishes. I am a relative newcomer to the slow cooking world and found this to be an excellent starter book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2011
This is a great book. As a new convert to slow cooking I trawled the web looking for recipes. I have to say, most of the recipes I found on line were terrible, designed for people who don't usually cook. This collection of recipes produces authentic dishes that have been slow cooked to perfection. You have to have a variety of spices to hand and be willing to do a little prep like fry off onions, but this doesn't usually take any longer than twenty minutes and then into the slow cooker for a few hours. The chicken dhansak is a favourite in this house.

Loads of recipes for meat, fish and vegetarian dishes from around the world. If you have a slow cooker and like to cook then this is the book for you.
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