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on 26 April 2001
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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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 18 February 2009
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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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. On the `down' side, if you already consult a more comprehensive work on the subject, you will find little of value here.

In summary, the information provided on every aspect of cooking with a slow cooker is the bare minimum - and that includes recipe details. Great for those who know nothing but of no use to those whose knowledge is already further ahead when it comes to using this piece of kitchen equipment.

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on 29 December 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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on 4 November 2001
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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on 25 February 2010
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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on 11 February 2004
This book does exactly what it says on the front!
Properly explains slow cooking, I was not apprehensive about using my new slow cooker after reading this little book.
Perfect to get you started!
Happy Cooking!
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on 4 November 2009
I found this book brilliant to give you the general idea for slow cooking. Once you get the basics of slow cooking it is easy then to use it to convert your own recipes. Saying that there are some lovely recipies in the book, so that anyone who is just learning to cook should find this book really helpful.
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on 22 May 2009
This book explains slow cooking properly, just as the title says. It also gives useful tips on how to adapt your own ordinary recipes to slow cooking and advice such as if you take the lid off during cooking you break the water seal and need to add 20 minutes to the cooking time.

One reviewer complains the recipes are not 'modern' enough, but what the author does is to give you, in effect, the master recipe for you then to adapt, for each main food group, eg for different kinds of meat, poultry and fish while also including essential classic dishes such as cassoulet and oxtail stew, which absolutely have to be slow cooked anyway.

It is obvious she is an experienced cook, so she chooses recipes which are ideal for slow cooking and explains why.

For the beginner, especially, this is indispensable.

Very good value all round.

Note I agree with the author that a ceramic pot is the best. I have been using the Crock Pot SCV400W Oval Slow Cooker White 3.5L
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on 23 February 2009
Excellent book , easy to use and easy to read. Tells you all you need to know about using a slow cooker and lots of easy but very good recipes! If slow cooking is a mystery to you - this is the book for you .
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