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Classic 1000 Slow  Cooker Recipes
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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2012
If you're looking for the only slow cooker recipe book you'll ever need, stop here, you've found it! At £8.99 I thought it was a little pricey in comparison with many of the other slow cooker books out there,especially since I only paid a tenner for the slow cooker itself.. but after a year, I can honestly say it was money well spent!

There are so many recipes, that you just cannot go wrong. The only downside is that some of the recipes are pretty much duplicates of one another, but with different names, however, in a book of that volume it doesn't really make much difference, as there's still plenty to choose from. Yes, there are some recipes that aren't slow cooker recipes at all, but are nevertheless useful, and compliment the other recipes perfectly. For me, the biggest plus point for this book is that only a small fraction of the recipes suggest that one does any kind of pre cooking or browning, mince beef they suggest you brown quickly to stop it clumping, and joints of meat to sear first to lock in flavour. The bulk of the recipes allow you to simply prep the ingredients, throw them in the pot and turn the dial...job done.

There are recipes from all parts the world,which include among others, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, French, and if you want good old plain English. Another good thing I noticed was, that throughout the book the recipes aren't full of expensive or obscure ingredients..mainly stuff you're likely to have in your store cupboard or fridge, or you could pick up easily from the supermarket. There's recipes for soups, stews, starters, desserts, mains, and umpteen vegetarian choices.

My slow cooker came with a mini recipe booklet which had some very good suggestions in it, but once I'd tried them all, I naturally wanted some more ideas. The first book I bought was only a couple of pounds and honestly, every single recipe in it required some kind of precooking...that's not what slow cooking is all about! As far as I'm concerned, it's about convenience and ease (and yumminess!) 1000 classic slow cooker recipes will give you all of that and more!
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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 27 January 2011
Though this is a new publication it is in many ways a revised version of the author's "1,001 Best Slow Cooker Recipes" of two years ago. The good news is that the American measures of the earlier book have been replaced with metric and imperial weights and measures, and the style is less American. It remains devoid of photographs. I have no problem with this for it means, other things being equal, more recipes and a lower price. However, among a thousand recipes there are inevitably some that seem pointless. For example, "pork sandwiches" consists of instructions on how to cook a joint of pork and then slice it to put in a burger or slices of bread. There are a number of recipes for making bread. I have no doubt that some will take pleasure in using a slow cooker for this but I shall stick to my breadmaker.

Though the recipes aim more directly at a British audience than the earlier book they would still appeal to America's Lieutenant Columbo of TV drama fame for there are no fewer than 143 references to chilli. There are also more chowder recipes than one would normally see in a British book but there is no mention of pigeon, rabbit, hare, grouse and partridge. I can understand this because many other cookery books omit them, but neither is there any reference to duck, pheasant or venison and I would expect these to be in a book for Brits, particularly as the last two are well suited to slow cooking.

The book circumvents the problem that some slow cookers have medium or auto settings in addition to low and high by using only low and high. Though this book does not tick all my boxes it has many positive features, including a useful introduction on using slow cookers and good sections on soups and vegetarian dishes. The recipes cover the full range of cooking including starters, international cuisine, desserts, drinks and bread. Among such a large number of recipes there are many that will appeal to new users of slow cookers and others that will attract experienced users wishing to try something new or test the versatility of their slow cookers to the limit.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2012
This is definitely the best slow cooker book on the market. It is so comprehensive, you will never need to purchase any other book! It really is fabulous. The only thing I miss is that there are no pictures, but if you want a book that will give you every slow cook recipe imaginable then this is the one for you. I absolutely love love it, and have cooker several meals from it with great success.

Have also recently purchased a Cuisinart 6.5 litre slow cooker, and I must say although it was expensive is the best slow cooker on the market. I tried Morphy Richards - burn the food; a Crock Pot - again burn the food, and then Lakeland,but the outer container handle just broke off for no apparent reason. I did quite a lot of research before buying another one. I particularly love the timer and keep warm facility on the Cuisinart, and if anyone is thinking of buying a slow cooker then I can heartily recommend the 6.5 litre one. I freeze a lot of the left overs because we are only two at home, and then there is a ready cooked meal in the freezer!

This particular cook book gives recipes for everything from soups, mains, vegetarian, dessert, cakes and drinks as well as cooking whole joints of meat and poultry. I would say this book is a 'must buy cookbook' because it is so comprehensive. You will not regret buying it. It is superb!!
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on 7 February 2014
I like experimenting using Slow Cookers and I have a few books. This book is the best one I have bought. Yes there are perhaps too many soups and yet they range from the lightweight first course type soup to a hearty main course soup with a lot of originality in between, some I would have described as stews, something I was looking for. The author of this book is American and that is reflected in the type of dish and ingredients used e.g. chilli, which I am becoming bored with, unless its chocolate and chilli ice cream, which is devilish difficult to do in a slow cooker. But equally it is not heavy on curries, West Indian, or oriental dishes so beloved of the unoriginal UK authors. I have have perused this book with a critical eye but have not cooked any of the recipes though they look very good. I was disappointed to find only one churney recipe, no jam recipes nor a Christmas pudding recipe; in fact the author appears to make almost no use of the Slow Cooker as a steamer citing only one steamed pudding recipe. Cakes are baked on a rack in a slow cooker of suggested size 5.5 litres a non-starter for me. I have had a lot of success cooking cakes in a 3.5l model immersing the cake tin in boiling water. Well, I ain’t got an oven ‘ave I? Well OK I have but its an old gas model with an attitude, temperamental and often slow to light which, when it does there is a loud explosion, it leaps a foot into the air and fighter aircraft from the nearby RAF station are scrambled until they receive the message, ” Return to base, it’s just that nutter cooking again.” In conclusion I would buy this book as a gift for a friend, the price makes it a must.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2014
An enormous collection of recipes. The ones that I have tried have been very satisfactory. There are no illustrations but I think that this is understadable given the number of recipes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2011
Just bought a slow cooker, so bought this book after reading the reviews on amazone. I have only had the book a few days and I have found lots of interesting recipes to try. Easy to understand. Not sure about the hot drinks and sandwich section but the rest looks ok. Would recommend
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 6 August 2013
A handy book to have, but like all cook books these days, this one is chock full of fancy recipes. If you prefer simple cooking then this book might disappoint. The whole point of slow cookers is to make life easier for busy people, without messing about with the preparation.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2013
Review inresepect of the Kindle version

With 1000 recipes to chose from what can go wrong....

Well not include an index is a great start. If you are happy spending your days aimlessly flicking through pages hoping that you come across the recipes you wanted this is the book for you. Adding insult to injury is the table of content, having each item spread across pages with just one entry per page....Makes you think that the creators of the Kindle version are under the mistaken impression that they will get paid by the page view?

In summary..... this is the ideal book if you want to stretch your Slow cooking time, 8 hours to find a recipe followed by 8 hours on low while it cooks. This time can be spent bonding with your family as they argue how hungry they are....

The recipes appear straightforward enough (sadly no pictures to give you light relief as you slog through all 1,000 of them) but until an index is added stay clear of the Kindle version....
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2014
The negative. It has no pictures which I realized would be helpfull in choosing recipes. Also too many soups
The positive. A lot of recipes to choose from.
Keep in mind that you will have to experiment with some recipes until you figure out the right cooking times and quantities for your own slow cooker
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2011
had a slow cooker for a while but not used it too much due to lack of information so bought this book after a long search brilliant everything you need to know,showed it to a friend who liked it so much i bought one for her too,highly recommend it.
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