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Best book bar none!
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!