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Being a single man who enjoys creating a decent meal, my efforts with the Microwave were totally limited to defrosting and reheating until I began studying this book. Having done so, I immediately prepared a couple of meals which, although in great need of improvement (which will come with practise), have shown me there is more to this piece of equipment then I had ever realised. As with my comments about a sister-publication (Slow-Cooking properly explained), my continued use of the Microwave will remain one of trial and error. There is, however, already a great improvement on what had gone before.
This is a small book about A10 size containing 190 pages - most of which are given over to some 120 recipes. There are no photographs or illustrations at all - except for a small number of inconsequential drawings. What I did like, after the author's interesting introduction was the full explanation of the Microwave and from the `Advantages and Limitations' we learn the benefits as well as the fact that this equipment is incapable of making toast, pancakes, browning and crisping and cannot cook an egg in its shell... But that's OK!, because nobody is suggesting the end of other, traditional, methods of cooking. In short, properly used, this is the cooker for the busy or working person who does not have time to spend hours slaving over the hotplate and, with a little practise, will be able to defrost cook and reheat in a much shorter and altogether more economical manner.
Once again, we find minimal recipe information- although I think this is useful when you want to cook, say, fish but do not want to include some particular ingredient. The recipes cover the following categories; Soups & Starters, Fish, Sauces, Meat & Poultry, Eggs & Cheese, Vegetables, Rice-Pasta-Pulses & Cereals, Fruit & Deserts and finally Cakes, Biscuits and Sweets - best explained as a good grounding into most subjects. In addition, there are also useful timing charts for the cooking and for thawing fish and different meats and poultry which is particularly helpful and should be copied out and stuck on the kitchen wall!
If, like me, you are unaware of the full scope of cooking provided by your Microwave, I cannot think of a better way for any publisher to open up this whole new strategy in cooking. It really is a good introduction to the subject. If, however, you already consult a more comprehensive work, you will find little of value here - apart from a couple of new recipes perhaps.
In summary, the information provided on every aspect of cooking with a Microwave is the bare minimum - and that includes recipe details. Great for those who know nothing at all but of little use to those whose knowledge is already further ahead. At £5:99 (publisher's UK RRP), however, it has to be good value for money.