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3.0 out of 5 stars Basic not Slow, 1 Nov 2012
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I happened to listen to James Martin on radio 2 talking about his book and he talked about fillet of beef that you brown in a pan wrap in clingfilm and place in an oven at 65 degrees centigrade for 3 to 4 hours and it will always come out medium even if it was in there for hours longer."This is what the books about" he said. Simple recipes that are easy to prepare put it in the oven and you cant ruin it.Excellent I thought I love slow cooked food I will order the book and get some interesting recipes.
Well I have to say it must be the most misleading title for a recipe book ever.It has very basic recipes hardly any of which are slow cooked , even the beef fillet recipe mentioned is an hour cooking and has no mention of reduce the oven heat and cook for as long as you want as stated on the radio.
It is a half decent book with some variations on fairly standard recipes but quite honestly it appears as if its been produced as a money maker for the Xmas market rather than a great deal of effort or thought has gone into it.In fact the more I look at it I have come to the conclusion that given a couple of weeks off and a decent photographer, that almost any half decent home cook could produce something far better. Sorry James but I think you can do far better than this.
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Initial post: 3 Nov 2012 15:15:13 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Nov 2012 15:15:56 GMT
solo says:
Thank you for these comments. I also heard about this on the radio, and thought exactly the same. I have even looked through various recipe sites to find this slow roast beef that you could even put in the oven the night before!! Does not appear to exist, thank you for helping to save my money and avoid disappointment.

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 09:32:20 GMT
Hmm, I was going to purchase this book after listening to James on Radio 2 talking about it. However, after reading the reviews, I'm going to save my money too. Many thanks.

Posted on 3 Nov 2013 10:22:03 GMT
Spirited77 says:
i think that about martin full stop - only in it for the money, not very passionate about food anymore.

Posted on 3 Nov 2013 14:56:01 GMT
Big thanks for this review, was going to buy this for my mum who is a fan of slow cooking, will look for an alternative now. Thank you :)
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