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Step-by-step Slow Cooker Recipes: 60 Mouthwatering Meals with Minimum Effort But Maximum Flavour Paperback – 1 Mar 2009
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About the Author
Catherine Atkinson has worked in various hotels and restaurants, including the Roux Brother's famous patisseries. Her catering experience led to work in publishing - creating recipes and styling food for photography - and she became Deputy Cookery Editor on Woman's Weekly and later Me magazine. Catherine currently works as a full-time writer and food consultant, contributing to various food and lifestyle magazines, and producing many outstanding cookbooks, including the Coffee Cookbook and Perfect Pastry, both published by Southwater.
Top customer reviews
The recipes are varied (from Irish boiled dinner to Chicken Korma) but I think do require some knowledge of your own cooking tastes. An Irish boiled dinner is quite bland in terms of spice, but the Indian recipes are spot on (except they could have more heat - but that's just me). The tips for making braised and boiled meats, preparing cuts and meats for the cooker, cooking times etc are precise and clear. I have tried already 5-6 recipes and they have turned out delicious. The helpful initial chapters which explain slow cooking, slow cookers, cleaning etc are a must. I've yet to try the section on puddings and cakes and I am very excited about making terrines and patès with my cooker. Well worth the very low used price at least !!!
But...I'm slowly starting to realize, that if you want to cook anything other than stews or chillies in the slow cooker, it takes a bit more work in order to make it taste right. I'll keep this book for days, when I'm at home and want to prepare something nice. For my work-days I'll stick to other books. The recipes are interesting and the pictures are really appetizing. I could debate about the "step by step" thing; it means you get an extra one or two photos of the food in preparation, but that's about it. The book also includes basic slow cooker information.
So, if you are looking for recipes, that are simple, "throw it in, plug it in and forget about it", this is not the book for you. But, if you are looking for a bit different slow cooker book, it's worth a try!
edited to add:
after a closer look I'm really curious, what recipes allowed one of the reviewer's son&daughter in law, to have their meals cooked while at work-there are no such recipes. Cooking times are very short and practically ALL of the recipes require adding ingredients at various stages of cooking and extensive preparation before you can put food in the slow cooker. It's not a recipe book you can use to prepare food in the slow cooker while you are away from home.
The first 65 pages contain some very useful information on ingredients and techniques, then the recipe pages that follow (almost 200 of them!) are illustrated with wonderful photographs that illustrate methods as well as the final result.
As well as the usual soups and casseroles there are recipes for patés and terrines, using the cooker as a bain-marie, preserves such as mango chutney and lemon curd and some wonderful cake recipes - the moist, golden ginger cake is particularly good.
There are also some wonderfully exotic dishes - my favourites being Morrocan lamb with honey and prunes and northern Thai fish curry.
This is one book that I use over and over again - it's wonderful to come home on a cold day to be greeted by the smell of something warming and wonderful ready for supper :)
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apart from all the recipes, lots of tips and basic information. I would recommend it.
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