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Another brilliant addition to this varied series
on 1 May 2012
Several years ago we bought a slow cooker that was supposedly suitable for four persons. Used just once, I drew that the conclusion that the 'four' may have been children as it produced barely sufficient for 2 adults. It was for that reason that it was not again used. Its instruction book/recipe guide had been long lost and that is another reason for it remaining unused.
Last year, as a reward for my involvement in a cookery web-site, I was rewarded with a small multi-function device with one of its functions being that of a slow cooker. Although it came with a small recipe book, I had never finished unpacking it, only checking some of the provided recipes. However, a choice of 5 or 6 recipes available in the one remaining guide is not sufficient and some are not to our tastes, which reduces the numbers still further. I have since acquired a larger model but that, too, only offers another half-dozen recipes, mentions additional capabilities but offers neither specific advice or a recipe for guidance. I needed something to fill that gap.
Owning several other titles from this series, I had considered adding this and possibly the companion '200 More Slow Cooker Recipes' volume too and subsequently ordered both. With a total of 400-plus recipes between them, there should be something that will suit. Many of the recipes in both volumes are either Asian or Oriental-inspired, which will please some and others are more traditional in style. The contents are broadly similar in mix and nature to the follow-up volume which was received a day or two prior to this and comprise breakfasts and snacks, meat dishes, fish dishes, vegetables, and finally sweet recipes including drinks, desserts and preserves. There is, as always a good Introduction with some relevant advice and guidance, and which is always worth reading, and an excellent Index.
A common feature throughout the series is for each book to contain around 110 main recipes with most having a variation that involves replacing some major ingredients with others. It may involve replacing beef with lamb and a change of herbs, or something similar. Every main recipe has its own illustration and the layout is relatively straightforward and easy to read. Obviously, there is a need for some preparation be it peeling and slicing or dicing vegetables, dicing or proportioning the meat or fish and so on.
The nature of the title means that the instructions will be generic and not relative to any one brand or model. It may be that the quantities may not suit one model in that it is below the minimum quantity or may conversely exceed its maximum. You may be able to modify the recipe to suit or choose another.
At the price, all of the series offers excellent individual value and that is true of this. Any would make an excellent addition to anyone's cookery collection. Together, although you may not need all the available titles, several will offer a very comprehensive collection of recipes and for about the same as a single book by a celebrity chef.