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102 of 103 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2008
This was an extremely helpful book for a single person who likes to cook, and who just bought a small (1.5 quart) slow cooker. Some of the recipes I haven't tried yet, but I'm looking forward to the cheese fondue! The beef burgandy came out great, as did the lentil and butternut squash stew. The recipes use mostly fresh stuff, and don't rely on weird canned products (no adding a can of cream of something soup). It is a British book, so some of the expectations of which ingredients are common aren't quite accurate for the US (they give special instructions on where to find sweet potatos, but have about six recipes for lamb dishes, for example). There is a good selection of meat and vegetarian recipes.
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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2009
It may be a British cookery book, but it has much yummyness in it. It DOES have American ad well as UK measurements in it. The recipe sizes are for 1 and 2 servings, decent amounts for any solo cook. the extra information in it is quite valuable. I would recommend it to anyone who is NOT a beginner.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2008
I have enjoyed many of the recipes in this book. It has more lamb recipes than you'd usually find, which is wonderful for people who love lamb stews, etc.

I do find myself altering each recipe to my own individual tastes and ideas, so, after using the first couple of recipes, I'm not so sure I NEED the book any more --- slow cooking is a rather broad skill, and precise measurements are usually not needed.

So if you are a decent cook, this book may not be for you. If you are a beginner cook or have never worked with a slow cooker before, an investment in this book might be worth it.

Experienced slow cooker cooks could browse this book on the shelf, get the general idea, and not spend the money.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2010
I selected this book because a friend in England had been using it. Although it's a UK item, it is readily avaiable on Amazon. Do note the prices, however -- they vary greatly, in part because shipping costs also vary, depending on whether you are ordering from a stateside merchant or one actually in England. Besides recipes, the book discusses features of mini slow cookers, information that I found very helpful. This book is specifically for 1 1/2 or 2-qt cookers, which for me was an asset -- there is another -- Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes for Two -- that is designed for slow cookers up to 3 1/2 quarts. One item to be aware of -- it's good to be comfortable with both metric and U.S. measuring systems. Both are given, but some are not accurate -- for example, the recipe for Irish stew starts off with 450gm (2lb) lamb shoulder; later, it lists 450gm (1 lb) potatoes, sliced thin. 450 gm is about 1 lb; you'd never get the 2 lb of meat in! I actually found that 1 lb for each of those was a bit much; my package of lamb chops was about 0.8 lb, and even after cutting into cubes just fit into the cooker, on top of about 3/4 lb potatoes.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2011
I was hoping that this book would contain recipes that I could leave to slow-cook all day, and be ready to go when I return from work. Unfortunately the bulk of the recipes take between 1.5 and 3.5 hours to cook, so I'm not sure most would be possible to make on a weekday if you work. Disappointing.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2012
Like a lot of people in the summer I don't have the time or energy to cook a decent meal on days that I'm canning or working in the garden in the summer heat. I tend to rely on the slow cooker for times like this. The recipes in this book, however, all tend to run towards precooking of some sort, thereby requiring more dirty dishes and prep time. In the winter, I'm likely to brown and saute' and do all that stuff and then braise everything (in the same pan) in a low heat oven. However, I wanted something more effortless for the slow cooker. The recipes are probably tasty and I will probably use them this winter (in my oven) but why bother with a slow cooker if you are precooking everything in another pan or two.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2011
Most of these recipes require ingredients you wouldn't normally have in house. I'm not talking about the "main" ingredients but the spices, etc. They also are the type that won't keep. Not for "everyday" type of meals which is what I was looking for.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This little book is perfect for one person, perhaps two. If you are living alone, it is a must to use with your Rival Slow Cooker. Make extra to give you leftovers you can freeze and microwave. Great Little Book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2012
My Mom is 83 years old. She recently moved into her own apartment after living with my Dad in assisted living. Her biggest complaint is that she doesn't feel she remembers how to cook, but now she is responsible for her meals. She was excited to get one of those small slow cookers and this seemed like a handy companion. The great thing is, it's so hard to burn food in a slow cooker and the recipes are tailored for 1-2 servings.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2014
I expected more. I love to use the slow cooker and didn't find that this book offered anything special. Given the opportunity again, I would not have purchased it.
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