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Posted March 29, 2011
Author of cookbooks like Live More Spend Less, Eat Well Spend Less, and The Everyday Halogen Oven Cookbook, nutritionist Sarah Flower's Slow Cook Fast Food is the perfect combination of healthy eating and convenient cooking strategies-through the use of a slow cooker. There is no trick to successful slow cooked food: "fill your slow cooker with your chosen ingredients and walk away for the day." Not only does this process save time, but it also saves money, which is a win-win situation for families everywhere who wish to eat delicious, healthy, and effortless meals Though Sarah Flower admits she has reached a point where she no longer needs to use measuring utensils, she recommends, even commands individuals to not follow her lead until the confidence level is there. The required apparatus includes a slow cooker, casserole dish, ovenproof dish, wok, sauté pan, serving dish, roasting tin, measuring spoons, measuring cups, measuring jug, scales, and a weights conversion chart from metric units to imperial units (conveniently located at the beginning of the book). Prior to using your slow cooker, here are important tips to enhance your experience: 1) Some cookers need to be preheated (for up to fifteen minutes). 2) One hour in a conventional oven is equivalent to 2-3 hours on high in a slow cooker, or 6 hours on low heat. 3) Refrain from removing the lid once it's cooking, because it alters the temperature. 4) Defrost frozen ingredients, especially meats, thoroughly before placing them in the slow cooker The cookbook contains over 250 family recipes, including Chicken, Cumin and Harissa Soup, Beef and Barley Soup, Chicken and Tomato Soup, and many more. You can even bake cakes in the slow cooker. Cake recipes include Apple and Walnut Loaf (p. 201), Rhubarb and Orange Layer Cake (p. 202), and Carrot Cake (p. 204). For many of her recipes, Sarah Flower provides step-by-step guidelines for both conventional ovens and slow cookers-and in some cases, steamers. Slow Cook Fast Food is thorough and clear, putting difficult cooking concepts and equipment in layman terms so everyone can understand and enjoy the process.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.