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Slow: Book review

Reviewed by's Darren Bevan

It's the time of the year.

There's a nip in the air and the hint of rain - it's finally the right season to bust out the winter comfort food.

And what can be more appropriate than a book of crock pot recipes?

Through a shade under 350 pages, Allyson Gofton is our guide to preparing some mouth watering recipes and offering up some ideas for entertaining during our hibernating months.

With over 180 recipes - from soups, desserts to main courses, this is an exhaustive collection of what's out there - and what can easily be cooked.

And there's some beautiful recipes in there - from tuscan tomato soup to bread and butter pudding, it's a gourmet's delight on offer. Nice and cleanly presented, Allyson's book with stunningly simple photography by Alan Gillard is a treat to the senses.

Divided up into tips, soups, meats and desserts as well as details on how to get the best meat cuts, this book is easy to negotiate and hard to shake the spell of.

A wonderful section on vegetarian crock pot and slow cooking recipes is welcome too - it's not often a cookbook lavishes a lot of time on providing alternatives but Slow offers up some welcome relief if you're a little tired of meat and fancy something lighter. With details of how long things should take, it should inspire even the most unadventurous of chefs to try something a little different.

The recipes are easy to follow too - and along with some ideas for variation and wine tips to maximize the culinary experience, Gofton's got all the bases covered.

As winter draws in, Gofton's book will provide plenty of ideas for the family over the coming months - all you really need is time and a bit of patience.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to dash as I want to get started on that gorgeous looking potato and roasted peanut hot pot...

Rating: 8/10

Slow - Mouth watering recipes for the slow cooker and crock pot by Allyson Gofton
RRP: $49.99