Cookery Books from The Works

May 5, 2015
It’s no secret that I love home cooking. I’m not a fan of ready meals, but sometimes I’m just too busy to cook a meal from fresh so a ready meal has its uses.
When The Works asked me to review some cookbooks, I chose the following ones:


I love my slow cooker and tend to mainly use it in the winter months, but I’d like to use it more all year round. It’s great to be able to go out knowing that when you come home you have a warm meal ready for the whole family.
One of the recipes I was keen to try was ‘Slow Cooked Whole Chicken and Vegetables’ from The Healthy Slow Cooker book.
It sounded simple to prepare so I gave it a go one Sunday. I didn’t even know that I could Sautee a whole chicken before coming this recipe so that was good to know!
Ingredients and Method
This meal so easy to prepare and only took around 10 minutes.
I was pretty hungry when I returned home so just ate the meal as it was in the slow cooker, but next time I’d definitely add some roast potatoes and green vegetables. I don’t think I’d use a whole chicken again though as it was quite awkward to get out the slow cooker because the meat was tender it just feel off the bone! Next time I think I’d just buy some chicken thighs.
The Healthy Slow Cooker book has a good range of recipes. Nutritionist Sarah Flower, takes her favourite, tastiest, slow cooker recipes and gives them a healthy twist.
Go On It’s Healthy
I decided to try my hand at Turkey Goujons with kale and apple slaw from this book. The picture more than anything made me want to try this meal as it looks delicious!
I made the kale and apple slaw the night before and it only took about 10 minutes which is great.
This meal was easy to cook and tasted really nice. It was surprisingly filling too!
I like the way that this book is divided into sections such as breakfast, snacks and dinner. It makes finding a recipe easy and the choice is very varied.
This book has over 80 nutritionally dense and vibrant recipes. This book delivers all the kitchen know-how you need to create an enviable wealth of wholesome meals – with healthy versions of traditional classics as well as exciting new dishes to add diversity to your diet.

Recipes include: Indian spiced slaw, Nectarine crunch, Chocolate souffles and more.

Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect
I’m a big Mary Berry fan so it made sense that I chose a Mary Book! I have one of her books already and have cooked many of her recipes. They all turn out perfectly!
In this book there are over 100 exciting new recipes.
The thing that I like most about this book are the Keys to Perfection. For each recipe Mary identifies the crucial part to get right to guarantee best results, and then demonstrates it with step-by-step instructions. She reveals the secret to crisp pork crackling or melt-in-the-mouth salmon, how to bake a feather-light cake, or the key to a super-crunchy crumble topping.
This book is perfect for both beginners and experts.
Overall, I’m very pleased with these books!
For the purpose of this review I was sent the above books. All opinions are 100% my own.


  • Catherine @ Story Snug

    May 5, 2015 at 8:21 am

    I had no idea that you could sauté a whole chicken! Both these recipes look delicious, I would love a slow cooker 🙂


  • Bethan Sian

    May 5, 2015 at 10:59 am

    I love cookbooks – although I hardly ever use them. I love using the slow cooker especially if you know you have a busy day/week ahead!


    Beth |

  • Mrs Tubbs

    May 5, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Yum! I love my slow cooker too, it's great to bung it all in, switch it and come home to a beautiful dinner. #triedandtested

  • Kim Carberry

    May 5, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    They look like great cookbooks…..I love using the slow cooker x

  • Sharon Powell

    May 5, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I love The Works for books (especially cook books) I'm always buying some. You have made some lovely dinners with them x #TriedTested

  • Sunshine Dad

    May 10, 2015 at 3:59 am

    I'm all about the slow cooker when I plan ahead! My problem is I'm never planning ahead enough.

  • Zena’s Suitcase

    May 14, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    I love cookbooks. I think being able to flick through and really think about the meal you're going to prepare is a great experience. I like the sound of the chicked recipe but I can see what your saying about getting it out. Thanks for linking up with #myfavouritepost

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