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200 Best Pressure Cooker Recipes Paperback – April 10, 2009
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About the Author
Cinda Chavich is an author, former food editor and senior feature writer. She specializes in cuisine, cultural history, lifestyle and trends, and she is a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines.
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The title says it all as these really are some of the best recipes you'll find for the pressure cooker. While many tasty basic dishes are here, this is not a recipe book for the timid diner or a poorly stocked kitchen. Chavich works miracles with exotic spices and ingredients that even a novice pressure cook can easily learn to master - cardamom, garam masala, chili and curry pastes, coconut milk and more. The recipes take inspiration from North African, Mediterranean, pan-Asian, Latin American and other world cuisines with incredibly delicious results. Best of all, every recipe I've tried has been easy to prepare and fuss-free. Ms. Chavich put her skills as a journalist and food editor to good use, giving us a recipe book that's written with uncommon clarity.
The book includes many basic recipes for perfect pot roast, hummus, Sloppy Joe's, roast chicken, stews and fantastic vegetarian dishes that are healthful, easy and full of flavor. A section on beans and grains offers 29 can't-wait-to-try recipes that range from basic risotto to paella and wheat berries carbonara.
Not only can this woman cook, she can teach too as every section and recipe is accompanied by tips or serving/shopping suggestions. No garbage ingredients here, either - everything screams fresh and fantastic, including desserts from orange espresso cheesecake to lemony lavender creams.Read more ›
The recipes I have tried so far have been good and the layout and basic information in the book are very good. The recipes are easy to read and follow and there are a good set of general cooking tables in the beginning of the book.
The only thing I did not like about it, and it is mostly personal tastes, is that there are a lot of ethnic recipes, most of which I would not cook. I also found some of the recipes a bit fussy or with ingredients that I would not ordinarily have on hand. If you like a more diverse range of foods or have time for fancier fare than this book would be good fit. Overall I'm happy with the purchase and find it a good book for pressure cooker recipes.
If you're a meat & fish lover, there are 48 main dish 'Meat' pages, 26 'Poultry' pages and 18 'Fish' pages. I imagine these recipes are as creative and tasty as the vegetarian ones. There are also recipes for puddings, jams, cakes and sauces. I haven't tried the desserts, since I've had to give up sweets.
Using these recipes, flavor is preserved. There are individualized techniques for each recipe. If you read a recipe, you can get an idea of techniques which you can then generalize to recipes of your own. I've done this with outstanding results.
It is a huge time-saver. We have had nice home-cooked meals because of it, when time was short and we were running late. It cooks potatoes beautifully, never mushing them. It is a godsend for a family in a rush around dinner.
One review here is really a hoot! Apparently the recipes, such as curries and other scary ethnic foods spooked the reader. It's the opposite at my house. I would never have dared to try a curry in a pressure cooker, but now can do so, and also can do other Indian recipes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I freaking love this book. I am serious when I tell you that there are so many unique, wonderful, worldly recipes. I have tried many and we have been so pleased. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Yohn
What can you say about a recipe book? First uses of pressure cooker went well and the recipes are good.Published 10 months ago by Dennis W. Wendt
Has few pictures and that's it. The recipes ask for a lot of ingredients...I thought is little easy to use and expected to see pictures. I won't recommend... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Liliana
Great cookbook - but I had reviewed it from the library first. This was an easy transaction.Published 13 months ago by Debbie Pennock
It is a Christmas present so I don't know yet what my daughter thinks.Published 14 months ago by Jane65
I've only made a couple of recipes so far, but they both turned out delicious: the Speedy Dijon Chicken (I substituted NF plain Greek yogurt for the sour cream) and the curried... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Carla Semola