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The title tells it. A good starting place for easy and nourishing meals that can be made in record time. (Susan Banks Pittsburgh Post Gazette 20100401)

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Rose (April 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778802094
  • ASIN: B0057DCKNK
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,777,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Tilda on August 22, 2011
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This is my favorite of all the pressure cooker books I own, especially for exotic dishes. Cinda Chavich's recipes are clear, mise-en-place orderly and precise. Ingredient measurements are also offered in metric units. Steps are laid out in an easy-to-follow way that will delight beginners and experienced cooks. Most recipes fit on one page max and most involve only 3 to 5 cooking steps.

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.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By MaryAnn on September 10, 2010
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I recently purchased my first pressure cooker and was looking for a good cookbook to go along with it. I purchased this book and The Everything Pressure Cooker book.
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.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Garden Gal on February 18, 2011
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This is probably the best pressure cooker recipe book I've found for my needs. I'm a vegetarian, and I prefer foods that have lots of flavor. This book offers 34 pages of 'Vegetarian Dishes' in addition to others in the 'Appetizers,' 'Soups', and 'Beans and Grains' sections. The recipes include Mediterranean, Caribbean, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, TexMex and Indian flavors and are anything but bland. I bought a book of pressure cooker recipes for vegetarians, but the recipes were for the most part quite dull.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ABB SD on August 14, 2013
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If you want to use your pressure cooker to cook Texas chili and pot roast, buy something else. If you are an adventurous cook who enjoys a wide variety of cuisines you will be blown away by the variety and quality of these recipes from every corner (and I mean every corner!) of the globe. Of the 225 recipes, there were only a handful that didn't titillate the taste buds. The recipes are straightforward with nice color pics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on December 18, 2013
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This book is amazing. The recipes are original, flavorful, simple, and not what you expect from a pressure cooker. I'd long ago stopped using mine because it killed all the flavor from the food.
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By i22027 Kernersville NC on April 6, 2013
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This book provides a variety of dishes including vegetarian. Make a few dishes and you cover your cost. The best on pressure cooking that I have seen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jan on January 30, 2013
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Out of the stack of pressure cookbooks I have purchased from Amazon this is one I could not part with. The reicpes are easy to follow and call for ingredients that I have or can get at any grocery store. It is a pleasure to view beautiful color pictures of the prepared food and browze the variety of recipies in this book. So far I have earmarked over 30 recipies that I have to try, I love it!
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