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Pressure Perfect: Two Hour Taste in Twenty Minutes Using Your Pressure Cooker Hardcover – January 6, 2004
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Predating the Crock-Pot was its opposite in cooking speed, the pressure cooker. Contemporary pressure cookers take much of the guesswork and anxiety out of their operation and make them a boon for the cook who needs to get something on the table fast and with minimum fuss. Pressure Perfect not only gives dozens of recipes for the pressure cooker, but Sass also shows how to modify each recipe to create an ever-varying series of dishes. Her beef in beer and mustard gravy not only gives the cook a choice among brisket, chuck, oxtails, or short ribs but also offers alteration in sauce structure to create either horseradish cream or chili versions. Tables throughout the book explain how to adjust standard recipes to take advantage of a pressure cooker. Mark Knoblauch
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[Lorna Sass’s] recipes are seductive, ranging from the homey and familiar to the slightly more modern. (Publishers Weekly)
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The book arrived, and I quickly scanned it and found a recipe to try. Turned out amazing! I've had the book less than 2 weeks and have found I've used my cooker almost every day since receiving the book. I'm even tempted to break out my old stove-top cooker, check the seal and get that baby rocking, too!
All the information in this book is solid and works just fine with the electric version. There are useful cooking charts in multiple places. Most of your basic foods are included. I added simple tabs to my book. Would've been nice for the publisher to have addressed navigation a bit more.
I love Lorna's encouragement to actually "write" in your cookbook. Don't know why I've never done that, and I am not a young cook.
A lot of people like photos in their cookbooks. You'll not get that, but photos are not necessary. An ingredient list is more indicative to me of what a dish will taste like than a photo.
My family is definitely eating better these last couple weeks. Thanks Lorna!
As in every pressure cooker book I've seen it starts with the basics and the speech of "you won't blow up your house with a modern pressure cooker." However, Sass goes beyond this and talks about how the pressure cooker works, and what you should look for in the purchase of a pressure cooker, as well what you should know about your pressure cooker.
The recipes in this book are all solid, and I find myself making them again and again. The arrangement of the recipes in the book makes sense, and makes it easy to find something you'd like to cook. It also has a complete index, which I've seen lacking in some other pressure cooker books. There are no pictures in this cookbook, if that's a deal breaker for you (which it shouldn't be!) keep looking.
So why buy this book? Well here are the things that Sass does that elevate this book to 5 stars:
Most of the recipes have a variations and transformations section at the end. In this section Sass shows how to transform this dish into another dish with minor tweaks. In that you'll find the technique you used to make beef tacos is the same that you'd use to cook moo shu chicken. Sass even includes other things you can cook along with the dish you're preparing, so you can truly have a one-pot meal that isn't actually meant to be combined on the plate (every one-pot dish doesn't have to be a stew or soup).
Sass also includes a very good, but not the best I've seen, timing chart for meats, veggies, and grains. She does have a VERY detailed chart with discussion on most cuts of meat that you'd be using the the cooker, and the importance of correct timing on most meats. The only negative is that she does not discuss which cuts don't do well in the pressure cooker and would be better served with another technique (cuts from the chuck and round won't be as tender as cuts from the brisket or plate).
To sum it up, if you own a pressure cooker, you should own this book!
PS next time someone you know gets sick cook them the curried coconut, chicken, and sweet potato soup on page 35 and you'll have a friend for life.