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125 Best Pressure Cooker Recipes [Paperback]

Cinda Chavich

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Oct. 2 2004

One million pressure cookers are sold annually in North America.

In only thirty minutes a pressure cooker can prepare a tasty meal for the whole family.

Advances in pressure cooker design have made these small appliances safer and more convenient than ever before. Meals cook 75 percent faster, and they are significantly healthier, since the food retains more of its nutrient value while requiring less fat.

125 Best Pressure Cooker Recipes has recipes specially designed to take advantage of what pressure cookers do best. Pressure cookers are amazingly versatile:

  • Starters such as Braised Artichokes with Red Pepper Aioli and Winter Mushroom and Barley Soup
  • Delicious main course offerings include Chicken Stew with New Potatoes and Baby Carrots and Beef Shortribs in Barbecue Sauce
  • Cajun Seafood Gumbo is outstanding when prepared in a pressure cooker as are side dishes like Maple Pork and Beans with Apples and Roasted Garlic Risotto with Asiago
  • Orange Espresso Cheesecake and Cool Lemon Custards with Fresh Berry Compote are winners.

There is comprehensive information on all aspects of pressure cooking, including guidelines for adapting your own recipes, compensating for the effects of altitude on pressure cooking, as well as a comparison of the various styles and models of cookers on the market.

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Given today's requirements for energy conservation, the pressure cooker is poised for a comeback. It cooks foods quickly, consuming less gas or electricity than other methods. Chavich has selected a list of The Best Pressure Cooker Recipes and gathered them in a single volume. Those who've never used a pressure cooker will delight in standard dishes such as Swedish meatballs and mushroom and barley soup. More adventuresome cooks may branch out into Jamaican chicken fricassee or Indian lamb rogan josh. Fish dishes and even risotto find a place in Chavich's recommendations for pressure cookery. Some may draw the line at preparing cheesecake in a pressure cooker, but it's good to know that Chavich says it can be done. Recipes conveniently list both American and metric measures. Mark Knoblauch
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


Stellar recipes that include Cajun Black Bean and Sausage Gumbo, Chunky Tex-Mex Chili over Crispy Rice Cake, Banana Bread Pudding and more. Chavic shares helpful tips and kitchen wisdom for each recipe. There is also a comprehensive introduction to pressure-cooking, with guidelines for adapting your own recipes and compensating for the effects of altitude. (Gay Francisco Paris Post-Intelligencer 2011-03-23)

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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book Sept. 29 2002
By Ainsley Dalton-Cross - Published on Amazon.com
When I bought a pressure cooker, I wasn't sure which book to buy out of the myriad books in the store. The reason I bought this was because it was the cheapest! It just goes to show you that something cheap can be a rare and wonderful find. The recipes are just delicious and very easy to make, even for a novice cook. I've had great fun experimenting on my husband and son and nothing beats a hearty stew in the middle of a Calgary winter. What used to take me all day in a slow cooker, now takes just 30 minutes, even with the cheapest, toughest cuts of meat. Buying this book has certainly made my meat purchasing easier, because I'm saving money buying cheaper cuts but not sacrificing quality in the end result.
The desserts in here are delicious and melt in your mouth. Don't listen to people who baulk at making cheesecake in a pressure cooker. Cinda's Layered White and Dark Chocolate Cheesecake is heaven on a fork. It took me 10 minutes to prepare and and exactly 20 minutes to cook, just like the recipe says. I had compliments galore from my husband and he doesn't usually like sweet desserts! I will never go back to eating store bought cheesecake again.
Some of the recipes I would never make - like the fish recipes. Fish doesn't take that long to cook and you're not saving yourself much time that way, but the ribs and campfire beans recipes are fantastic and if you like risotto, this book is for you. Vegetarians don't miss out either. Beans and lentils are provided for and the results are outstanding. Cinda gives you lots of information about the history of the pressure cooker and safety and cleaning tips. She also gives a breakdown of cooking times for various foods in the front of the book. I use this index a lot when I'm making things like beans and lentils.
I usually follow the recipes fairly closely, but I cut corners where I can. Instead of using chicken breasts which can be expensive, sometimes I just substitute a whole chicken and the end result in the same. And the great thing about a pressure cooker is, I don't even defrost my whole chicken. I just prepare the recipe as stated and cook the chicken for 30 minutes. And you would never know it had previously been frozen solid. It's soft and moist and just delicious. Try the Coq Au Vin. C'est magnifique!
I just love this book, so much so that my copy is well worn and slightly ragged and I've only had it less than a year. This book is clearly written and well laid out and has a wealth of information. But I took one star off, because there are only a few high gloss colour photographs of the finished recipes. More photos would have been nice but that's the only bad thing I can say about it. It's the best [money] I ever spent!
46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Cookbook April 13 2003
By Stella Nemeth - Published on Amazon.com
I wrote this review when I had just finished eating my second recipe from this book. The food was excellent, and the recipes were very easy to follow.
We have now tried 4 of the recipes and I like the book even better than I did two weeks ago.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep it Simple Oct. 11 2010
By J. Seymour - Published on Amazon.com
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Enjoy this book for the simple reason its not complicated. Spicey, American, Ethnic and yummy food made simple. You will enjoy this to go along with your preasure cooker.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really, the Best Pressure Cookbook! Nov. 29 2010
By Ken and Lisa - Published on Amazon.com
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I love my pressure cooker and I really like to cook. Since I am particular about my cookbooks, I was pleased with the selection of recipes, the layout and easy reading of the recipes. I have recommended this book to several other friends and would recommend it to anyone, no matter of their cooking experience. If you have one pressure cooker book, this would be the one you want.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift April 26 2013
By Huggie B - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this as a gift and my friend just loves it. I love it too, because I get invited over for dinner quite often to enjoy it first hand!

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