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Miss Vickie's Big Book of Pressure Cooker Recipes [Paperback]

Vickie Smith
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Book Description

Jan. 29 2008

The Ultimate Pressure-Cooker Cookbook

Nobody knows more about pressure cookers than Vickie Smith, creator of the leading pressure-cooker Web site, MissVickie.com. Now, at last, Miss Vickie has gathered all of her pressure-cooker wisdom into a book. Whether you're a pressure-cooker newcomer or a longtime fan, you'll find all the recipes, techniques, and tips you need for a lifetime of great pressure-cooker meals.

Miss Vickie's Big Book of Pressure Cooker Recipes is jam-packed with nearly 400 fast, tasty, foolproof recipes, ranging from one-pot meals like Chicken and Rice with Mushrooms to Sweet and Sour Pork, Navy Bean Soup, and Chocolate Malt Cheesecake. Miss Vickie's detailed recipe instructions and special techniques, such as "pan in pot" pressure cooking, guarantee that each dish comes out perfectly cooked--and perfectly delicious.

But Miss Vickie gives you more than just great recipes. Her book also provides in-depth guidance on every aspect of choosing and using a pressure cooker, including

  • A buyers' guide to modern pressure cookers
  • Step-by-step pressure-cooker instructions
  • Pressure-cooker safety
  • Basic and advanced pressure-cooking techniques
  • Common mistakes in pressure cookery
  • Adapting recipes to the pressure cooker
  • Tips, tricks, and troubleshooting

Offering hundreds of recipes that are proven to work--and proven delicious--plus plain-English answers to all of your pressure-cooker questions, Miss Vickie has created the single most useful pressure-cooker book ever published. It's a resource you'll turn to again and again as you explore the world of pressure-cooker possibilities and pleasures.



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Smith, founder of MissVickie.com, a highly trafficked Web site devoted to all things steam-pressured, compiles her expertise in a single tome, covering the history of pressure cookery from its inception in the 17th century to its resurgence today. Smith extols pressure cooking's benefits, including fuel efficiency, faster cooking time, reduced fats, higher levels of nutrient retention and the ability to create lower-cost one-pot meals. Several pages are devoted to exact cooking times for specific vegetables, meats, fish, beans and even pasta shapes. Though there are a fair number of recipes featuring legumes, for example, this cookbook is mainly geared to a meat-eating audience. As might be expected, a good deal are stewlike creations, but Smith covers eclectic ground with dishes like Italian Seasoned Veal Tortellini Stew; Walnut Chicken Braised in Pomegranate Juice; and Mexican Posole (pork stew with green chile and hominy). Outside of the one-pot meals are ragus, pilafs and pulled meats for sandwich stuffing. Smith even rounds up some intriguing desserts like Sweet Dumpling Flan with Caramel Sauce and a basic bread pudding with six variations. Eminently thorough and enlightening, Smith's cookbook is bound to please the beginner pressure cooker and aficionado alike. (Mar.)
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Smith, founder of MissVickie.com, a highly trafficked Web site devoted to all things steam-pressured, compiles her expertise in a single tome, covering the history of pressure cookery from its inception in the 17th century to its resurgence today. Smith extols pressure cooking’s benefits, including fuel efficiency, faster cooking time, reduced fats, higher levels of nutrient retention and the ability to create lower-cost one-pot meals. Several pages are devoted to exact cooking times for specific vegetables, meats, fish, beans and even pasta shapes. Though there are a fair number of recipes featuring legumes, for example, this cookbook is mainly geared to a meat-eating audience. As might be expected, a good deal are stewlike creations, but Smith covers eclectic ground with dishes like Italian Seasoned Veal Tortellini Stew; Walnut Chicken Braised in Pomegranate Juice; and Mexican Posole (pork stew with green chile and hominy). Outside of the one-pot meals are ragus, pilafs and pulled meats for sandwich stuffing. Smith even rounds up some intriguing desserts like Sweet Dumpling Flan with Caramel Sauce and a basic bread pudding with six variations. Eminently thorough and enlightening, Smith’s cookbook is bound to please the beginner pressure cooker and aficionado alike. (Mar.) (Publishers Weekly, January 7, 2007)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Miss Vickie's Pressure Cooker Recipe Book. Sept. 3 2009
Format:Paperback
Its a great book for the beginner and, I suspect, an experienced cook. I'm getting close to retirement and I have a little boat with a propane stove. I thought that, "wouldn't it be great on those long transatlantic trips to have a pressure cooker so I could conserve fuel". I randomly chose Miss Vickie's book to start experimenting with the process. Two years later, I'm addicted to it. Previously, I had rarely cooked anything more than hot dogs and maybe an egg or two. I now dominate the kitchen and can't wait to come home and open her book to try another recipe. Its really easy to read. The chapter on what pressure cooking is all about is great. The recipes are clear, consistent and very simple. My wife, who is an excellent cook, has ceded to my new passion for cooking so Miss Vickie and I often cook supper together.

Now, as soon as I learn to sail my boat out of the harbour, Miss Vickie, my wife and I will be off to explore new lands.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Cookbook March 16 2012
By Irmy
Format:Paperback
Miss Vicky has put in a huge amount of work into this cookbook. It has a few very good chapters in the beginning on how to use a pressure cooker, what pressure cookers are out on the market, what to buy to make the pressure cooker even more useful , and a very interesting history on the pressure cooker.
She has so many recipes in this book. I have many little checkmarks on all the recipes I want to try, and it will take me a long time to make them all.
I love her style of writing. How varied her recipes are. And the food is very good.
If you are going to own one pressure cookbook, this should be the one .
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for pressure cooker. Dec 2 2010
By Bruno L
Format:Paperback
Very good. Recipes are not 'exotic', so you can find the ingredients at the local supermarket, and the kids will eat it. I have several books for the pressure cooker, this is my most used.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Vickie's Big Book of Pressure Cooker Recipes July 12 2009
Format:Paperback
This is the best and only book a person needs to enjoy pressure cooking to the fullest.
A brilliant and exciting compendium.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeding expectations Aug. 25 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The value of this book exceeded the expectations created by reviews submitted by past-owners. The book is excellent. The first-time pressure cooking cook is made to feel confident of results.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Pressure Cooker Cookbook May 18 2013
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It has great recipes, great tips, great ideas, it is just an awesome cookbook, highly recommend! It is the best available.
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