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Miss Vickie's Big Book of Pressure Cooker Recipes Paperback – Jan 29 2008


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (Jan. 11 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764597264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764597268
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 3.3 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Houlston on Sept. 3 2009
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Irmy on March 16 2012
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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 By Bruno L on Dec 2 2010
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter K. on Aug. 25 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victoria R. on April 23 2015
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As I am relatively new to pressure cooking, BUT an OLD COOK. I just bought (Instant pot) which I luv ;), I bought three books. Miss Vickie's I am totally delighted with, wonderful recipes, geared to very much how I cook, using familiar ingredients. Just made the Three Meat Bolognese Sauce, wonderful!!! Miss Vickie's will be my "go to book", and will save me time surfing the net looking for recipes. Thanks Vickie Smith
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Clay on Jan. 13 2013
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Recipes are easily put together and assembled with most available in home or easily available.
Some very easy and can be done quickly.
Well explained and easy to follow. A wealth of knowledge at your finger tips!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By F. W. Thornton on July 12 2009
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Bird on Nov. 17 2011
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This book contains helpful time charts and instructions, as well as interesting recipes. It has helped me get almost daily use out of my pressure cooker.
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