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Pressure Perfect: Two Hour Taste in Twenty Minutes Using Your Pressure Cooker [Hardcover]

Lorna J Sass
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Book Description

Jan. 8 2004

Under pressure to get a tasty, nutritious dinner on the table in a flash? Like the idea of preparing fork-tender beef stew in thirty minutes and pot roast in under an hour? All this and more is made possible by the pressure cooker, a magical appliance that produces soul-satisfying, homemade food in one-third (or less) the standard cooking time.

In Pressure Perfect, Lorna Sass, the country's leading authority on pressure cooking, distills her two decades of experience into one comprehensive volume. First learn everything you need to know about buying and using today's 100% safe cookers. Then enjoy more than 200 recipes for preparing soups, meats, poultry, grains, beans, vegetables, and desserts in record time. How about whipping up a savory risotto in 4 minutes, chicken cacciatore in 12 minutes, or a delectable chocolate cheesecake in 25 minutes?

Because the pressure cooker tenderizes tough cuts of meat quickly, you can prepare fall-off-the-bone beef short ribs or lamb shanks on weekday nights instead of waiting for a special occasion. The pressure cooker also allows you to make delectable one-pot meals in minutes. Among the many innovative recipes and techniques, you'll learn to cook meatloaf and potatoes simultaneously in 10 minutes, and meatballs, pasta, and sauce at the same time in only 5 minutes. Many recipes also suggest Cook-Along ideas for preparing vegetables and grains along with the entrée.

To further help those cooking under pressure (and who isn't nowadays?), each chapter contains timing charts for quick reference. Tips and Pressure Points in every recipe ensure optimum results.

This ultimate guide to pressure cooking is a must for all busy cooks, boaters, brides, college students, and anyone looking for a great way to make irresistible, healthy, home-made food fast.

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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Having purchased and thoroughly enjoyed Cooking Under Pressure and The Pressured Cook, it was a no-brainer to purchase Lorna Sass's latest offering for the pressure cooker. For persons new to pressure cooking and even for us 'old hands', this may be her best work yet.
The first twenty-two pages are a primer for pressure cooking. Ms. Sass demystifies this cooking genre and guides the reader through what she calls, 'The Language of Pressure Cooking'. She reassures the novice of the safety of today's pressure cookers and generally provides all the information that the reader will need to be successful.
What I really liked about this book (besides the recipes) are the 'extras': Variations, Transformations and Pressure Points. The variations suggest alternate ingredients, the transformations explain how to modify the recipe to create other dishes and the pressure points provide information, techniques and suggestions specific to different sized cookers. This is particularly useful as electric pressure cookers are now becoming popular and recipes don't always work the same as for stovetop models.
But, you buy a cookbook in order to make great food! Pressure Perfect won't disappoint. I admit to being a poultry lover and the pressure cooker can turn out mixed results. The Chicken Cacciatore recipe was my first choice and it was a keeper! Subsequent recipes, all highly recommended were Spanish Rice with Chicken and Sausage, Beef, Mushroom and Barley Soup and Chicken Noodle 'Casserole' with Mushroom Sauce. I'm still experimenting and at least for now, every recipe has been outstanding.
If your pressure cooker has been in storage, drag it out and dust it off. Buy this book, read through the first two chapters and get ready for a wonderful culinary experience. You will be very pleased with your results...I know that I am!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy recipes--love the vegetarian variations! Jan. 22 2004
By A Customer
I'm a big Lorna Sass fan, and I fell in love with pressure cookers when I bought my very first cookbook of hers (Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure). I couldn't believe then how easy it was to use a pressure cooker, and I was bowled over by the results. This cookbook is no exception. We don't eat a lot of meat, so I really like all the variations that this cookbook offers. Each recipe includes any number of variations, and many of the meat recipes have vegetarian versions. It's wonderful to be able to do different things with a single recipe, depending on your mood and what ingredients you have on hand. And the desserts? I was pretty sceptical when I thought about doing a cheesecake in a pressure cooker, but I was blown away by the results. By far the best cheesecake I've ever made. Yum! I'd highly recommend this cookbook, along with any of Lorna Sass' other cookbooks.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to buy my own copy May 3 2004
After using this book for a month on loan from the library and having post-its on so many pages, it's time to buy my own copy to make my notes (things like, "Delicious"). Sass creates the most flavorful recipes I've found and cooking is very easy. This is solid and delicious food, with the added bonus of being fresh and quick to cook.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A versatile guide by a real expert Jan. 15 2004
By A Customer
This cookbook is a pleasure to use. The author has all sorts of creative uses for how to use the pressure cooker, like spaghetti and meatballs (everything cooks together in the pressure cooker), and even desserts. Most of them are so fast, you'll hardly have time to make the salad before the main course is finished. The book is also filled with timing charts for things like beans, grains and vegetables in the cooker,to give you general guidance in using your pressure cooker. The recipe instructions are very clear, and the author's voice is good- natured and humorous. I'm impressed with Sass's broad knowledge of cooking ingredients. The recipes I've tried in the book are all reliable-- the results are quite good. This cookbook has really sold me on the utility and versatility of the pressure cooker.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource for pressure cookers! Jan. 14 2010
We recently purchased an electric pressure cooker, but didn't have many recipes. After experimenting with the few we had, we decided to purchase this book. So far we have made 5 or so different dishes, all of which have been tasty and easy to make. We enjoy the options provided with each recipe for customization. If you are thinking of trying pressure cooking, this book will help make it easier for you. My only disappointment is the lack of nutritional information for the recipes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lorna Sass' Dirty Pressure Cooker Book March 1 2004
By A Customer
Lorna Sass' passion for cooking is in every recipe description and comes through in the resulting food. I was blown away by the Curry in a Hurry and her method of cooking rice in a serving casserole on top of the curry (or other recipe). What a time saver and its much easier on the clean up too. I took this combo to a pot luck and just had to tell everyone how to do it. Also delicious and quick was the Beef Stew to which I added a bottle of Guinness!
Lorna gives so many wonderful variations which entice you to personalize the recipes. It's also a great introduction to using a pressure cooker with so much information on how they work.
This book is versatile, organized and imaginative and its going to get very dirty!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy & Healthy Recipes but Mediocre Taste March 3 2009
This cookbook is a good asset for those new to pressure cooking. Sass provides the reader with information on how pressure cookers work, how to buy a pressure cooker, and how to use and maintain a pressure cooker. She also provides helpful tables on the cook times for meat and beans. The recipes in this book are fairly healthy and easy to follow, however, I found the taste to be mediocre. Of the recipes that I've tried from this cookbook, there is not one that I would make again.
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