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Jun 29, 2011 04:27 AM

SEB Pressure Cookers

I have an old SEB pressure cooker I bought back in 1971 that is really great. It is, however, showing its age. Does anyone know if SEB still exists in Paris and do they sell pressure cookers anywhere in the USA? If not, will they ship overseas?

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  1. Suggst you try to contact SEB tgrough their website at , They are now associated with Tefal also.
    The word in French for a pressure cooker is "cocotte minute", in case you need it.
    Good luck!

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    1. re: monchique

      It is actually "autocuiseur". "Cocotte-Minute" was an old brand name that has stayed in everyday language for some time long after the item disappeared, but it is not the proper term and should not be used when trying to buy a pressure cooker. Even back in the 60s it was not recommended and never appeared in Seb's ads and literature since it was related to another brand. It is a bit like Frigidaire being used as a generic term in France since the 50s, but only in casual conversation and avoided in written language.

    2. Thanks for the information about the web site. I'll give it a try.

      1. I went through a similar search a year ago for a SEB. I could not find a source for one in the US. I did find some online sources in the UK but the shipping to the US was expensive due to weight. I ended up buying one in Paris and hauling it home. I found mine in one of the department stores.

        1. If you're willing to pay for overseas shipping, try I bought a traditional clamp-style SEB pressure cooker on (US) ebay a few months ago, and while searching online for an instruction manual, came across listings for several different SEB models, including the clamp ones. And of course, you can also try eBay.

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          1. re: Miss Priss

            Thanks for the ionformation. I'll give both sites a try. Incidentally, I still have the original book that came with my SEB, complete with recipes. If you would like a copy, let me know.

            1. re: tsflrah

              Thanks for your generous offer, but I did eventually find the SEB book on Alibris. Good luck with your own quest!