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Pressure Cooker Cookbooks anyone???

debbypo Oct 9, 2011 10:32 PM

I've just ordered a pressure cooker and am thinking I should get a pressure cooker cookbook ( I do love cookbooks but am a bit picky). I looked at one (can't remember the name) a few weeks ago and it was mostly meaty and salty recipes using a lot of processed food ingredients. I'm not a vegetarian or a health fanatic but want to do healthy type cooking, especially with soups, beans and whole grains. Any suggestions will be much appreciated.

  1. AmyH Oct 10, 2011 06:32 AM

    Any cookbook by Lorna Sass is highly recommended. My favorite is Pressure Perfect
    and I also really like Cooking Under Pressure
    I prefer Pressure Perfect because all the recipes have variations so you can change up depending on what meat you prefer (or no meat at all) or what ethnic flavor you're in the mood for. Each chapter has basic information for types of meats, grains, beans, etc. so you can ad lib. The recipes are a little more basic than Cooking Under Pressure, but I also use that one a lot and everything turns out wonderfully. She also has a vegetarian pressure cooker cookbook called Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure
    I don't have that one but will probably get it eventually. None of her books have a lot of processed food ingredients with the exception of canned tomatoes and curry paste. And all of her recipes work. I have yet to find one that doesn't.
    The Pressure Cooker Cookbook by Toula Patsalis is also pretty good:

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      Miss Priss Oct 10, 2011 07:10 AM

      I enthusiastically second AmyH's Lorna Sass recommendation, and agree that "Pressure Perfect" is a good place to start. I'm not a vegetarian, but I use "Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure" quite a lot, as it's full of interesting recipes for grains and beans and includes plenty of information about ingredients and techniques. There are also some nice websites on pressure cooking out there, especially missvickie.com (maybe more meat-and-potatoes focused than you'd like, but full of good advice) and www.hippressurecooking.com (clear instructions, appealing recipes, great photos). And once you get the hang of pressure cooking, you'll find it's pretty easy to adapt standard recipes for almost any food that takes well to cooking in liquid or steam.

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