While almost everyone has some memory of seeing his/her mother cooking on a pressure cooker, such memories are seldom of much use today as the cookers have changed drastically, while our daily schedule has become a lot more packed than that of our parents. Hence, we need simple recipes that are made for the products found in the market today; recipes that can be cooked at short notice and in a short span of time. Given the wide range of recipes available though, choosing the easy and the simple (or the challenging if you so desire) can be a challenge in itself. Thankfully, a number of great pressure cooker cook books can solve your dilemma, and to make your task easier still, we’ve listed out the best cook books for making that perfect meal.
5 Cook Books for Pressure Cooker Meals
1. Miss Vickie’s Big Book of Pressure Cooker Recipes
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (January 29, 2008)
Made up of over 400 recipes, Miss Vickie’s contribution to pressure cooker knowledge stands out for the wide range of simple recipes that are provided in a standardized format with photos aplenty. Furthermore, drawing on her extensive experience as a chef, the author has come up with suggestions regarding using a pressure cooker and tips and troubleshooting that are difficult to find anywhere else. Last but not least, the balance between vegetarian and non-vegetarian advice and recipes is always maintained, thus making the book ideal for a wide range of users.
2. Pressure Cooker Perfection
Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: Boston Common Press (March 15, 2013)
Written by a team of highly experienced professional chefs, the book comes with 61 recipes that cover virtually all aspects, from soups to desserts. Interestingly, not only have the authors covered the recipes in innovative detail, they have also provided much needed data about important techniques that can be applied to achieve perfection and reduce cooking time. These tips and recipes were discovered while using 12 models belonging to various brands, so the information contained in this book is not only extremely practical, but applies to all major pressure cooker brands equally.
3. Chloe’s Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Atria Books; Original edition (March 6, 2012)
A must have for every vegan pressure cooker user, Chef Chloe Coscarelli’s book is the authoritative guide to cooking any vegan dish using a simple procedure and even simpler ingredients. Though the book does not deal exclusively with cookers, the other recipes complement pressure cooking well, and can be carried out without the need for additional implements. Lastly, the book helps explain the benefits of having a vegan diet and how the ordinary foods can be cooked in a vegan manner to enhance their nutritional value.
4. 20 Chinese Recipes for Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Print Length: 37 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Though 20 may seem to be a small number, Lucy Zhang’s collection of pressure cooker recipes are comprehensive enough to make a Chinese culinary specialist out of just about anybody. Furthermore, the recipes are not adaptations meant for pressure cookers, but authentic Chinese dishes from Northern China that have been chosen as is by the author depending on their utility for cookers.
5. Pressure Perfect: Two Hour Taste in Twenty Minutes Using Your Pressure Cooker
Print Length: 371 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; 1 edition (July 30, 2013)
Made for those with little time and a hungry stomach, Pressure Perfect specializes in teaching novices how to shorten the cooking time of major pressure cooker dishes without compromising on the quality of the gourmet. Indeed, the book claims to be able to teach users how to cook two dishes at once in a manner that make both equally compatible with the flavors of the other. If that weren’t enough, there are some novel concepts pertaining to a wide range of culinary categories that have been introduced in this book in a lucid fashion to facilitate fast and delicious cooking.
While each pressure cooker cook book has its own specialties, it cannot be denied that the above five represent the Who’s Who of the literature available today. Each caters to specific categories in addition to providing general advice, and you should decide carefully based on your own needs. When combined with careful consideration and a great pressure cooker, these books can help you churn out a perfect meal without having to experiment at length with cooking timings, amount of water to be added, etc.