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Pressure Cooker Cookbook [Paperback]

Catherine Phipps
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  • Publisher: Ebury Press (30 Sep 2012)
  • ASIN: B00GD72L5G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Pressure Cooking! 25 Sep 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I remember the hissing, rattling, frightening pressure cooker we had when I was a child which was used for steamed puddings and ham on occasions so although intrigued I was wary of using pressure cookers again. Recently there's been a lot of talk about the new style modern pressure cookers and how quiet they are and how time saving they can be. I learned via Twitter that this cookbook had been published and decided to purchase a pressure cooker and it at the same time. All I can say is "life changing!". If, like me, you love to eat well, enjoy cooking in general but sometimes find the rush to cook at the end of a busy day stressful or if you're a fan of dried beans but always forget to pre-soak them in time then a pressure cooker is for you. And if you want a cookbook that helps you pull together a great tasting meal in minutes then this is the cookbook for you too.

So far I've cooked 'Quick Chicken Supper for Two', 'One-pot Lentils with Sausages', 'Basque Squid Stew', 'Caponata', followed numerous instructions on cooking chickpeas, vegs and wild rice among others. I simply cannot wait to try some of the more unusual recipes like cheesecake and chocolate pots. I found this cookbook to have really clear instructions, well-laid out pages and very easy to use. Catherine explains recipes calmly and offers tips and alternatives. It really has taken the pressure off (pardon the pun) preparing an evening meal. So, do yourself a favour, buy a pressure cooker and this cookbook. Highly recommended.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Summary: This is an exceptional cookbook that is packed full of helpful tips for family cooking as well as an outstanding guide to using the pressure cooker. Even if you already own an extensive range of books on pressure cooking, if you have a nagging feeling that you could achieve more with pressure cooking, you need this one. I've used a pressure cooker for more than 30 years and have read a fair number of books dedicated to them but I've never learned so much as I have from Catherine Phipps' cookbook.

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For some people, it seems that pressure cookers were always destined to be disregarded as a cooking device because of (generally unfounded) reservations about their safety and difficulty in using them properly (what was the proper amount of hiss and rock that indicated it was up to the desired pressure?). And now, with the ubiquity of microwaves, they're discounted because another time-saving device is readily available. Modern pressure cookers have lots of safety features and it's easier to judge when they're up to pressure and from when the recipes should be timed. Catherine Phipps gives a good overview of them along with helpful advice about appropriate sizes and other useful equipment and utensils. Just reading about how she discovered pressure cooking and developed her enthusiasm for what they represent in time-saving, fuel economy and, above all, as a technique for improving food preparation, gives the reader a strong hint that pressure cookers are rarely used to their full potential.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
As a 'throw it in the pot' cook, I wouldn't have known where to start without some clear guidance on the nuances of pressure cooking, so this book has been invaluable. The writing style is accessible, often drawing upon the author's personal experiences of different cuisines, but married with the precise details and timings essential for this mode of cooking.

As a novice, and being a little wary at first, I started with some basics, such as brown rice and garlic mashed potatoes, before progressing, through dhals and risottos, to some of the book's more adventurous combinations. Every dish I've tried has turned out perfectly and the recipes are easy to scale up or down from the 'serves four' standard in the book. There are also occasional tips on variations and additions to the main recipes. As a vegetarian, I thought I might be limited, but there are dedicated sections for "Beans and Pulses" and "Rice, Grains and Pasta", as well as for vegetables, soups, starters and desserts. I've even modified some of the meat and fish recipes without too much difficulty.

In summary, this book is a wonderful collection of recipes by someone who is clearly inspired by food, and for a practical and inventive guide to pressure cooking I doubt it could be bettered.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love my pressure cooker 25 Sep 2012
Format:Hardcover
I have always had a pressure cooker, and always a Prestige HiDome old fashioned one with weights. I had one with my mum at home, I had another as my own as a wedding present some 30 years ago, and I replaced that last year as the handle had fallen apart. But always the same one. Now I am wishing that I had read Catherine's book first before buying that last one, I would have got a nice shallow wide one, which would have made a lot of her recipes easier to do.

And there are a LOT of recipes and tips that I want to try in this book. I was amazed at the things I would never have thought of cooking in a pressure cooker - vegetables, fruit for cakes, fruit for marmalade (I admit I do that, but didn't realise that I was cooking the fruit for too long, now I have cut the time back) in addition to the steamed puddings, soups and casseroles I have always made. Now that the price of gas and electricity is on the up and up again, it is even more important to save fuel, and this book will make that enjoyable as well as necessary.

Production also is nice. I like that the book doesn't have a jacket. I seem to spend a lot of my life taping torn jackets together, so this wipe clean board cover is much more convenient.

A recommended buy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy but delicious recipes
I bought this book on a whim with my pressure cooker. This book is set to become one of my very favourites. Read more
Published 17 days ago by adgilcan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to pressure cooking
This is a really well thought out book with some really delicious ideas and nice clear instructions. Catherine Phipps Indian inspired recipes are especially lovely. Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is such a good book ive done three recipes so far and they have turned out so good its so easy to follow the instructions you cant go wrong. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mr stephen johns
4.0 out of 5 stars packaging.
The book is great, but it was slightly damaged in the post.(only slightly).However, I can really recommend this book., and use it daily.
Published 3 months ago by Jenny W.
5.0 out of 5 stars delicious and different
I love my pressure cooker so I was delighted to find a more adventurous cook book. Everything I've cooked has been delicious and the recipes are just a bit above the ordinary,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by floyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening
Amazing range of recipes for really different uses of pressure cookers. Tried a few so far all of which work well including cooking pasta and sauce in one pan in a few minutes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sarah M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Easy to read. Great ideas and simple to follow recipes. I have used a pressure cooker for many years - but this dispeled myths I had previously held and I can now confidently... Read more
Published 4 months ago by DMGB
3.0 out of 5 stars Recipes for the young at heart
I was a little disappointed with this book, as two-thirds of the recipes we will never use. Very hot spice foods to our taste. Read more
Published 4 months ago by DawnRosa
5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful
I have recently started using a pressure cooker every day and this has been an invaluable companion. Read more
Published 5 months ago by clare
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Really good well explained recipes with useful tips, am using my pressure cooker almost every day now! Would thoroughly recommend it
Published 5 months ago by diane
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