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  • Hardcover: 372 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (9 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060505346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060505349
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Learn all you need to know about buying and using modern pressure cookers, and do it while enjoying the 200+ recipes in this volume, including soups, meats, poultry, grains, beans, vegetables and even desserts.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Robinson on 3 Mar. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is our favourite pressure cooker recipe book. Almost every recipe we have tried has been a winner, and having gotten into something of a rut cooking the same things all the time, this book has been a real incentive to try lots of new things. The book also has a great introduction about how to cook with a pressure cooker, and unlike many recipe books, a fantastic index. At the end of reach recipe there are some suggested variations and 'transformations' which is almost like getting another couple of books thrown in for free.

The only thing you have to look out for is that - as with many pressure cooker books - the vocabulary is American, so there are times when it is hard to work out exactly what ingredients are being specified. You also need to watch out for the fact that some American spices are less strong than their UK equivalents. Sometimes the quantities are rather large too.

But these are only minor niggles in what is a fantastic book and certainly the one I would recommend to anyone looking for a first pressure cooker cook book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Hadley on 30 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I find the bean timing chart extremely useful, although I need to add up to 5 minutes to all cooking times to achieve non-crunchy results.
The layout of the variatons does not make fluent cooking. I had to frequently refer backwards and forwards in fear of missing my moment to add x, y or z ingredient.
Although the chilli recipe on page 140 was lovely, I was extremely disappointed to find that Lorna recommended using tinned beans in the variation. Is this not exactly why one is using a pressure-cooker?
As it is an American book, the ingredients are only in Imperial measurements. It would have been useful to have printed Metric measurements as well.
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By mountain maid on 30 Jan. 2013
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loads of info for the novice, plus lots of easy to use and addapt recipies, good read with many tips
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463 of 470 people found the following review helpful
Pressure Cooking 101: Easy, Safe and Oh So Delicious!!!!! 18 April 2004
By Daniel F. Moore - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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!
180 of 180 people found the following review helpful
Pressure? Perfect! 8 Feb. 2005
By Lawrence W. Prichard - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Lorna Sass's "Pressure Perfect" really is that, I believe.She starts with a clear, but not stupidly oversimplified guide to pressure cookers and pressure cooking. To me, this section is almost worth the price of the book.I have an older, American made "jiggle top" pressure cooker, and these recipes work flawlessly in my cooker.The dishes range from very standard "American" dishes like chili and pot roast and excellent mashed potatoes that are very nearly as fast as instant, to rissottos, to a really delicious Chicken Biryani.The timing charts for meats, vegetables, and grains are presented twice, which is very handy. They are presented first in each section, and again at the end of the book, before the clear and concise index.None of the ingredients are impossible to find, and even the ones that are not common, can be mail/phone ordered. Sass includes contact information for stores and pressure cooker manufacturers.Wild rice is one of my favourite grains, and until I got this book, I rarely had wild rice beacuse of the lengthy conventional cooking time. I have it a lot more often.This is a well written, easy to use, friendly book.
188 of 194 people found the following review helpful
Awesome book 14 Feb. 2005
By t19p5 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I got an electric pressure cooker and Lorna Sass's book for Christmas (yes, yes, I asked for a pressure cooker... ) The electric pressure cooker is great and very easy to use. I really didn't want to spend time watching the pressure cooker on the stove and trying to figure out how high to keep the flame so that the cooker stays at high pressure. My pressure cooker came with this little flimsy booklet and would've been virtually unusable without this book. The book great for a beginner and explains in great detail how each model (i.e. stove-top or electric) of the pressure cooker operates. The recipes are excellent and each recipe has ideas on replacing ingredients. I think the most valuable parts of the book are the cooking charts. I've been able to modify my regular recipes for use in the pressure cooker just on the charts alone. Overall, this book is a must-have in order to start using your pressure cooker.
199 of 207 people found the following review helpful
Lorna Sass' Dirty Pressure Cooker Book 2 Mar. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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!
90 of 92 people found the following review helpful
Yummy recipes--love the vegetarian variations! 23 Jan. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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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