The Big Book of Instant Pot Recipes: 240 Must-Try Dishes for Your Multi-Function Cooker

Kristy Bernardo, Emily Sunwell-Vidaurri, Amy Rains, and Stefanie Bundalo. Page Street, $30 (516p) ISBN 978-1-62414-882-8
Four food writers and bloggers collaborate in this latest workable Instant Pot entry. They display the device’s versatility and use icons to indicate such categories as gluten-free, vegetarian, and grain-free, but fail to show the total prep time for each recipe, adding guess work to a process that’s meant to save time. The Instant Pot excels with dishes that employ pressure cooking—and there are plenty of quick recipes, such as mole carnitas, corned beef and cabbage, BBQ apricot pulled pork, and sweet and tangy pineapple shredded beef. Some recipes, however, require more preparation: caramelized onion vegetable stuffing calls for 15 ingredients and eight steps, employing both an oven and the Instant Pot, and the teams’s steamed tamales and creamy mushroom risotto takes just as long as the traditional prep. Not all recipes present such challenges: cajun chicken bowls, or corn and green chile casserole, which incorporates a boxed corn muffin mix, come together quickly, as do such hits as chipotle and smoked gouda meat loaf, and blue cheese mashed potatoes. There are many enticing recipes, but the volume is best for skilled home cooks, as they’ll be able to assess a recipe’s practicality and adapt accordingly. (Sept.)
Reviewed on : 08/06/2019
Release date: 09/24/2019
Genre: Lifestyle
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