Dec 7, 2017 Food

These Pressure Cooker Cookbooks Make Dinner at the Press of a Button Possible

by Christie Calucchia
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Half Baked Harvest

Whether you're entertaining guests or simply making dinner at home, spending hours cooking in the kitchen is never ideal. That's where the pressure cooker comes in. This handy device uses steam pressure to cook food faster (and it lets you spend less time in the kitchen). It also saves energy compared to conventional cooking methods, in case you needed another reason to try out the appliance.

To get the most out of your pressure cooker, you'll want to consult a few cookbooks to help you get started, especially if you're unfamiliar with how to best utilize the gadget. Let the pros show you all the delicious and easy culinary creations you can whip up with your new sous chef (you might not realize just how much it can do). Think hearty stews, savory egg dishes, and even sweet desserts made at the touch of a button. From classic dishes to vegan cuisine, these pressure cooker cookbooks have you covered. Browse through a few of the best before you get cooking.

Laurel Randolph The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cookbook ($9)

An Amazon best seller, Laurel Randolph's pressure cooker cookbook delivers over 100 low-maintenance recipes that anyone can make. The recipes are all customizable and labeled by prep time. Whether you have just 20 minutes or 45, you can prepare these easy, wholesome meals.

Jill Nussinow, MS, RDN Vegan Under Pressure ($11)

For impressive vegan recipes made fast and simple, check out Jill Nussinow's book. Her recipes prove that cooking with dietary restrictions in mind doesn't have to mean more time in the kitchen, even when it comes to cooking vegan staples like dried beans and grains. Learn how to make dishes like roasted pepper and white bean dip and Thai summer vegetable curry in no time at all.

Melissa Clark Dinner in an Instant ($11)

Full of new recipes from author Melissa Clark, this cookbook will show you how to make modern, sophisticated meals without spending hours in the kitchen. It contains Paleo, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free recipes for everyone to enjoy. This book is ideal whether you have a pressure cooker or slow cooker, as Clark provides instructions for multiple devices.

Coco Morante The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook ($12)

If comfort food is what you're after, this is the pressure cooker cookbook for you. With over 75 recipes, you can survive winter one instant pot meal at a time. From spicy chili and whole roasted chicken to cauliflower mashed potatoes, you'll find a recipe to satisfy your cravings for familiar and hearty meals in this book.

Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen Pressure Cooker Cookbook ($15)

Learn from the experts with this cookbook created by the kitchen pros at Williams Sonoma. Flip through the pages of this beautiful book to find stunning photography and simple, doable recipes. There's a recipe for just about everything from risotto to ribs. Learn the basics, and then begin experimenting with your own creations.

All-Clad Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker ($300)

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