Whether you're entertaining guests or simply making dinner for the family, spending hours cooking in the kitchen is never ideal. That's where pressure cookers come in. These handy devices use steam pressure to cook food faster (and thus let you spend less time in the kitchen). They also save 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, tasty low-carb meals, and even sweet desserts made at the touch of a button. From classic dishes to vegan cuisine, the following pressure cooker cookbooks have you covered.
Here are our picks for the best pressure cooker cookbooks to add to your collection.
The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cookbook by Laurel Randolph
An Amazon bestseller, food writer, and recipe developer 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, so whether you have just 20 minutes or 45, you can prepare these easy, wholesome meals.
Vegan Under Pressure by Jill Nussinow
For impressive vegan recipes made fast and simple, check out registered dietician 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 in "Vegan Under Pressure."
Dinner in an Instant by Melissa Clark
Full of new recipes from New York Times staff food writer 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. "Dinner in an Instant" is ideal whether you have a pressure cooker or a slow cooker, as Clark provides instructions for multiple devices.
The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook by Coco Morante
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 "The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook."
The Pressure Cooker Cookbook by Williams Sonoma
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.
Party in an Instant Pot by The Editors of Delish
The editors of Delish know a thing or two about good food, so you can't go wrong with their instant pot cookbook. Enjoy their recipes for mac and cheese, barbecue pulled pork, beer-braised beef nachos, crispy buffalo wings, and more in "Party in an Instant Pot."
The Instant Pot Bible by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough
Find more than 350 recipes in this cookbook that's been authorized by Instant Pot. Culinary production company owners Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough offer mouth-watering dishes like sous vide strip steaks with chives and garlic and classic cheesecake in "The Instant Pot Bible."
The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook by Nisha Vora
Also authorized by Instant Pot is this former lawyer and current food blogger, photographer, and stylist Nisha Vora's vegan cookbook. "The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook" holds more than 90 recipes like homemade coconut yogurt and breakfast enchilada casserole.
Instant Loss Cookbook by Brittany Williams
If weight loss is your goal, try the "Instant Loss Cookbook." The proof is in the pudding: Its author Brittany Williams lost more than 125 pounds cooking with an instant pot. Find 125 recipes and the meal plan Williams used here. The recipes are whole food-based with lots of veggies and are mostly dairy and grain-free.
Instantly Sweet by Barbara Schieving and Marci Buttars
Or indulge in this cookbook that's entirely filled with desserts. Find 75 recipes for cobblers, lava cakes, quick bread, and more in "Instantly Sweet," which is written by two popular recipe bloggers.