Miss Vickie's Big Book of Pressure Cooker Recipes

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The Ultimate Pressure-Cooker Cookbook

Nobody knows more about pressure cookers than Vickie Smith, creator of the leading pressure-cooker Web site, MissVickie.com. Now, at last, Miss Vickie has gathered all of her pressure-cooker wisdom into a book. Whether you're a pressure-cooker newcomer or a longtime fan, you'll find all the recipes, techniques, and tips you need for a lifetime of great pressure-cooker meals.

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Overview

The Ultimate Pressure-Cooker Cookbook

Nobody knows more about pressure cookers than Vickie Smith, creator of the leading pressure-cooker Web site, MissVickie.com. Now, at last, Miss Vickie has gathered all of her pressure-cooker wisdom into a book. Whether you're a pressure-cooker newcomer or a longtime fan, you'll find all the recipes, techniques, and tips you need for a lifetime of great pressure-cooker meals.

Miss Vickie's Big Book of Pressure Cooker Recipes is jam-packed with nearly 400 fast, tasty, foolproof recipes, ranging from one-pot meals like Chicken and Rice with Mushrooms to Sweet and Sour Pork, Navy Bean Soup, and Chocolate Malt Cheesecake. Miss Vickie's detailed recipe instructions and special techniques, such as "pan in pot" pressure cooking, guarantee that each dish comes out perfectly cooked—and perfectly delicious.

But Miss Vickie gives you more than just great recipes. Her book also provides in-depth guidance on every aspect of choosing and using a pressure cooker, including

  • A buyers' guide to modern pressure cookers
  • Step-by-step pressure-cooker instructions
  • Pressure-cooker safety
  • Basic and advanced pressure-cooking techniques
  • Common mistakes in pressure cookery
  • Adapting recipes to the pressure cooker
  • Tips, tricks, and troubleshooting

Offering hundreds of recipes that are proven to work—and proven delicious—plus plain-English answers to all of your pressure-cooker questions, Miss Vickie has created the single most useful pressure-cooker book ever published. It's a resource you'll turn to again and again as you explore the world of pressure-cooker possibilities and pleasures.

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Editorial Reviews

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Smith, founder of MissVickie.com, a highly trafficked Web site devoted to all things steam-pressured, compiles her expertise in a single tome, covering the history of pressure cookery from its inception in the 17th century to its resurgence today. Smith extols pressure cooking’s benefits, including fuel efficiency, faster cooking time, reduced fats, higher levels of nutrient retention and the ability to create lower-cost one-pot meals. Several pages are devoted to exact cooking times for specific vegetables, meats, fish, beans and even pasta shapes. Though there are a fair number of recipes featuring legumes, for example, this cookbook is mainly geared to a meat-eating audience. As might be expected, a good deal are stewlike creations, but Smith covers eclectic ground with dishes like Italian Seasoned Veal Tortellini Stew; Walnut Chicken Braised in Pomegranate Juice; and Mexican Posole (pork stew with green chile and hominy). Outside of the one-pot meals are ragus, pilafs and pulled meats for sandwich stuffing. Smith even rounds up some intriguing desserts like Sweet Dumpling Flan with Caramel Sauce and a basic bread pudding with six variations. Eminently thorough and enlightening, Smith’s cookbook is bound to please the beginner pressure cooker and aficionado alike. (Mar.) (Publishers Weekly, January 7, 2007)
Publishers Weekly

Smith, founder of MissVickie.com, a highly trafficked Web site devoted to all things steam-pressured, compiles her expertise in a single tome, covering the history of pressure cookery from its inception in the 17th century to its resurgence today. Smith extols pressure cooking's benefits, including fuel efficiency, faster cooking time, reduced fats, higher levels of nutrient retention and the ability to create lower-cost one-pot meals. Several pages are devoted to exact cooking times for specific vegetables, meats, fish, beans and even pasta shapes. Though there are a fair number of recipes featuring legumes, for example, this cookbook is mainly geared to a meat-eating audience. As might be expected, a good deal are stewlike creations, but Smith covers eclectic ground with dishes like Italian Seasoned Veal Tortellini Stew; Walnut Chicken Braised in Pomegranate Juice; and Mexican Posole (pork stew with green chile and hominy). Outside of the one-pot meals are ragus, pilafs and pulled meats for sandwich stuffing. Smith even rounds up some intriguing desserts like Sweet Dumpling Flan with Caramel Sauce and a basic bread pudding with six variations. Eminently thorough and enlightening, Smith's cookbook is bound to please the beginner pressure cooker and aficionado alike. (Mar.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
School Library Journal

Smith started a popular web site devoted to pressure cookers (MissVickie.com) in 2001; this is her first book. The impressively detailed introductory section is more than 100 pages long, covering the history and science of the pressure cooker, basic and advanced techniques, troubleshooting, and more. Then Smith presents almost 400 recipes for all courses of a meal, with a separate chapter on breakfast. Most are for old-fashioned, hearty comfort food, though there are some more contemporary dishes and many familiar classics. Lorna Sass's pressure cooker books (e.g., Pressure Perfect) include more sophisticated recipes, but Smith's thorough introduction makes her book a useful reference. For larger collections.


—Judith Sutton

Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764597268
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/26/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 124,665
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Vickie Smith is the creator of the immensely popular MissVickie.com pressure-cooker Web site, which has attracted more than 2 million visitors since 2001.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

The History of the Pressure Cooker.

The Benefits of Modern Pressure Cookers.

How Does It Do That Thing It Does?

Pressure-Cooking Techniques.

A Buyer's Gide to Modern Pressure Cookers.

Step-by-Step Pressure-Cooker Instructions.

Pressure-Cooker Safety.

Pressure: Getting It, Keeping It, Releasing It.

Basic Pressure-Cooking Techniques.

Advanced Pressure-Cooking Techniques.

Accessory Items.

Pressure-Cooker Cleaning and Maintenance.

Common Mistakes in Pressure Cookery.

Adapting Recipes to the Pressure Cooker.

Test Drive Your Pressure Cooker.

Water and Other Liquids.

Troubleshooting.

Tips and Tricks.

The Best-Kept Cooking Secret.

The Best Cuts of Meat for Pressure Cooking.

Dried Beans, Peas, and Legumes.

Pressure Cooking Pasta.

Pressure-Cooling Time Charts.

Manufacturers and Suppliers.

Beef.

Chicken.

Pork and Ham.

Lamb.

Fish and Seafood.

Beans and Legumes.

Rice.

Vegetables.

Desserts and Sweet Endings.

Fabulous Fruitcakes.

Bountiful Breakfasts.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

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    Amazing recipes

    I rec'd a pressure cooker for Christmas, tried a few food variations of my own...wanted to try something new, and love the recipes in this book!

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

    The best!

    I have read and purchased numerous pressure cooker cookbooks, and this is by far the best. I've used dozens of recipes, with only one that I would not try again. The first 100 or so pages are packed with valuable information about pressure cookers. Especially interesting is the history and development of these appliances to what we have today, and how to purchase, use and care for them. Extensive time charts for meats, vegetables, fruits, and grains remove the guesswork and guarantee success. I'd love to see this made available on Nook!

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