Miss Vickie's Big Book of Pressure Cooker Recipes

Miss Vickie's Big Book of Pressure Cooker Recipes

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by Vickie Smith
     
 


Foolproof pressure cooker recipes and tips from the expert herself, Miss Vickie.See more details below

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Foolproof pressure cooker recipes and tips from the expert herself, Miss Vickie.

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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.)

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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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764597268
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
02/26/2008
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
206,195
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

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