Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Dinner in an Instant by Melissa Clark

Were you one of the millions of people who got an Instant Pot this Christmas? Afraid to get it out to box and try it out? Check out an Instant Pot cookbook from the library.

We got one for Christmas last year, so I’ve had a year to experiment. I’ve checked out multiple cookbooks, and Dinner in an Instant has quickly become a favorite.

New York Times food reporter, Melissa Clark, was assigned to write a story on the device to “see what all the fuss was about”. That story ended up turning into this cookbook.

Dinner in an Instant begins with introductory information about electric pressure cookers, and then is broken down into chapters by types of food, beginning with Yogurt, Cheese + Eggs, progressing through different types of meat, vegetables, beans, soups, and ending with desserts.

So far, from the book, I’ve tried the Chicken and Dumplings, Chana Masala, Garlicky Beans with Broccoli Rabe, Classic Polenta, and the Plain Yogurt (which I now make at least once a week and can barely keep in the fridge!) The recipes are well written and thorough, and everything has turned out delicious!  These are not necessarily set-it-and-forget-it recipes — the Chicken and Dumplings, for example took an hour and a half, and required bringing the pot to pressure multiple times

 And while you’re putting cookbooks on hold, go ahead and put these other titles on hold too: Instant Pot Indian (the butter chicken recipe is amazing!), Paleo Cooking with Your Instant Pot, and The Instant Pot Obsession

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