How To Instant Pot [review]

Title: How To Instant Pot
Author: Daniel Shumski
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company


Legions of home cooks are falling in love with the Instant Pot multipurpose pressure cooker, which does the work of a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, sauté pan, steamer, and chafing dish all in one. This collection of 100 easy, creative, boundary-pushing recipes makes ultimate use of this amazing and increasingly popular contraption. The only Instant Pot cookbook organized by function, with detailed instructions for mastering each, How to Instant Pot features dishes from satisfying breakfasts through tempting desserts, plus skill-building recipes that offer simple methods for basic dishes (Chicken Soup 3 Ways, No-Stir Polenta 3 Ways, Sweet Yogurt 3 Ways) and surprising hacks that make this already remarkable gadget even more indispensable. Hard-boil an egg in 5 minutes? Yup. Bake a potato in half the time? You bet. Quick pickle some veggies? Why not. Want to know how to Instant Pot? This book is all you need.

[My Review]

How To Instant Pot is such a great resource for anyone who has one of these magical devices – whether you’re completely new to them (and how I wish I had this book when I first got mine, many months ago) or have had yours for a while but would like some inspiration, or tips and tricks!

After a general overview/ introduction the book is then split up into sections relating to different functions of the Instant Pot; each section has some general operating instructions and tips, and then a load of great recipes to try out. There’s a section for pressure cooking – which is what I mainly use mine for, and what I bought the Instant Pot for, so that’s come in very handy – as well as a slow cooker section which is also great, plus other sections such as the rice maker, yoghurt maker, etc.

What I really love about this book is that, on the whole, the recipes aren’t horrendously complicated but they are different and inspiring. You won’t get the same selection of tired old recipes that I see in every other Instant Pot ‘recipe book’; there are exciting new combinations and tips for things to make which you might not have thought could be done with this apparatus. I don’t think I’d personally bother with the yoghurt reicipes or the different rice recipes, but the other sections have some really interesting ideas.

I liked that there were pictures included but, as always, wished that there was an image for each recipe.  Still, this has reignited my love for the Instant Pot and encouraged me to try new recipes. Really impressed – if you only buy one Instant Pot recipe book, buy this one!

[Rating: 4/5]

Many thanks to Workman Publishing Company for providing a copy of this book on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

How To Instant Pot is out on 31 October.



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