Miss Vickie’s Big Book of Pressure Cooker Recipes

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Miss Vickie’s Big Book of Pressure Cooker Recipes

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 n

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5 Spices, 50 Dishes: Simple Indian Recipes Using Five Common Spices

The premise is simple: with five common spices and a few basic ingredients, home cooks can create fifty mouthwatering Indian dishes, as diverse as they are delicious. Cooking teacher Ruta Kahate has chosen easy-to-find spicescoriander, cumin, mustard, cayenne pepper, and turmericto create authentic, accessible Indian dishes everyone will love. Roasted Lamb with Burnt Onions uses just two spices and three steps resulting in a meltingly tender roast. Steamed Cauliflower with a Spicy TomatoSauce an

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  1. jag14 "jag148" says:
    385 of 396 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Comprehensive and Valuable Cookbook, September 5, 2008
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    jag14 “jag148” (Canada) –

    This review is from: Miss Vickie’s Big Book of Pressure Cooker Recipes (Paperback)

    I am really enjoying this book. It has a lot of information on cooking all different food types in the pressure cooker as well as tips to ensure success. (When reading, I recognized some of my previous cooking errors.) There are comprehensive pressure cooking time charts and information for multi-level cooking as well as real variety in the recipes . They predominantly call for fresh and easy-to-find ingredients.

    I wanted to address the low-rating reviews that recommended Lorna Sass’s books over this one. I own two Lorna Sass books: while they are quality cookbooks and do include more recipes for vegetables and grains, there is information in Miss Vickie’s cookbook that does not appear in Lorna Sass’s. I do understand that people’s needs and preferences are different, but there is much in this book to recommend to all pressure cooker users.

    There may be other motives in some reviews in which Miss Vickie’s book is not accurately represented. I used to visit a pressure cooking forum on Vegsource (a vegetarian website). One day, Miss Vickie posted in response to a question on that forum and was attacked by other members of the site because she has meat-based recipes on her own website. When I quietly reported this to the moderator, hoping to have the offending post removed, I was banned from the site. Lorna Sass is heavily promoted on this site because she has written a book for vegetarian pressure cooking (although, paradoxically, she authored several other books containing numerous meat recipes). This experience has colored my view of some of the negative postings.

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  2. James N. Patterson says:
    237 of 247 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I use this cookbook a little more often than the Lorna J. Sass books., September 24, 2008
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    James N. Patterson (Carmichael, CA United States) –
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    This review is from: Miss Vickie’s Big Book of Pressure Cooker Recipes (Paperback)

    I want a complete balanced meal when I cook. This means I use the microwave, pressure cooker, stove, and oven all at the same time to cook everything. I don’t usually cook one pot meals. Pressure cookers work great for meats and grains. Brown rice is quick and easy. I tend to use a pressure cooker mostly for meats, soups, and stews. The Lorna Sass books are very nice. The Sass Whole Grain book cannot be beat. I have all of the Sass books but I find I tend to use this book a little more often than hers. I am glad that I have all of these cookbooks. I would buy this book first to begin pressure cooking, then get the Sass books. They have things that are not in Miss Vickie’s book. Vickie Smith and Lorna J. Sass are the two best authors of pressure cooker cookbooks. If you want vegetarian or vegan pressure cooking, get the Sass books. They are superior for that. For a good all around general purpose pressure cooking cookbook I recommend you get Miss Vickie’s Pressure Cooker Recipes. Its the one I reach for first. Its also the one I give as gifts to others.

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  3. ANS says:
    162 of 175 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good recipes overall but not for electric pressure cookers, September 30, 2008
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    ANS (WY, USA) –

    This review is from: Miss Vickie’s Big Book of Pressure Cooker Recipes (Paperback)

    I have only tried a handful of these recipes. They turned out pretty great. However, they are all geared towards manual pressure cookers, NOT electric pressure cookers. The author is pretty clear about the fact that all her recipes are intended for manual pressure cookers and she is even a bit condescending towards those that purchase electric ones. I probably would have chosen a different book had I known that, since I own one of each and would like a book that covers both. If you own a manual one, I highly recommend this book though.

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  4. Bay Area Reader says:
    115 of 115 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Brilliant Indian Home Cooking, July 14, 2007
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    Bay Area Reader (California) –

    This review is from: 5 Spices, 50 Dishes: Simple Indian Recipes Using Five Common Spices (Paperback)

    This is a great book. It’s premise is simple, but not simplistic – take 5 spices combined in various ways and produce a variety of Indian dishes for any occasion. Everything I’ve made from it has succeeded, and I will certainly make again. The coverplate (chickpeas with dill) is total comfort food, and uses dill as a vegetable in a new and surprising way. I’ve also made and enjoyed the Cabbage Salad (a fresh take on slaw), Indian Fried fish (tasty and savory), Sweet Potato with Ginger and Lemon, Corn with Mustard Seeds, and the fantastic Mussels in a Green Curry. And anyone who thinks they don’t like okra NEEDS to try the Okra Raita – my favorite of all favorites in the book.

    Recipes are well-presented, clear and easy to follow. I cook a lot of Indian food, but in no way felt that these recipes were dumbed-down at all. Kahate wisely confines her recipes to simple, practical ones with accessible ingredients. Does Indian food offer complex biriyanis with 15 spices and many ingredients? Sure. But that’s not what is offered here. This is fresh home cooking, bursting with flavor, yet able to be cooked quickly. The flavors of the ingredients is prominent. And Kahate is a good guide to ingredients and techniques.

    Highly recommended. Mine is already stained from much use!

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  5. D. Montgomery says:
    39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Great recipes, poor quality binding, January 25, 2009
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    D. Montgomery (Portland, OR) –

    This review is from: 5 Spices, 50 Dishes: Simple Indian Recipes Using Five Common Spices (Paperback)

    I’ve really enjoyed exploring some of the recipes in this book and getting a feel for the simple spice combinations. It’s been a great addition to our broad ambitions for cooking styles to have learned, from this book, how to use these spices effectively. The shrimp and fish marinades alone are worth the price of the book.

    The only problem is the binding. The pages totally fell out of the cover after about a dozen uses. Quite poorly made. 5 stars for content, 1 star for printing = 3 stars.

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  6. Steven Muni "Foothills Bear" says:
    32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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    Easy Recipes and Delicious Results, October 17, 2007
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    Steven Muni “Foothills Bear” (Sutter Creek, CA USA) –
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    This review is from: 5 Spices, 50 Dishes: Simple Indian Recipes Using Five Common Spices (Paperback)

    I have made several recipes from this book and have been delighted with all so far. I cook a lot of Indian food, and am a fan of the books of Mahadur Jaffrey and Julie Sahni, but this book is going to be used as much as their books. The premise is simple but not simplistic. The recipes are easy to follow and the results are delicious. Particular raves at my house go to the carrot raita, with it’s inclusion of walnut pieces and raisins, (I used dried cranberries.) And the Goan eggplant and shrimp curry is a winner, although I used a little more shrimp and eggplant than called for in the recipe and used a full can of coconut milk instead of the cup of water and cup of coconut milk called for. This is a worthy addition to anyone’s collection of cookbooks.

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