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Power Pressure Cookbook Xl: 200 Irresistible Electric Pressure Recipes for Fast, Healthy, and Amazingly Delicious Meals by Vanessa Olsen

Power Pressure Cooker XL Cookbook is a thick volume of recipes for power pressure cookers, specifically the Power Pressure Cooker XL machine.  It not only gives recipes but very specific instructions on how to work the machine through the recipe which is extremely helpful.  The author also includes a section on how power cookers were invented and the differences between pressure cookers with other forms of slow cookers and even between different types of pressure cookers.  The recipes are very diverse yet most are very affordable and span a wide range of different types of cooking.

The part I liked best about this book was how specific the instructions were with using the power cooker.  I have to be honest, I thought this was for a slow cooker when I picked it up and once I saw it was a pressure cooker I was a little nervous but thought maybe I could just adjust the recipes for use in a slow cooker…which now is doubtful but I’m glad that kept me interested.  Power cookers look overly complicated to me and I also live in fear of one blowing up.  I feel a little safer about looking into purchasing one now.  I was grateful for the troubleshooting and history sections in this book.  I think I may have to purchase a pressure cooker now.

The recipes were very diverse and covered everything from Indian to Mediterranean.  The ingredients for the recipes were overall very affordable.  There were some very simple recipes like hashbrown and bacon casserole and scalloped potatoes all the way to sweet potato peanut butter soup and lamb stew.  There was a vegan section and a paleo section.  Another helpful thing the author did was not only give calories for the meal but also gave a breakdown of protein, carbs, fat, and fiber.  This will really help people who eat certain ways or who are dieting.  There is just a good variety here and most of it looks delicious!  The sections cover everything from different meats, vegetables, soups, sauces, and even desserts.  The balance is amazing and makes this easily one of the best cook books I’ve picked up.

I was a little disappointed that even the meat dishes came out with a high carb rate.  I personally try to eat high protein meals and I was disappointed to see the carbs ratio to protein ratio for a lot of the meals.  The Paleo section saved it for me and there were other substitutions by the author to increase the protein rate but I think I’d like to see a little more protein friendly dishes in future cookbooks.  This is really my only complaint.

Speaking of which, for signing up for the author’s newsletter, I got another four free cookbooks!  I can’t wait to look through them and one looks specific for the Paleo diet.  The author has a blog and many other cook books as well and if they are as good as this one, I’m a fan.  If you are curious about pressure cookers and want to have a variety of dishes including the staples for use with one, this is the book for you.

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