Here’s another cookbook review! This time is a cookbook with a lot of recipes for my instant pot. I bought an instant pot because my mom asked me to but I don’t know how to use it so it just sits in the corner collecting dust for about a year. One day I got a surprise bookmail from Voracious Books (We are Voracious: a new imprint at Little, Brown led by Editorial Director Michael Szczerban, launching our first list in Fall 2019. Our publishing interests are wide-ranging, but our books are driven by twin forces: appetite and curiosity. To us, books are a matter of passion. Our mission is to connect readers with what they love most—from politics and Instant Pots to irreverent advice and pop culture. Most of our books are illustrated, and all of them are designed to make readers pick them up and immediately engage with them. Our authors are artists, entrepreneurs, cooks, photographers, tastemakers, thought leaders, scientists, storytellers, historians, humorists—and more) and as I opened the package for my unboxing video, I was surprised to see a thick book of recipes for my instant pot!
Honestly, I was overwhelmed and didn’t start cooking right away. This book has 350 recipes so I can understand why there aren’t enough space for pictures. I was disappointed, still, that there were pictures, but not at each recipe, so I delayed attacking this cookbook. My first try was the easiest recipe I could find and it’s quinoa!
The next recipe I tried cooking was Sweet Potato and Plantain Stew. I have never cooked anything like this or eat anything of this combination. I loved it and already wanting to cook and eat again. I loved the taste of plantain from this dish. Next time I cook, I will put more plantain for sure!
The third recipe I tried cooking was Hamburger Mac and Cheese! My 9 year old loved this dish a lot and ate more than one bowl! What surprised me with instant pot cooking this dish was that I didn’t have to boil the pasta in a separate pot! The ingredients were easy to find. I bought them all at Publix.
One day I cooked the Not-Really-Panda-Express Orange Chicken and it tasted delicious. I was looking for the orange color with less soup but felt disappointed that it’s not the same until I read the title of the dish again and realized that it’s Not-Really, so no wonder it’s not Orange color! My family loved eating this dish. My son loved it with rice so I was very happy. It was surprisingly easy to make too. I’m beginning to love my instant pot and this cookbook, despite lacking in pictures.
I will post more pictures on this post as I try out more recipes. I have many places bookmarked! If you want a glimpse into this cookbook, then visit my Instagram @howusefulitis for a mini video.
Don’t let the size of this cookbook scare you! I want all of the recipes. I’m not as nervous to try new dishes now because I know that most of the times and possibly all of the times I ended up loving the cooked food!
This cookbook started out with an introduction, which was a pleasant read. I like the sound of a monster-size cooker that can cook so much food at once. I like the cooking chart within the recipes because it’s quick and easy to follow. There’s an explanation of the pressure release. The trivets where pot in pot cooking was new to me. I don’t even remember if my pot came with it. I like the reminder for the sauté function. I enjoyed the authors’ humor in estimating time it takes to cook each dish. The detailed explanations of each ingredients were helpful because I haven’t cooked with heavy cream before. I didn’t know Hoisin meant seafood! Since I started cooking with Voracious cookbooks, I have learned to love shallots! I have never noticed them before. Must heed to the advice of lean ground proteins because when I cooked Hamburger Mac and Cheese, the fat of the meat stayed and gave an oily sheen to the dish. It could be a dish to make me gain weight if I don’t choose the ground beef carefully.
Instant Pot Bible: The Next Generation cookbook which was published on 11/24/2020, is divided into sections with green colored page. The green is visible at the top, side, and bottom of the cookbook so you can easily find each section. The first is Breakfast, second is Soup, third is Pasta & Noodles, fourth is Chicken & Turkey, fifth is Beef, Pork, & Lamb, sixth is Sides, Grains, & Vegetable Mains, and seventh is Desserts with sample pictures of few dishes within the book. The farewell page informed me that this book is the authors’ 4th instant pot recipe cookbook! Wow! So many recipes for an instant pot! (Um.. I am star-struck because I have been cooking from cookbooks of very famous chefs who published their cookbooks at Voracious Books! I don’t watch TV or cooking shows so I don’t know anyone and then I’m cooking and reading the mini biography of the authors and I’m just in awe. During Christmas, I went on Macy’s to browse and saw Ayesha Curry (The Full Plate) pots and pans. Comments from Instagram told me that Milk Street (Cookish) is their favorite cooking shows. I’m so lucky to be a Voracious ambassador, to cook and eat delicious foods and then showing off to the media, making their mouth water and their stomachs grumble lol).
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I rate it 5 stars!
About the Authors:
Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are the bestselling authors of the Instant Pot Bible series of cookbooks, among more than 30 others. They are the owners of MediaEats, a culinary production company, were nominees for 2011 and 2015 James Beard Awards, won the 2015 IACP Award, and are the longest-serving columnists on WeightWatchers.com, as well as regular contributors to the Washington Post, Fine Cooking, and Cooking Light. (Photo and info obtained from Little Brown’s website).