I was excited to get The Great Big Pressure Cooker Book. I have a few other cookbooks by Bruce Weinstein, such as The Ultimate Ice Cream Book and The Ultimate Candy Book, as well as The Ultimate Frozen Dessert Cookbook by Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough. When I first opened the book, I was disappointed to see that the binding split apart right away. While it is still usable, it is likely that pages will start falling out next.
The first recipe that I tried was Honest-To-God Pulled Pork. We raise pigs, so I have pulled a lot of pork. It was nice to have a recipe to cook it quickly when I just needed enough for my family. I also made a beef stew, by combining a few of the recipes to get the veggies that my family likes in it. My husband was thrilled that I could make a good beef stew so quickly since I haven’t made beef stew much lately since it’s hard to get it in the crockpot early enough in the day for it to be cooked for dinner.
With 500 recipes, there is a lot of variety in the book. There is also a section on using a pressure cooker at the beginning, which was handy for me since I had never used one before. There is a section of desserts, but I doubt I will end up using those much. The main dishes, as well as the soups will probably get quite a bit of use. This is a great resource, especially for those days when I forget to plan dinner until is too late to start a lot of things, since they cook considerably quicker than conventional recipes.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review