Miss Vickie’s Big Book of Pressure Cooker Recipes

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Miss Vickie’s Pressure Cooker Recipes Book

One of the main reasons this book is one of my favorites is because anyone will find what they need in it.  Everyone, from beginners to long time cooks who use pressure cookers, will find something new  in this book.

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Besides recipes, there are invaluable tips and techniques used for pressure cooking.  This is a cookbook that will stay either on the counter or in the middle and upfront inf your cookbook collection.  It will be one of those books you will use for a lifetime.

There are almost 400 recipes that range from scrumptious and fast one pot meals to desserts.  I especially love her bread pudding recipes.  She has 6 different varieties.  The recipes are easy to understand and Vickie Smith offers details that will help make everything turn out delicious.

She shares secrets of special techniques to insure that every meal turns out delicious.  With 50 years of experience in cooking,  she has a lot of great ideas of cooking in general.  If you are giving a pressure cooker as a gift, this is a great book to include with it.  It includes anything anyone would need to know about pressure cooking.

This book was reviewed by over 200 purchasers and 63 per cent gave it the highest possible rating.  Overwhelmingly, owners of this book are thankful for the resource material and charts that are included.

Several commented that if you are new to pressure cooking this should be the first cookbook you buy.  After you have been using the pressure cooker for a while and feel comfortable using it, there are other cookbooks to purchase—but this is the one to start with to give you a good foundation of the basics and help you be successful from the very beginning.

This quote from a user of the book sums up the overall attitude:

“This is the last word for me in pressure cooker cookbooks. It is an encyclopedia of information for the how-to’s and do’s and don’ts of pressure cooking. Every possible problem or question seems to have been anticipated and answered. Then there are time charts for every kind of food that one would want to cook under pressure. Last but not least, the wonderful recipes literally make your mouth water.”

Others commented that the recipes in this book are healthy because she uses a lot of fresh ingredients.  They also liked the idea that the ingredients were easy to find and you already will have many in your pantry.

There were a few complaints—about 2 per cent of the reviews.  Many of them were vegetarians and they didn’t like that most of the recipes were meat based.

A lot of the positive reviews contradicted the negative reviews.  There is a section in the cookbook that talks about substitutions and special ways to keep the meals from tasting bland.  I think you will be very happy if you purchase this cookbook.

5 Comments… add one

Annie Keeling April 9, 2013, 10:19 pm

Asking for a pressure cooker for my anniversary. This will be a perfect introduction into that world (thanks!) And I can’t wait to save time in the kitchen so I can do more of all those other things I love.

Lisa April 12, 2013, 12:00 pm

What a perfect anniversary gift! You are sure to enjoy cooking with a pressure cooker–locks in both flavor and nutrients!

Jen August 9, 2013, 7:48 pm

I agree, Miss Vickie’s cookbook for pressure cookers is awesome. I am wondering if anyone knows what happened to Miss Vickie’s amazing website. It is gone off of the Internet all of a sudden.

Teri May 11, 2014, 2:23 pm

I just bought the Instant Pot and Miss Vickie’s book. I love the recipes! I have one question. I’m a bit confused about how and why she says ” bring it to 15 psi over high heat, immediately reduce the heat to the lowest possible setting”. I do not see a temperature gauge on the instant pot. Does she mean to change it to low pressure cooking after it reaches the highest pressure. How do you do this on an Instant Pot? Thanks!

Lisa May 12, 2014, 9:40 am

Teri you are really going to enjoy using the Instant Pot. As I mentioned on my website 15 psi is reached mainly on stove top pressure cookers. But this is not a problem. The high setting on the Instant Pot is 11.6. So if a recipe calls for bringing the pressure to 15 psi and you have an electric type pressure cooker, bring the pressure cooker to the highest setting and then reduce the heat to the lowest setting. The adjustment that needs to be made is in the length of time you continue cooking. If the instructions say to continue cooking for 30 minutes, adjust that time to 40 minutes. This really is no big deal. After you cook a few meals you will know what works best. Remember, an electric pressure cooker continues cooking after it is turned off. So make sure the pressure is completely gone before opening it. If Miss Vickie’s book said to use the quick release method, this will reduce the cooking time on a stove top pressure cooker. It really isn’t that complicated. It is a lot of fun after you experiment a little with the cooking times, you will easily become an expert. Don’t forget to try some desserts in the pressure cooker–they turn out so moist and delicious! Lisa

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