Sunday, October 20, 2019

The "I Love My Instant Pot®" Anti-Inflammatory Diet Recipe Book: From Orange Ginger Salmon to Apple Crisp, 175 Easy and Delicious Recipes That Reduce Inflammation

The "I Love My Instant Pot" Anti-Inflammatory Diet Recipe Book is a tutorial and recipe reference specifically aimed at an anti-inflammatory diet. Released 1st Oct 2019 by Simon & Schuster on their Adams imprint, it's 224 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats.

This book is a wonderful resource, especially for family dinners where one (or more) members are trying to adhere to a special diet, in this case inflammatory conditions or auto immune diseases. The instant pot adds convenience and speed to the equation along with -normal- tasting family friendly meal options.

The book has a nice, easy to follow layout. The introductory chapter and how-to tutorial (~7% of the content) cover the basic hows and whys of using the instant pot.  The following chapters cover the standards: breakfast, soups/stews/chili, snacks/appetizers, beans/rice/whole grains, side dishes, poultry, seafood/fish, vegetarian, and dessert.

Each of the recipes includes an introductory description, ingredients listed in a bullet point sidebar (US measurements only, though there's a conversion chart in the back of the book), step by step instructions, as well a footer with nutritional info. I would estimate roughly 10% of the recipes are accompanied by photographs. The photos provided are high quality and clear.

The recipe ingredients themselves are easily sourced and will be available at most well stocked grocery stores. There are a very few ingredients which might be a little more difficult to source (frozen edamame pods for example), but definitely nothing that is 'way out there'.

We tried three tester recipes and all of them were well written without any measurement or cooking time errors and produced food which was enthusiastically eaten by my family. Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs (p.130) produced a beautiful main dish in less than half an hour total at a budget friendly total cost. Coconut Curry Sweet Potato Soup (p. 47) was a huge hit and we've made it twice since our first try. We did adjust the original recipe on the other tries to make it a little zippier. The original recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of mild curry powder.. so we added half of a Moroccan curry powder (ras el hanout). The last one we tried was Sweet Potato Hummus (p. 72). our regular basic hummus (sans sweet potato) is quick and easy... but this was an interesting twist with the addition of sweet potato. The texture was a little different and the reception was mixed. It's tasty...but we're big fans of basic hummus; it's going to take some experimentation to see if we'll add the sweet potato on a regular basis.

All in all, -very- well written, beautifully presented food, made from (mostly) unprocessed raw ingredients which are easily sourced and taste good.

Five stars, we'll be revisiting this cookbook often.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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