Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Pressure Cooker Cookbook for Weight Loss: 125 Easy and Healthy Recipes

The Pressure Cooker Cookbook for Weight Loss is a tutorial and resource guide plus recipe collection by Sukaina Bharwani. Due out 4th Aug 2020 from Callisto on their Rockridge Press imprint, it's 230 pages (for the ebook copy) and available in paperback and ebook formats (ebook is available now). It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers, this book is currently included in the KU subscription library to borrow and read for free.

The recipes are arranged by category: Breakfast, Sides & Snacks, Sandwiches & Bowls, Chilis Soups & Sauces, Meatless Mains (lots of good options here), Poultry & Seafood, Beef Lamb & Pork, and Desserts & Drinks. I really appreciated the inclusion of plant based dishes. These are -hearty- mains that even my meat loving family really devoured (without complaining).

Ingredient measurements are supplied in American measurements only. There's a conversion chart for metric measures in the appendices. Special recipe notes such as gluten free, vegetarian, nut free, etc are listed in the header for each recipe. The nutritional information:  calories, fat, fibre, protein, &sodium content are listed for the recipes as well as serving sizes.  Extra tips or recipe alternatives are listed in sidebars with the recipes. The recipes themselves are fairly straightforward and are made with easily sourced ingredients. Many are very simple, none of them are overly complex.

The photography is not abundant; most of the recipes are not illustrated, but the photographs which are included are clear and well done.  I wish there had been more photographs and serving suggestions, but I do understand that extra photography increases the price of book projects very quickly.

This is a huge collection of recipes and even allowing for the fact that some of them are very similar to others in the same category, this will keep electric pressure cooker afficianados going for ages. Many of these can also easily be adapted to non-pressure cooker cooking with the codicil that food handling safety and prep be taken into account.

We're definitely going to try more of these recipes.  Well written book, tasty recipes. I've dinged a star for the near-total lack of photographs. For cooks who -need- photographs for serving ideas, this will be a disappointment.

Four stars.

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

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