Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Meal Prep in an Instant: 50 Make-Ahead Recipes and 7 Prep Plans for Your Instant Pot


Meal Prep in an Instant is a nicely curated collection of recipes and tutorials dedicated to the instant pot and developed by Becca Ludlum. Due out 15th Dec 2020 from Penguin Random House on their DK imprint, it's 160 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats. 

I love my Instant Pot beyond all reason. It's a staple of my kitchen and it gets used almost every day for food prep. I'm also a busy person with a job that eats up a significant amount of my time. This book cobines some of the strengths of the instant pot cooker with the efficiency of meal prep and planning. 

I liked the efficient and accessible layout of this book. A general introduction covers what meal planning and prep entail, some food handling & safety tips, and a solid tutorial for cooking with the Instant Pot. 

The recipes have their ingredients listed bullet style in a sidebar. Measurements are given in US standard with metric measures in parentheses. Special tools and ingredients are also listed, along with yields and cooking directions. The ingredients are all easily sourced at any moderately well stocked grocery store.

The 7 meal plans are arranged weekly. Each week contains shopping lists and pantry supplies, recipes and full instructions. Recipes contain an introduction and special features, prep times and yields. Ingredients are listed bullet style in a sidebar with American and metric measures (yay!). Step by step instructions for preparation and storage as well as basic nutritional info are included. There book does include an abbreviated index with meal plan weeks and recipes listed. 

The photography is sufficient but not plentiful; roughly 10% of the recipes are pictured. The photos which are included in the cookbook are well done, clear, appealing, and (for tutorial photos) easy to follow.

Nicely done. This book would make a great gift/housewarming for someone looking for instant pot recipes as well as fans of food prep planning / batch cooking. It would also make a nice selection for library collections.

Five stars.

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

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