Sunday, August 29, 2021

The Utimate Air Fryer Oven Cookbook: Easy Recipes That Satisfy

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The Utimate Air Fryer Oven Cookbook is a machine tutorial guide with recipes developed and written by Coco Morante. Due out 12th Oct 2021 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on their Mariner imprint, it's 304 pages and will be available in paperback format. 

I'm a real fan of new kitchen gadgets and machines, but many of them get bought and never used, at least in my family. Of the "new" kitchen machines in the last decade, the two that get used almost daily in my kitchen are my Instant Pot pressure cooker followed closely by my air fryer oven. I had some trouble in the beginning finding appropriate tested recipes which suited my air fryer oven. This compendium not only collects together a plethora of tasty and family-friendly home cooked recipes, but it also contains a primer for utilizing the Instant Pot air fryer oven that is better and much more comprehensive than the scanty instructions in the manual which came with my machine. 

As stated, the intro/primer on use is comprehensive and very well written. The recipes themselves are grouped into chapters thematically: breakfast & brunch, snacks & appetizers, vegetarian, beef & pork, chicken & turkey, fish & seafood, vegetable sides, desserts, and pantry staples/partial ingredients. Recipes contain a title, yields, and description, ingredients in a bullet list sidebar, followed by step-by-step directions. Ingredients are given with American standard measures only. Tips and alternative presentations are given in a text box in the recipe. Special labels such as gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian are highlighted in a header in the recipe. Nutritional information is given and includes calories, fat, carbs, fiber, and protein. Ingredients will be easy to find at any moderately well stocked grocery store. 

Roughly 1/4 of the recipes include a color photograph. I am a very visual cook and would have benefited from more comprehensive photos, but I know that photos and layout increase the cost of book projects very quickly. The photos which were included were attractively and professionally styled and serving suggestions were appealing. 

The author has included a general chart with cooking times and temps (including temps in Celsius and Fahrenheit) for a number of different items, from asparagus to whitefish as well as an index. 

Four stars. There's a lot to like here. 

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

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