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Pressure Cooker Cookbooks Versus Vegetarian Cookbooks 
Aug. 29, 2011 6:22 pm 
Updated: Sep. 3, 2011 4:24 pm
I am more impressed with simple pressure cooker (PC) timing charts than I am with PC cookbooks. What's required for any PC-cooked dish is knowing how much liquid and time is needed for a hunk (or hunks) of solid food. After you know the basics, you are free to make almost anything that requires liquid and solid food combinations.

Note that I am a 50% vegetarian (recently converted from a 100% vegetarian), which means that I eat vegetarian dishes every day. Every other day, I include meat (including eggs). Dairy is minimized. My personal need, then, is to figure out how to use a PC to quickly create vegetable/grain-based dishes that may or may not include meat.

I've found that the most appropriate PC cookbooks for my needs (and perhaps yours) are classified as "vegetarian" because they contain recipes that combine grains, veggies, and sauces. If you have the urge to add meat (including fish or fowl) to any vegetable-based recipes, so be it.

If you can, visit your local bookstore to consider cookbooks, rather than just read online descriptions. In my case, several nearby Barnes & Nobel stores get my business. While any bookstore is a good bookstore, B&N has its own publishing house that produces fabulous books sold at rock bottom prices. No matter who publishes these books, however, the B&N's in New Jersey and in New York offer many full color, highly illustrated, veggie cookbooks at truly amazing prices (mine all cost under $10). Should you visit the area, I urge you to drop in and explore for yourself!

Anyway, no matter what the recipe, the trick is to combine information found on PC timing charts with whatever needs to be cooked. Determine what basic ingredients need a long cooking period, then cook them in the PC. Finish the dish off the "normal" way, whether normal is stovetop or oven. That said, a dish that might require one hour in the oven, might be reduced to just 10 minutes if most of the ingredients are cooked in a PC.

I've observed that many multi-ingredient PC recipes are too fussy and their timing seems to me to be too long. Another problem is that PC cookbook authors often recommend doing everything in the PC, from browning to cooking all ingredients in the same pot, added each sequentially to keep smaller ingredients from being overcooked. This is a timewaster. The only advantage to doing this is if you only own one pot and that pot is a PC.  

Most PCs come with timing charts. Interesting ones on the web include:
What size PC should you use - information you need in order to match the volume of what you are cooking to a recipe.
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About Me
My name is Karen Little. I'm a travel writer (see and adult kick scooter evangelist ( My current love is going sightseeing around the USA on my trusty kick scooter and encouraging others to do the same!
My favorite things to cook
I became a vegan (vegetarian) in January 2011, then switched to being a modified vegetarian in August. While I still primarily eat vegetarian meals, I now eat meat a few times a week. That said, I enjoy vegetable and grain-based meals very much. They are great on the tummy as well as the budget.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom's favorite dishes included hotdogs, baloney, and undercooked chicken. My mother-in-law's favorite dish was pot roast. As I grew older, my favorite foods were all served in fast-food restaurants. I now live somewhat near "Carlos Bakery" (owned by "The Cake Boss") in Hoboken, NJ. I would regularly buy Bear Claws there, but can't because of all the tourists vying to get in front of me. TIP: If you can actually get in Carlos Bakery, make sure you leave with a box full of fresh Bear Claws.
My cooking triumphs
I am currently excited about using a pressure cooker.
My cooking tragedies
Happily, I don't have any tragedies, but you never know what Anthony Bourdain would say about my culinary skills. Then again, considering the types of things he eats from street vendors, maybe he'd be really pleased.
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