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Pressure Cooker Cookbooks - another view 
Aug. 31, 2011 7:53 pm 
Updated: Sep. 3, 2011 4:24 pm
I was convinced that I didn't like pressure cooker (PC) cookbooks until today when I dropped in Williams-Sonoma on East 59th Street in New York City. There I met two professional cooks, one womanning the demo table, and another who was also behind the demo counter.

I asked the woman giving the demo if she ever demo'd pressure cookers. She responded that most of the foods used in her demos were started in a pressure cooker and that she was quite knowledgeable. I immediately asked her why she thought my first attempt at cooking brown rice with chopped yellow pepper and 1/3 large white onion in the PC resulted in soft brown rice. She thought that the inclusion of the veggies, especially the onion, was what transformed the rice (in such a delicious way).

Hummm. The next rice I try in my PC will be without veggies, just to learn what the difference might be.

Luckily, the man in the vicinity, Jonathan Taube, is a certified personal chef and a Williams-Sonoma instructor with a lot of PC experience. He very generously discussed PC issues with me for a good 15 minutes.

Among the many things we discussed was my somewhat negative impression of PC cookbooks. He countered that the best cookbook author on the subject was Lorna Sass, author of Pressure Perfect and Cooking Under Pressure, then went on to explain why in detail.

Well, he convinced me and because of our conversation, I've ordered those cookbooks. But, imagine my surprise when, after looking up her name, I discovered that she also authored several vegetarian cookbooks of the type that I regard as being particularly valuable. (See my blog entitled Pressure Cooker Cookbooks Versus Vegetarian Cookbooks.)

Note: I'm a somewhat fallen vegetarian as I do eat a small quantity of meat two to three times a week. This makes my husband very, very happy. In my opinion, his happy dinner attitude is about as heart-healthy as it gets!

Anyway, if you are near a big city with a Williams-Sonoma, check their store events. If you don't see any on pressure cooking, make a request!
Jonathan Taube also gives private lessons. If any of you live near New York City (I live just across the river in Weehawken, NJ) and would like to participate in private lessons, let me know. Maybe we can get a big enough group together to make the event affordable!

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(¸.·´ (¸.·´♥ Learn more about Jonathan C. Taube. Perhaps drop him a line.

Williams-Sonoma Events: Learn what Williams-Sonoma has to offer and perhaps suggest that they host pressure cooker classes.

Cookbook Author Lorna Sass: Here's her page on Amazon and on Barnes&Noble.

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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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