Instant Pot and Pressure Cooker Cookbooks {for Holiday Gifts}

by Dorothy Reinhold on December 20, 2018

Print This Post Print This Post A plethora of Instant Pot cookbooks out just in time for gift-giving make a nice present for any home cook. And for those who don't have one, how about an Instant Pot AND a couple of these cookbooks?

A plethora of Instant Pot cookbooks out just in time for gift-giving make a nice present for any home cook. And for those who don’t have one, how about the gift of an Instant Pot AND a couple of these cookbooks?

The Instant Pot swept the field last year for gift-giving, and it is still going strong. If your household has an IP, how about giving one or more of these new cookbooks for gifts? The will have your taste buds ranging all over the globe, from India to Mexico to France. There are books for gluten-free folks, vegan followers, the 5-ingredients crowd…there is something for everyone!

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I’ll tell you a bit about each book so you can figure out which ones are right for you.

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Comfort in an Instant,” by Melissa Clark, a writer for the New York Times Food section, is her second Instant Pot cookbook. Her first, “Dinner in an Instant,” came from her exploration of why legions of passionate home cooks fell hard for the electric pressure cooker. She finds these multipots excel at comforting dishes like turkey meatloaf or cumin-scented Cuban chicken and rice. I have my eye on her Pesto Risotto with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella. Cannot wait!  75 new recipes, 50 of which can be made in less than an hour, start to finish. $22 retail; $15 on Amazon.

The Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook,” by Coco Morante, bills itself as your one-stop source for tried-and-true classics like rich beef stew, crustless quiche Lorraine and chocolatey fudge brownie cake. I couldn’t take my eyes off her Porcupine Meatballs, which look so succulent yet cook in half the time of the original (oven) recipe. $30 retail; $30 on Amazon.

The Gluten-Free Instant Pot Cookbook: Fast to Fix and Nourishing Recipes for All Kinds of Electric Pressure Cookers,” by my food blogging pals Jane Bonacci and Sara De Leeuw, is the answer if you eat gluten-free, either by necessity or choice. Pressure cookers allow you to cook fruits, veggies, fish, meats, beans, rice and alternative grains in no time at all. It includes 50 recipes and a truly useful primer on working with your pressure cooker; Sara is a cooking teacher, and Jane is a cookbook author, so they have cred. First up for me is their Cheesy Poblano Frittata, for breakfast, lunch or a light dinner with a salad. And their Lentil Sloppy Joes? I am ALL IN! $20 retail; $13 paperback on Amazon.

3 more Instant Pot cookbooksWho doesn’t love Mexican food? “Everyday Mexican Instant Pot Cookbook: Regional Classics Made Fast & Simple,” by Leslie Limon, who draws from her experience being raised by her Mexican grandparents, and having lived in Mexico for nearly 2 decades. This is for those who want to explore more than tacos — stews like menudo and pozole, roasted meats like Cochinita Pibil and barbacoa. Rich, one-pot meals called guisados, staples like frijoles charros, and even Cal-Mextwists like Mole Pulled Pork Sliders and Chile Relleno Chowder will keep your taste buds amused. First up for me will be the Arroz Con Pollo. $17 retail; $14 paperback on Amazon.

Now we go from Mexico to France…”Instantly French! Classic French Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker,” by Ann Mah, is the first book dedicated to French cooking using an electric pressure cooker. More than 70 recipes here  include Roquefort Walnut Mini Quiches, French Onion Soup, the classics boeuf bourguignon and cassoulet, and even Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce and creme brulee. Want traditional French flavors in half the time? I do. $25 retail; $17 paperback on Amazon.

I had a chance to taste the food from “Vegan Under Pressure: Perfect Vegan Meals Made Quick and Easy in Your Pressure Cooker,” by Jill Nussinow, and I was sold! Her Cannellini Beans with Gremolata, the Lemongrass Cabbage Coup, and her surprising Moist Chocolate Cake, all made in a stove-top pressure cooker, were divine. This book has become known as the vegan pressure cooking bible, for good reason, and she gives guidance for pressure cooking with a stovetop or electric countertop model (an IP is electric). Jill, who is known as The Veggie Queen, has taught plant-based cooking for 25+ years, is a pressure cooking authority, and this books shows it. $19 retail; $12 paperback on Amazon.

3 Instant Pot cookbooksThe Complete Indian Instant Pot Cookbook: 130 Traditional & Modern Recipes,” showcases the fresh, exciting flavors of Indian food by Chandra Ram, a first-generation daughter of an Indian father and Irish mother. She trained at the Culinary Institute of America and cooked in restaurants before turning to food writing. She found that time-sucking cooking projects like making yogurt, leavening bread dough and braising meats are suddenly do-able on a daily basis in a pressure cooker. Biryani in 30 minutes, turning hard lentils and rice into smooth stews and curries, Coconut Cilantro Chutney, Orange Cardamom Cheesecake…I am ready for all of it! And the photography here is just gorgeous. $25 retail; $16 paperback on Amazon.

The Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook: Authentic Flavors and Modern Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker,” comes to us from Archana Mundhe, who writes the blog Ministry of Curry, which is focused on making cooking international cuisine approachable for everyone. Her Chicken Cilantro Soup, her Paneer in Spinach Sauce (a dish I will also order when dining in an Indian restaurant), and her Mixed Vegetables in Tomato and Cashew Sauce are so gorgeous and appealing on the page that they are on my menu for next week. I could seriously work my way through the 75 recipes in this pretty book, with no boredom in sight. Lemon Pickle, anyone? $20 retail; $12 on Amazon.

Some of my most memorable meals were thrown together with just a very few ingredients, so I am already on board for “5-Ingredient Instant Pot Cookbook: 150 Easy, Quick & Delicious Recipes,” by Marilyn Haugen. Beer Cheese Soup? Why yes, don’t mind if I do! Make-and-Take Quinoa, Lentil and Cucumber Salad sounds perfect for a work lunch, and Tender Chipotle Chicken sounds good not only for dinner, but for leftovers the next day. Marilyn wrote a previous Instant Pot bestselling cookbook, so she knows her stuff. $20 retail; $17 paperback on Amazon.

I have the Instant Pot 6-Quart Duo, which is a great all-around size, very practical and a good price at under $100. Suit yourself as to what size you get.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Ellen @ Cookware Diary January 8, 2019 at 9:37 pm

Thanks for sharing the awesome collection. Will collect some books from this list. 🙂


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert December 21, 2018 at 10:41 pm

Love these! Can’t wait to try them!


Demeter December 21, 2018 at 6:26 am

I want the Vegan Under Pressure one! Definitley need to check that one out!


Dorothy Reinhold December 21, 2018 at 9:31 pm

It is a great book. Filled with practical tips, hints and knowledge about the IP and stovetop pressure cookers.


Sabrina December 21, 2018 at 6:25 am

Everyone always raves about the IP so a cookbook to help inspire new dishes at dinnertime would be a fantastic gift!


Abeer December 21, 2018 at 4:31 am

An Instant Pot cookbook is an amazing gift especially that I know a few persons that have an Instant Pot! Love it!


Chrissie Baker December 20, 2018 at 11:45 pm

Wow and Wow! These are such great gifts. Holidays are approaching and this post is perfect for this. Thanks for sharing I like these ideas.


Dee December 20, 2018 at 10:20 pm

What a great selection! I’m definitely eyeing some of these for those friends who still aren’t sold on Instant Pots!


Melanie Bauer December 20, 2018 at 4:43 pm

These are amazing gifts specially over the holiday season! Absolutely a must have, so excited for these!


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