The Instant Pot has become the go-to kitchen tool for people with busy lifestyles. After extensive testing, the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen partnered with Instant Pot to create the Good Housekeeping Instant Pot Cookbook with 60 foolproof recipes.
One of the best things about reviewing a Good Housekeeping Cookbook is that they always make sure you’re prepared. The beginning of this book gives you the Instant Pot Guide. Including Instant Pot Preparation, Pressure Cooking In The Instant Pot, and Instant Pot Safety Tips, this is an invaluable resource. They even include a Cooking Program Options Chart which gives you the information about which program to choose, what mode, cooking options, and notes.
The first chapter is Basic Recipes. Here you find Stock, Broth, Sauce, and Eggs. Each of the recipes includes a brief introduction, Active Time, Total Time, and Quantity. Nutritional Information, Calories, Protein, Carbohydrates, Fats, Fiber, and Sodium are also included. As always with Good Housekeeping recipes they are very straightforward and very specific.
About half of the recipes include a full-page picture, many also included a tip. For instance, I was not aware that if you leave the peel on the onion when you’re cooking a chicken broth it will make it a more golden color. And since you are going to be straining the broth at the end it doesn’t matter if you leave it on or not, so why bother with the extra step?
The second chapter of recipes is Beans And Grains. It’s here you’ll find various Bean Recipes, Lentils, Risotto, Rice, even a Basic Bulgar, and Oatmeal. The rice recipe describes how to make a Basic Rice, then includes several flavor variations which you can add.
Chapter 3 covers Soups, Stews, And Chilies. There’s a lot of variety here, even a nice Kielbasa Stew and a Beer Braised Beef Stew. While most recipes in this section take several hours, most have an active time of under 30 minutes.
Chicken is covered in chapter 4. Including a Moroccan Chicken Tagine, Chicken Cacciatore, and Thai Chicken, there is something here for everyone. The Chicken With Walnut Herb Sauce will ensure you never want to eat a store-bought rotisserie chicken again.
Beef, Lamb, And Pork are covered in chapter 5. From a Quick Weekend Tuscan Ragu to Ribs, Wraps, and even Brisket, everything is covered. Most of the recipes do take more than an hour, sometimes up to 10 hours, to cook but the active cooking time in most is less than half an hour.
An excellent index is included along with metric conversion charts for measurements. I especially like how they triple test each of the recipes in order to make sure that they can all be created as printed.
Attention To Detail Is Excellent
Even though there are only 60 recipes, the variety of is excellent in this book. The attention to detail is excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to many others from Good Housekeeping.
For the included recipe I’ve chosen Quicker Coq Au Vin Blanc because it makes a classic dish in less than 35 minutes with only 10 minutes of active cooking time.
This cookbook was reviewed in response to a complimentary hard copy of the book provided by the publisher in hopes of an honest review.