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Everything you need to know to get started with your Instant Pot, with simple recipes and photographs for every single step, from the popular Pressure Luck recipe site. Instant Pots are the hottest kitchen appliances on the market, with more than six million sold. But many cooks remain bewildered by them. Enter Jeffrey Eisner, whose popular website Pressure Luck demystifies Everything you need to know to get started with your Instant Pot, with simple recipes and photographs for every single step, from the popular Pressure Luck recipe site. Instant Pots are the hottest kitchen appliances on the market, with more than six million sold. But many cooks remain bewildered by them. Enter Jeffrey Eisner, whose popular website Pressure Luck demystifies the magic of the Instant Pot for users of all abilities. In his highly explanatory recipe videos, he's shown millions of home cooks how to cook confidently in their Instant Pots. In this book, he takes the patient, step-by-step visual tutelage that's made his blog a phenomenon and apply it to the basics of pressure cooking. In recipes ranging from the simplest (a hard-boiled egg) to the most ambitious (a delicious, long-cooked pot roast), he'll show novice cooks how to make the most of their new appliance through simple instructions and photography for every single stage of cooking, from turning the pot on to unlocking it and digging in.


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Everything you need to know to get started with your Instant Pot, with simple recipes and photographs for every single step, from the popular Pressure Luck recipe site. Instant Pots are the hottest kitchen appliances on the market, with more than six million sold. But many cooks remain bewildered by them. Enter Jeffrey Eisner, whose popular website Pressure Luck demystifies Everything you need to know to get started with your Instant Pot, with simple recipes and photographs for every single step, from the popular Pressure Luck recipe site. Instant Pots are the hottest kitchen appliances on the market, with more than six million sold. But many cooks remain bewildered by them. Enter Jeffrey Eisner, whose popular website Pressure Luck demystifies the magic of the Instant Pot for users of all abilities. In his highly explanatory recipe videos, he's shown millions of home cooks how to cook confidently in their Instant Pots. In this book, he takes the patient, step-by-step visual tutelage that's made his blog a phenomenon and apply it to the basics of pressure cooking. In recipes ranging from the simplest (a hard-boiled egg) to the most ambitious (a delicious, long-cooked pot roast), he'll show novice cooks how to make the most of their new appliance through simple instructions and photography for every single stage of cooking, from turning the pot on to unlocking it and digging in.

30 review for The Step-by-Step Instant Pot Cookbook: 100 Simple Recipes for Spectacular Results--with Photographs of Every Step

  1. 5 out of 5

    Heather Baez

    I've never put a cookbook on my goodreads profile before, but I actually did read this one cover-to-cover. I've had an Instant Pot for nearly two years but it felt intimidating so I left it in the cupboard. I've decided to give myself "mini challenges" each month in 2021, and for February, it's figuring out how to use the Instant Pot, and then use it once a week. Enter this book ... First of all, if you're like me and have an Instant Pot but are scared of it, get this book! I read the whole intr I've never put a cookbook on my goodreads profile before, but I actually did read this one cover-to-cover. I've had an Instant Pot for nearly two years but it felt intimidating so I left it in the cupboard. I've decided to give myself "mini challenges" each month in 2021, and for February, it's figuring out how to use the Instant Pot, and then use it once a week. Enter this book ... First of all, if you're like me and have an Instant Pot but are scared of it, get this book! I read the whole introduction on how to use it, the different buttons, how to depressurize, everything. And this book really does cover it all - with lots of photos. It also shows different models of Instant Pots so you can recognize those buttons (which apparently vary slightly) on your model. The recipes not only include step-by-step instructions, but there are multiple photos of each recipe in the various stages, as well. The recipes also include helpful hints like, "It's going to feel like theres a lot of spinach in there and it will come up to the brim of the pot, but don't worry-it cooks down to nothing!" After reading this book, I decided I was ready. I started with the "Best Ever Pot Roast" as the author said it was his most popular recipe. Early in the cooking process I unfortunately discovered a fatal flaw. MINE, not the book's. I had an Instant Pot MINI! The mini will not fit a 3 pound roast. However, I did manage to get the recipe to work with a smaller piece of meat and no carrots. LOL. There are tons of good, basic recipes in here. From hard boiled eggs and rice (so easy!), to soups, pastas, chicken, meat, even desserts. I have a few highlighted to try later this month. The author says himself that he's not a trained chef, just someone who fell in love with the ease of using his Instant Pot. So, the recipes aren't gourmet by any stretch, but they're good, basic recipes. I also have The Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook: 200 Deliciously Simple Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker and it has a lot more recipes, many that look delicious, and impressive. But it doesn't have the introduction that The Step-by-Step book has, and not nearly as many photos. If you're a beginner, get this one. If you're more seasoned, get the other too. They're both really good, but this one helped me overcome my intimidation of pressure cooking. The recipes are not going to blow you away, but they're basic, weeknight cooking type meals. Lastly, my pro tip - do not buy an Instant Pot Mini at all unless you're obsessed with Instant Pot cooking and want to use it for side dishes, traveling (it's apparently portable, but it's still really big!) or cooking for two. This cookbook doesn't really have recipes for two, but that's fine by me. I'm going to ditch my mini anyway!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ina Sassoon-Cohen

    Thank you Jeff for letting my husband eat a home cooked meal other than a TV dinner! Because it deserves it! Step by step directions with humor whoever heard of that? But Jeff knows how to do it! I'm not a cook but not I've made some awesome dinners! All because of Mr. Eisner!!! Thank you Jeff ! I can now cook and my husband can enjoy a real meal!! Thank you Jeff for letting my husband eat a home cooked meal other than a TV dinner! Because it deserves it! Step by step directions with humor whoever heard of that? But Jeff knows how to do it! I'm not a cook but not I've made some awesome dinners! All because of Mr. Eisner!!! Thank you Jeff ! I can now cook and my husband can enjoy a real meal!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    The good and the bad This is a great cookbook in regards to telling you what to do and when. For this novice instant pot user this helped me get over my fear of this device and become familiar with it at the same time. That was great and I feel more confident now to explore this cooking style. The bad... the two recipes I tried- beef short ribs (Asian style) and chicken and broccoli (also Asian style) were good, but not great. The flavors weren’t as intense as I expected and the liquid was by far The good and the bad This is a great cookbook in regards to telling you what to do and when. For this novice instant pot user this helped me get over my fear of this device and become familiar with it at the same time. That was great and I feel more confident now to explore this cooking style. The bad... the two recipes I tried- beef short ribs (Asian style) and chicken and broccoli (also Asian style) were good, but not great. The flavors weren’t as intense as I expected and the liquid was by far way too much even with the cornstarch slurries (both recipes had them). I feel like it decreased the flavor. I have always been a big slow cooker fan and I was curious as to how the instant pot would be as far as taste and ease... so far, I can say that the slow cooker is still my favorite as far as ease, hands down. The instant pot is great as far as time constraints- I made a chicken noodle soup (recipe from a friend) in less than an hour that was fantastic! I have a feeling I will come back to this recipe book once I get more confident in my instant pot skills because I believe, once tweaked a bit, there are some recipe keepers here. Overall, I’m happy with the instruction and still have much to explore with this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Altivo Overo

    Amazing and imaginative I finally broke down and bought an Instant Pot. While I knew that this tool combines a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, and a sauté pan in one, I simply had no idea how versatile it can be. I just wanted to retire 3 slow cookers, an ancient pressure cooker, and the rice cooker to make some room in the kitchen. Jeff Eisner shows how to make dozens of exotic and old favorite dishes, from appetizers to desserts, using this invention. Every step is carefully described and illus Amazing and imaginative I finally broke down and bought an Instant Pot. While I knew that this tool combines a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, and a sauté pan in one, I simply had no idea how versatile it can be. I just wanted to retire 3 slow cookers, an ancient pressure cooker, and the rice cooker to make some room in the kitchen. Jeff Eisner shows how to make dozens of exotic and old favorite dishes, from appetizers to desserts, using this invention. Every step is carefully described and illustrated in color photos. I expect to add some new meals to our repertoire of favorites and also to adapt some of the old ones.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    Best instant pot book by far. Great recipes and understanding my IP Cooking pot.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lafourche Parish Library

    My favorite Dewey Decimal number is 641. That number means food. Since my favorite thing to do besides reading is eating, I spend a lot of time in this section at the library. Santa Claus gave me an Instant Pot a few years ago and I’ve mastered the techniques, but I’m always looking for new recipes to try. Our fabulous Technical Services librarians are continuously adding the newest cookbooks available to the collection, so I am frequently finding new recipes to test in my kitchen. I stumbled upo My favorite Dewey Decimal number is 641. That number means food. Since my favorite thing to do besides reading is eating, I spend a lot of time in this section at the library. Santa Claus gave me an Instant Pot a few years ago and I’ve mastered the techniques, but I’m always looking for new recipes to try. Our fabulous Technical Services librarians are continuously adding the newest cookbooks available to the collection, so I am frequently finding new recipes to test in my kitchen. I stumbled upon Jeffrey Eisner’s recipes and loved them. He is a regular guy who started testing out various recipes in the Instant Pot and found a following when he posted these on his website and blog. He has appeared on Good Morning America and Rachael Ray’s shows. He recently published his first cookbook. I immediately put in an order at my local library branch. (You don’t have to work at the library to request books be ordered, just tell a library staff member what you would like and they will try to purchase it.) The Step-by-Step Instant Pot Cookbook has 100 simple recipes with pictures! I really appreciate when cookbooks have photographs. It give me something to strive toward when I create the food. He even puts step-by-step pictures with directions. Eisner’s recipes are filled with easy to find ingredients and simple steps. The recipes in this cookbook range from soups to desserts. Each section has a variety of cuisines represented like Hungarian Goulash or Jambalaya. With this cookbook, you can create yummy meals in no time. So far, I’ve made Apple Crumble Cobbler and Barbecue Ribs and have my eye on a few other recipes to try. The Step-by-Step Instant Pot Cookbook is available at your library. Happy Reading and Eating! Availability: Book Rating: ***** Stars (I loved it) Reviewer: Dione, Reference/Branch Librarian

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rookie

    Ooooh - plenty to try here! Greek Avgolemono Instant pot lemon asparagus risotto Or maybe, butternut squash risotto Instant Pot chicken enchiladas (which still take 15 minutes to coo) - note to self: I shall still have to try this as a blend with my fiery hot chicken enchiladas recipe from 1994. That came from a South African magazine article based on the favourite foods of US presidents (Bill Clinton) Or perhaps I will learn how to cook and make the instant pot chicken tacos. This is almost Prairie Ooooh - plenty to try here! Greek Avgolemono Instant pot lemon asparagus risotto Or maybe, butternut squash risotto Instant Pot chicken enchiladas (which still take 15 minutes to coo) - note to self: I shall still have to try this as a blend with my fiery hot chicken enchiladas recipe from 1994. That came from a South African magazine article based on the favourite foods of US presidents (Bill Clinton) Or perhaps I will learn how to cook and make the instant pot chicken tacos. This is almost Prairie kitchen good The meatloaf and mashed potatoes remind me of what my sister used to make way back when The Instant Pot lobster rolls look awesome and The illustrations almost make me feel like I might be able to do this myself. But hey there’s a lovely lobster roll place that does these on brioche buns in Theatreland in Covent Garden (I do wonder how Theatreland is coping during the coronal crisis) And in case I should run out of ideas there is also an instant parts miso glazed salmon recipe, and oooh creme brûlée’s All easy peasy and illustrated

  8. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    Love the Hot and Sour Soup Jeffrey Eisner belongs to one of the Facebook groups I follow. In fact, his Hot and Sour Soup recipe is so good, I bought this cookbook. His recipes are detailed, come with pictures, and I have marked quite a few to try. I'm lactose intolerant so there are a number I can't try, but they look and sound delicious. I was one of those that received an Instant Pot as a gift and didn't know what to do with it. At about the same time, my favorite Chinese takeout place changed Love the Hot and Sour Soup Jeffrey Eisner belongs to one of the Facebook groups I follow. In fact, his Hot and Sour Soup recipe is so good, I bought this cookbook. His recipes are detailed, come with pictures, and I have marked quite a few to try. I'm lactose intolerant so there are a number I can't try, but they look and sound delicious. I was one of those that received an Instant Pot as a gift and didn't know what to do with it. At about the same time, my favorite Chinese takeout place changed their Hot and Sour soup recipe from a nice broth to one that has an over abundance of tofu, which I don't like. Went searching for a recipe that is easy to make and that could be frozen in serving portions. There are comments and notes on how to make some of these recipes vegan, vegetarian, Keto friendly, etc. There are pictures for those of us that just stare and wonder what to do with this one kitchen appliance. There is plenty of variety. I am more than happy with this purchase, and I highly recommend.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Such a fun cookbook! It's enjoyable for reading and meal planning, moreso than the average cookbook. This is a great way to get to know your way around an instant pot. It's as if the author is your witty friend, in your kitchen talking, and guiding you. The pictures and tips are phenomenal. It only lost a star for me because I can't say I've loooooooved all of the actual food. Some were good, some were great, none were bad. Perhaps after trying a few more recipes I'll be able to knock it up to f Such a fun cookbook! It's enjoyable for reading and meal planning, moreso than the average cookbook. This is a great way to get to know your way around an instant pot. It's as if the author is your witty friend, in your kitchen talking, and guiding you. The pictures and tips are phenomenal. It only lost a star for me because I can't say I've loooooooved all of the actual food. Some were good, some were great, none were bad. Perhaps after trying a few more recipes I'll be able to knock it up to five stars. It does seem like I have a newer instant pot with more/different setting than the ones the book refers to but it was all still fairly intuitive. This book really helped me dive right in and become comfortable with using my instant pot. It's been my sole method of cooking for the three weeks and I'm unsure I want to ever use anything else. I'm a convert and this book is largely responsible.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jo C

    I bought my Instant Pot and it sat in the box for a couple of weeks while I eyed it warily and tried to ignore the visions in my head of the lid blowing off and becoming part of a ceiling fixture. To overcome this fear, I needed step by step, absolutely idiot proof directions. Then I found them in this cookbook. While I still have a twinge of nerves when I pull my Instant Pot out of the cabinet, I am happy to report that to date there have been no explosions. Instead, there has been an amazing ro I bought my Instant Pot and it sat in the box for a couple of weeks while I eyed it warily and tried to ignore the visions in my head of the lid blowing off and becoming part of a ceiling fixture. To overcome this fear, I needed step by step, absolutely idiot proof directions. Then I found them in this cookbook. While I still have a twinge of nerves when I pull my Instant Pot out of the cabinet, I am happy to report that to date there have been no explosions. Instead, there has been an amazing roast (with red wine!), super cheesy enchiladas, and the easiest salsa chicken I have ever made. After a few more recipes, I may have the confidence to try the creme brûlée. Does Mr. Eisner have directions for using one of those torches?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Zachary Love

    I bought this before getting an actual Instant Pot for two reasons. One, by committing to a purchase over finding recipes online, it was my first step to most likely getting one. Secondly, because finding a good recipe in a book just feels better than sharing a link. I'm not even that old (27 years old) but I feel a sense of pride owning a cookbook. A lot of the recipes in this book sounded phenomenal! Even seafood recipes, which I tend to eat sparingly with my gout, I plan to make! The Shrimp Bo I bought this before getting an actual Instant Pot for two reasons. One, by committing to a purchase over finding recipes online, it was my first step to most likely getting one. Secondly, because finding a good recipe in a book just feels better than sharing a link. I'm not even that old (27 years old) but I feel a sense of pride owning a cookbook. A lot of the recipes in this book sounded phenomenal! Even seafood recipes, which I tend to eat sparingly with my gout, I plan to make! The Shrimp Boil is at the top of THAT list! Lastly, I want to say that I really enjoyed the writing style of each dish descriptor. The author personalized how he came to making the dish in question and had a fun coulple sentences you could optionally enjoy before reading the recipe.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    definitely a few recipes in here i want to make that i don't have yet, like the chicken shawarma. where there is overlap with recipes i do have i feel confident i can combine them into what i want. this book calls for a lot more pre-made or store-bought pre-made ingredients than the first IP cookbook i bought, and i took a star off for that combined with fewer ingredient substitutions in case of allergies or dietary restrictions or if you just don't have access where you live to an ingredient me definitely a few recipes in here i want to make that i don't have yet, like the chicken shawarma. where there is overlap with recipes i do have i feel confident i can combine them into what i want. this book calls for a lot more pre-made or store-bought pre-made ingredients than the first IP cookbook i bought, and i took a star off for that combined with fewer ingredient substitutions in case of allergies or dietary restrictions or if you just don't have access where you live to an ingredient mentioned. still, it will definitely be put to good use and has far more international and ethnic recipes than many other IP books, even though i know i would make adjustments to many, as well as more recipes that include rice and pasta where the rice isn't always risotto or brown.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rochelle

    I think this is an amazing book and eye-candy for all foodies and aspiring home instant pot chefs. The step by step photo instructions make things super simple and will excite even the most timid first time instant pot user. While there are several recipes to gradually introduce instant pot newbies to the appliance, advanced users will also find dozens and dozens of recipes they can try out. So really this book is for newbies and advanced users alike. The only reason I gave the book four stars ins I think this is an amazing book and eye-candy for all foodies and aspiring home instant pot chefs. The step by step photo instructions make things super simple and will excite even the most timid first time instant pot user. While there are several recipes to gradually introduce instant pot newbies to the appliance, advanced users will also find dozens and dozens of recipes they can try out. So really this book is for newbies and advanced users alike. The only reason I gave the book four stars instead of five was because I’m a huge fan of make ahead or prep ahead dishes and this recipe book is not meant for that. However it is still a fantastic book and one which I will use.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tj Dellinger

    excellent instant pot starter manual! I was riding my instant pot around in my truck after Black Friday purchase, scared to test drive it. The manuals that came with it were only marginally useful. After this book, which took me step by step through, literally, all the beeps and buttons, I learned. I actually bought this book for my kindle, then bought a hard copy to scribble notes in. The soup recipes in here are awesome. An excellent book for someone just starting out or for a senior learning a excellent instant pot starter manual! I was riding my instant pot around in my truck after Black Friday purchase, scared to test drive it. The manuals that came with it were only marginally useful. After this book, which took me step by step through, literally, all the beeps and buttons, I learned. I actually bought this book for my kindle, then bought a hard copy to scribble notes in. The soup recipes in here are awesome. An excellent book for someone just starting out or for a senior learning a new appliance.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marcie S

    This book is perfect for me. I just bought an Instant Pot and it seemed impossible to me until I found this cookbook. The beginning tells you everything you need to know about operating it and then gets in to all of the recipes. It’s great because each recipe has a picture with instructions for each step. I just made the rigatoni bolognese tonight and it was delicious. I can’t wait to try more of the recipes.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Annemi Morkel

    Expected more and easy recipes Far too elaborate recipes with far too many ingredients, you may cook faster, but too many stepa. I vook better meals faster with the same or bettet tastenin my old pressyre cooket. Will,try my,own recipes using IP as normsl pressure cooker. Totally disappointng recipe book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joey

    I like it, but I was a little disappointed too. What is there is very good, and I love his Youtube channel, but these recipes become repetitive. I will use this book too look for recipes, but it's not going to be a go to all the time one. I like it, but I was a little disappointed too. What is there is very good, and I love his Youtube channel, but these recipes become repetitive. I will use this book too look for recipes, but it's not going to be a go to all the time one.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Lykins

    Love this Cookbook The recipes are simple, well written and delicious. Clear step by step instructions with photos through out the process and of finished product. Great for beginner or seasoned cook alike.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jill R McMichael

    I love the step by step, every little thing has made this ip newbie gain confidence! I also love the pictures although my dishes more often than not look nothing like the book. Anyone new to the Instant Pot world needs this cookbook!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Best IP cookbook EVER! I'm so please to now have Jeffery's book in a Kindle version now when I visit my kids I'll have my favorite recipes at my finger tips! Love Love Love this cookbook! Best IP cookbook EVER! I'm so please to now have Jeffery's book in a Kindle version now when I visit my kids I'll have my favorite recipes at my finger tips! Love Love Love this cookbook!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Adelina ventura

    Great recipes I just bought a instant pot. Unfortunately the instructions are very limited. Im so glad i found this, now i can use my pot with confidence, already tried a few recipes and they full of flavour just the way i like it

  22. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    I am in love with Jeffrey. I am an avid follower of Pressure Luck and his humor and enthusiasm makes cooking with him so much fun.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    Pure comfort food !!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Best cookbook for Intent Pot. Great recipes! Best recipe book for Instant Pot hands down! The recipes are great, step by step instructions including photos. Just brilliant!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Full review on my blog

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joan Butler

    New Instant Potter I wanted to try so many recipes with the adaptable functions of my new I . P. I ‘m off on a new adventure in the kitchen !

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Excellent book. Everything I have made was delicious! I was nervous about using the instant pot, but this book made it so easy!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pinky

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Great recipes to try for the instant pot and pics to easily follow the recipes. Can't wait to try the pho and refried bean recipes out in the instant pot. Great recipes to try for the instant pot and pics to easily follow the recipes. Can't wait to try the pho and refried bean recipes out in the instant pot.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Belinda

    Got it from my library but may need to buy this one. Really wonderful!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brianna Sowinski

    Same old instant pot recipes with just more information on how to make them. If you are comfortable using your pot their is nothing new here.

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