Terrible formatting in the ebook. Same recipes you can find in every other pressure cooker cookbook. No pictures. I guess I'm going to have to stop coTerrible formatting in the ebook. Same recipes you can find in every other pressure cooker cookbook. No pictures. I guess I'm going to have to stop complaining about the cold water method for stovetop PCs...(nearly) every cookbook recommends it for the "old school" jiggle top PCs....more
Loses one star for no pictures and other for recommending the cold water method. What is the deal with this recommendation? Can people really not waitLoses one star for no pictures and other for recommending the cold water method. What is the deal with this recommendation? Can people really not wait? Are the recipes not adapted for the additional cooking time?
There is zero discussion of electric vs cooktop pressure cookers. I see no reason why every cookbook needs this discussion; but if there is a discussion...there better be some serious effort to include adaptations. So, no stars lost there.
I will be trying three or four of the recipes. They look interesting enough! I will try to remember to report back....more
First, the book had me wondering when the author had a chance to spy on me. I may no longer travel everywhere with a paperback...but I have my phone wFirst, the book had me wondering when the author had a chance to spy on me. I may no longer travel everywhere with a paperback...but I have my phone with book apps: Nook, Kindle, Blue Fire...plus all the library book apps. If you bore me, I will read. And I have been yelled at on occasion for this behavior.
Second, we all come to books differently. Some never come to books. Both of these statements are perfectly acceptable in my mind. Is never finding joy in reading sad to me? Yes. Do I wish everyone loved reading like I do? Yes. I'm realistic and pragmatic, though. Some people don't like to read. It's a chore. If I were forced to play an instrument every day of my life, there's a good chance I might commit violence...probably on the instrument.
I find it interesting that Bivald places a book nerd in a dying, bookless (or nearly so) town. I grew up in a city that had one bookstore: Waldens. I remember there was an attempt to open an independent bookstore; but it couldn't break even. Despite a university and a community college and two school districts, my home town couldn't sustain an independent bookstore. After college, I promised myself I would never settle in a town or city that didn't have a bookstore. While Broken Wheel is nothing like my hometown, I felt a pang of hurt for the residents. For something they don't even know they are missing.
I'm not a fan of the romance between Sara and Tom even though it's critical to the plot. I understand that this book is about finding where you belong as much as it is about how books can change people. Still, I wish there had been a better method? Plot device? Something that didn't require a romance.
Ok. Last thing, I think.
I'm dazzled by the book list. How in the world Bivald managed to cram that many titles into this book is amazing to me. Mostly, I'm dazzled because almost every title mentioned has a purpose or drive the plot in some way. That's some serious reading talent. While I'm not going to read every book she mentions, I'll probably read Rowing without Oars, 84, Charing Cross Road, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society....more
Loses a star immediately for no pictures, using the phrase "seal in juices" while explaining searing meat, & not having recommended adjustments foLoses a star immediately for no pictures, using the phrase "seal in juices" while explaining searing meat, & not having recommended adjustments for electric pressure cookers.
Loses another star for recommending the "cold water" method of quick release. Using this method can lead to creating a vacuum in the pressure cooker. Making it a good way to ruin your pot.
Other bits I found annoying: "Mexican sausage" in place of "chorizo" "French Burgundy Beef" in place of "Boeuf Bourguignon" "Gumbo" with no roux -- that is not gumbo Mexichicken -- I don't even know why that annoys me. ...more
Possibly for the first time ever, I have found an ATK cookbook I am not fond of. ATK only tested four electric pressure cookers...not including one ofPossibly for the first time ever, I have found an ATK cookbook I am not fond of. ATK only tested four electric pressure cookers...not including one of the most prevalent brands. The lack of electric options led to a strong bias for stove top pressure cooking. Also, there are a lot of fiddly bits in the majority of the recipes. Finally, while I am impressed with ATK's dedication & thoroughness, I am not impressed by their smug, belittling attitude toward existing (non-ATK) cooking charts....more