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Dinner in an Instant: 75 Modern Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot®

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Inspired by her viral New York Times article "Why Do Cooks Love the Instant Pot®? I Bought One to Find Out," Melissa Clark's Dinner in an Instant has all new recipes that bring her signature flavor-forward dishes to everyone's favorite countertop appliance.

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Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published November 2018 by Clarkson Potter (first published October 17th 2017)
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Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chefs
If you go on the Instant Pot Community on Facebook, you will see pages of overcooked ribs ("sooOOOo good!"), tough beef stew ("hubby is picky and even he liked!"), mystery meatloaf from outer space ("best and EASIEST ever!!!!! Love!!!") and things that just should not be, like lasagna, moonshine, muffins, or (bewilderingly) plain Kraft Mac and Cheese.

Reading those posts, you'd think that sweet Jesus came down from heaven Himself and bestowed upon us the almighty Instant Pot.
Ivonne Rovira
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ivonne by: BookBub
Shelves: cookbooks
Melissa Clark has always been one of my favorite contributors to the Food Section of The New York Times (much of which, sadly, is now behind a paywall). Her recipe for Italian Porchetta Pork Roast is one of my favorites ever! And she does not disappoint in her cookbook devoted to her new love, the electric pressure cooker/multicooker.

Sophisticates will get the most out of a cookbook that tells you how to effortlessly create Spanish Garlicky Squid and Chorizo, Duck Confit, Braised Roman-Style Lamb with He
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a couple of recipes from every chapter I’m determined to try, with adaptations to my food tolerances, and including a few new ideas about how to do that (like a sticky tamarind sauce that I’ll happily swap for the standard barbecue sauce ingredients I can’t use and the disappointing common substitutes).

These are more sophisticated recipes than in common fare cookbooks yet completely accessible. A nice balance of special and normal, or of requiring a bit more attention versus either sl
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This title is misleading and the recipes too fancy and time consuming in my opinion.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I regret this purchase. The recipes are too complicated for weeknight cooking. Most have around two dozen ingredients, and many require the use of pots and pans in addition to the instant pot. Also, the only recipe we have made so far exceeded the maximum capacity of my 6L instant pot.
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I've had my Instant Pot since Prime Day 2015. But only used it a handful of times. One of my goals for 2018 was to get to know my IP and overcome my fear of it. It wasn't really fear, I guess, I just found it overwhelming. So many buttons, is it really on?, why is it beeping at me?! So when I heard that Melissa Clark had a new pressure cooking book coming out I put it on my Christmas/Birthday wish list. I loved her cookbook Dinner so I knew this would be a great source of recipes to try on my IP ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I basically bought an Instant Pot because I knew Melissa Clark was writing an entire book on how to cook with it; I figured if someone who knows as much about cooking as she does would take up with one, the IP must be more than just a fad. And I've been very pleased with the IP (specifically for how it allows me to cook things like dried beans & brown rice, etc., in a hands-off fashion)... that having been said, as previous reviewers have noted, this is mostly Not a cookbook for weeknights. ...more
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, cooking
This was okay, but I mostly skimmed the second half after I realized most of the recipes were either more involved or used ingredients a little too exotic for my grocery budget. The stuff I made was good, but at this stage of my life, I'm more at the quick, cheap, and easy stage of meal preparation.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would have liked to find more quick week night type meals.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
So so so many delicious recipes in this book! Great accompaniment to an electric pressure cooker!
Even though it only has 75 recipes, this book has a good variety. The chapters are:

Yogurt, Cheese, + Eggs
Grains + Pasta

The beginning pages also feature introductory information, such as the parts of a pressure cooker, its functions, notes for pressure cooking: manual versus natural pressure release, and other tips.

I feel the recipes are straightforward, and most are only one page
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book for two purposes: to find a few more time-saving dinner recipes, and to learn a bit more about my Instant Pot. I didn't find the former. Most recipes called for at least a dozen ingredients, and there were very few "weeknight" meals. I was pleased to see so many recipes designated as gluten-free or vegetarian, and her explanations for making yogurt, eggs and braised meats were informative. And she included several modifications for slow-cooking rather than pressure cooking, ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading through several awful cookbooks for the Instant Pot specifically, I found this one to be quite brilliant! The author focuses on what you should make in the pressure cooker, not what you can make (almost quoted verbatim). The book is smartly designed, the recipes themselves are well organized, the photographs are beautiful and plentiful, notations are made for gluten-free/paleo/vegan/vegetarian, and she even gives you the option for slow cooking, if it's possible for that particular ...more
Carol Irvin
Too many recipes that have a lot of ingredients ( and strange ones too) I need an Instant Pot cookbook that has everyday recipes 😡 Glad I got this from my library - I would be pissed off if I had bought it 😡
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For me, most of the recipes were too fussy. Too many ingredients. There were some very nice pictures, but I prefer to have a picture for every recipe. And captions for pictures are also nice, but were lacking in this book.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cook-book
Loved all the photos! All cookbooks need lots of photos...but I wish the recipes were less...fancy? and more everyday?
Christine D
ummm, the recipes looked tasty but most recipes took 2 hours, some were an hour, fish was less than an hour cooking time.
Misleading title.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
These recipes are more complex than I would make. Definitely nothing you can make in an instant. It’s also not good if you have picky eaters in the home. My crew wouldn’t eat any of these things.
I like the recipes in this book a LOT. However, while the title is clever, the only 'instant' is the pot you cook it in. This cookbook is perfect for people who love cooking and have tons of time to devote to it and appreciate good food. This cookbook is NOT perfect for people who love cooking but don't have a lot of time.

I've made 3 or 4 of the recipes from here, which I admit is a small percentage. In these recipes -- and in the book overall -- are a ton of steps and dishes for most things. T
Becki Iverson
I bought an Instant Pot 6ish months ago and am only just now starting to really learn how to use it. I've discovered that it's an amazing tool but not at all intuitive to use, so I enlisted the help of some library-procured cookbooks to figure it out. I wish this had a little more instruction on the actual mechanics of the Instant Pot - how to wash it, what exactly all the different attachments look like, options for equipment you have at home that's safe to use inside - in short, all the boring ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As other reviews have pointed out, there is nothing in this book that cooks "in an instant" or even close to it. The recipes sound great for a fairly expert home cook, but they're all non-pressure-cooker recipes tweaked to use one. You won't find any "plain" or "home-cooking" dishes here. If you're in the league that poaches their own tuna and makes their own garlic aioli for a tuna salad sandwich, you'll feel right at home. If you're looking for uncomplicated, one-pot, weeknight dinners, this i ...more
Darcie K
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbook
I thought "the incident" had banished pressure cookers from my life forever, yet even I succumbed to Instant Pot fever in October, lured by promises of safety features that would certainly prevent chicken and dumplings from exploding in the kitchen when a seventh grader is at home alone. (Just to pull a hypothetical situation out of nowhere.)
I really like my Instant Pot - I give it credit for the best chicken curry I've ever made. I also really like the guidance Melissa Clark gives for usi
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though I don't have the Instant Pot, I do have a 3 in 1 cooker ,and I have made the Maple-Chile Glazed Sweet Potatoes (great) Butternut Squash with Tahini and Pomegranate Seeds (almost makes me like squash instead of grudgingly eating it because it's good for me and abundant) Barbecue Chicken (amazing with mac n cheese) and Japanese Beef Curry (a little too sweet for my taste and has mushrooms which for some reason I added even though I don't like them). People keep putting the library's co ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every recipe I’ve made from this book has been amazing. From the simple steel-cut oats to a delicious and nuanced coconut curry chicken (the best curry recipe I’ve ever made), I’ve rated all the recipes between 8/10 (if my husband and I loved it while the kids didn’t) and 10/10 (if it was a hit for the whole family). There are some sophisticated recipes that are just made easier because of the Instant Pot. I may be running out of the ones that seem kid-friendly at first glance, but they are enjo ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food, cookbook
Some intriguing recipes here. I'll be trying a handful that don't seem to be too complicated for my current energy levels.

I like that she's applied the principles of good cooking and good flavor to the instant pot- that is sorely missing in most instant pot recipes you can find out there! And I really appreciate that she focuses on what the IP does well, instead of trying to force it to cook all manner of dishes it's not meant for.

There are lots of good photographs- alway
This cookbook by Melissa Clark, a food columnist for the New York Times, is filled with unique recipes for your new electric pressure cooker or Instant Pot. I bought it because I wanted to make some unusual recipes along with the standard soups and stews. I'm looking forward to trying the Sticky Tamarind Baby Back Ribs or the Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding (pots de creme.) It isn't a large book, but it does have solid information about the best way to cook certain types of things in the pressure ...more
Kate Cronin
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently accidentally bought myself a present (hate it when that happens) and even though I was a little afraid of the Instant Pot initially, I have forged ahead with modern pressure cooking. This cookbook is a great resource and I wanted to try just about every recipe in this book. For those unfamiliar, an Instant Pot can sear, slow cook, pressure cook, make rice and yogurt (no, not all at the same time). I intend to try each feature because if I'm going to buy myself a present, I really shou ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was about to jump on the bandwagon, and thought I'd read this first. Melissa Clark, my favorite in the NYTimes food pages, is the best-known evangelist for these electric pressure cookers that everybody seems to have these days. And I think some day I might get one, but after reading through this cookbook, I don't feel the urgency.

Some great recipes in it, but nothing I can't do with our current batterie de cuisine.
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I checked out all the Instant Pot cookbooks from my library. This one is not Instant Pot specific, but geared to any electric pressure cooker. The recipes were a bit more appealing than a couple of others I read, but still not enough to make me want to buy it. Another issue for new IP users - the settings in the recipes are not IP specific. I'd prefer not to refer to the user manual AND the cookbook.
Elizabeth Sund
I love her cookbook "Dinner", and I think I will love this one too in the long run. For now, we mostly make the awesome pulled chicken. We pot the instapot because it is so easy to use, so we never end up making other recipes from this book because they contain too many steps. If we want to do something this involved, we use the stove. She knows flavor though, so I'm sure every recipe is awesome if you have the time.
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