The Best Cookbooks to Give With That Instant Pot
There's one for everyone on the nice list.
So you've finally purchased the Instant Pot (hopefully in one of those Black Friday deals). But don't tuck the credit card away just yet — after all, what's the point of an Instant Pot if you don't know what to cook with it? To make the most of your holiday purchase (and score major points with your giftee), we've sorted through the latest and greatest cookbooks to wrap up with your Instant Pot. Check out our favorites, below:
Buy It: Amazon, $14.71
Melissa Clark is no stranger to the Instant Pot community, having published the best-selling Dinner in an Instant last year. In this new book, her focus is on faster, more convenient comfort food meals. Of the 75 recipes in this hardcover, 50 can be made in under an hour. Even better, most of that time is hands-off. With recipes like Ginger Sesame Glazed Spare Ribs and Sriracha Turkey Meatloaf with Butter Potatoes, Clark shows that less cooking time does not have to mean sacrificing flavor.
Buy It: Amazon, $11.80
For busy families or individuals who just don't have the time to spend even a half hour on prep, Laura Arnold can show you a trick or two. Each of the recipes in this Instant Pot cookbook have only 6 ingredients, many of which can be found ready-to-go in your kitchen (think frozen meats, canned soups and pre-chopped vegetables). With the basics on hand, Chicken Carbonara and Lemon Herb Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions are within reach of even beginner cooks. And with an entire section dedicated to make-ahead sauces and spice mixes, you can easily add homemade flair to every dish.
Buy It: Amazon, $11.59
If you believe authentic Southern food can only come from Grandma's table, Sheri Castle will make you think twice. Whether you're partial to traditional fare, like Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Chicken and Fluffy Dumplings and Frito Pie, or opt for more contemporary takes like Salted Caramel Banana Pudding and Bourbon and Cola Beef Short Ribs, Castle proves the versatility of the Instant Pot. Loaded with handy hints, substitutions and tips for troubleshooting based on firsthand mishaps, Castle's booklets you create mouthwatering meals while focusing on one of the most treasured Southern traditions, "sharing meals in fellowship with friends and family." Now what's more Southern than that?
Buy It: Amazon, $19.49
Gina Homolka's cookbook can be summarized in two words: healthy and efficient. Every recipe here is made in a single vessel — Instant Pot, slow cooker, air fryer, sheet pan — which means less time cleaning up and more time living. The book is easy to navigate, focusing on a different method in each chapter, plus there's nutritional information, make-ahead tips, time-saving ideas and ingredient swaps throughout. Have a family full of dietary restrictions? Handy icons show which recipes are vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free. With your Instant Pot, Homolka teaches you how to make dishes like Beef Stroganoff Noodle Soup and Pot-in-Pot Puerto Rican Rice and Beans. And for people who don't have an Instant Pot or air fryer, she includes alternative cooking directions, making the recipes accessible for everyone.
Buy It: Amazon, $13.38
Too many Instant Pot cooks limit their dessert-making to cheesecakes, yogurts and puddings. Well it's time to break free! Welcome to a world where you can make lava cakes, pies, cobblers, quick breads and more, all in your Instant Pot. Honey Orange Poppy Seed Breakfast Cake with Raspberry-Orange Sauce, Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Lava Cakes, Lemon Blueberry Bread Pudding, and all the compotes, sauces and syrups you'd ever need to take your desserts up a notch are gathered in one place. A note to purists: Convenience is the watchword here, and many of the cakes start with boxed mixes.
Buy It: Amazon, $13.51
Mexican cuisine is full of slow-cooked braises and stews that not only play headline roles, but also form the basis for many other dishes, making them a perfect fit for the Instant Pot. In her new book, restauranteur Deborah Schneider takes a sometimes-daunting cuisine, and makes it approachable for the home cook. Chicken Mole, Tamales, Carnitas, Chicken Barbacoa and Tacos Al Pastor are just a few of the dishes that anyone with an Instant Pot can whip up. Schneider includes a helpful guide on various Mexican chiles and ingredients, as well as timing cooking charts. Don't skip the Essentials section in the back of the book: You'll definitely be making the salsas, hot sauces and corn tortillas on the regular!
Buy It: Amazon, $16.99
Here's a trivia fact you may not have known: The pressure cooker was actually invented by a French physicist, Denis Papin, four centuries ago! So it seems fitting that the appliance is considered "a secret weapon" among French home cooks today. An Instant Pot has made the elegant cuisine easier and more accessible than ever before. Featuring crowd-pleasers like Boeuf Bourguignon, Cassoulet, Coq au Vin and gratins, Ann Mah's book also pays homage to the international influences in French cuisine, with recipes like Vietnamese pho and Lamb Tajine with Prunes. Along with lots of photos, serving suggestions, tips and substitutions, Mah shows that it's possible to recreate la cuisine de grandmere in half the time.
Buy It: Amazon, $9.86
If you're looking for simple and accessible home-cooked Indian meals that don't require a long list of hard-to-find ingredients, Urvashi's book is your best bet. Famous in the Instant Pot community as the Butter-Chicken Lady (for her dish that quickly became one of the most popular recipes in the Instant Pot Facebook group), Urvashi utilizes input from her followers to help refine her easy, tried and tested dishes. She covers classics familiar to Western taste buds, like Palak Paneer, Aloo Gobi, Dal, and of course, Butter Chicken, as well as dishes from the Maharashtra region that aren't as prevalent outside of India, such as Masale Bhat (Marathi spiced rice) and Matki Chi Ussal (spiced sprouted beans).
BUY IT: Amazon, $13.38
Start the new year off on the right foot with this cookbook from one of our regular Healthy Eats contributors, Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC. When healthy, delicious meals are faster to prepare, you'll be all the more likely to eat them. Some of Dana's favorite recipes in her book are Pumpkin-Apple Butter, Chicken Apricot Curry, Korean Barbecue Beef and Spicy Lemon-Chive Mussels.