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Lots of recipes, but most are hard to use or to follow. While the ingredients are listed, the book takes a lot of liberties when it comes to settings of time or temperature. Most recipes don't have a proper temp or time info included, or whether it should be done with pressure cooking or other means. Seems like a collection of recipes by a variety of "expert" users who might not need to initial info. But for newbies of IP...not a good idea.
The recipes in this cook book rocks! I have to say that that is the best part about this book. There are a great number of them and a lot of variety. I can see how for this reason many folks would be jumping at the bit to buy this cookbook. However, if you are like me, I like to use the index to find things and look for recipes- don't bother! The index has the recipes listed by title (most often by description of the item!) with all recipes mixed together so you will find a chicken recipe right after a custard recipe right after a beef recipe, etc. They are all alphabetized together and make for a challenging time trying to find anything! You will have to go from the table of contents and then find the chicken section and then try to peruse that area of chicken recipes to find what you are looking for unless you know the name of the recipe. Very frustrating. Many recipes call for ingredients that are not very common (this could be a plus if you are trying something new but if you are going with ingredients you own, not so much!). As a seasoned cook, I thought the recipes made this worthwhile but the cookbook friendliness of this made this a hard pass. I would not have wasted my money in making this purchase.
I've tried several recipes from this book but find that about every other one I've tried is simply awful or even inedible. I've also found many typos concerning the listed ingredients vs. ingredients referenced in the instructions, leaving me to wonder what the author actually meant. Many of the instructions could also be simplified, for example; several of the recipes I've tried tell me to sauté the vegetables and/or meat in the instapot, then remove it, proceed with the instructions and add it back later, when sautéing in a non-stick skillet on the side instead of using the instapot would be a much easier way to do it while you can simultaneously be starting the instructions for the remainder of the recipe that you are instructed to do after removing the sautéed items. The clean up would be exponentially easier by using a non-stick surface rather than the instapot as well. I just can't recommend this particular recipe book. It has just been more trouble than it is worth, with very few of the recipes turning out good meals.
So I waited until i had this for over a year to review. Initially i was very much happy with it, since i got it when i first started out with the IP and had no idea what i was doing. I have been able to try probably about 150 different recipes from this book so far. Some great....some not at all. Seriously, i don't know how this got so many good reviews, because there are a lot of issues with it. This Simon sure did Rush his way through this (sorry).
Sooooo many recipes have issues: listing ingredients then not telling you what to do with said ingredient (such as in Chicken Cordon Bleu....what do i do with the stuffing??!?), telling you to add an ingredient that was not listed in the ingredients list (Vegetable Lasagna with Mushrooms....sure, add cheese but that's not on the list, so i assumed ricotta/mozzarella), listing the same ingredient multiple times (such as in Poppy Seed & Lemon Bars), or the same recipe altogether but with a slightly different name or in a different section but definitely the exact same (such as Chicken in Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, so probably/definitely not 800 unique recipes...), not telling you if the noodles should be cooked or not before adding (again with the Vegetable Lasagna with Mushrooms: should probably have been cooked, but i haven't tried it again so who knows), whether you need a completely different kitchen appliance such as an immersion blender that i do not have (for the Coconut Pumpkin Soup)
....seriously. These are NOT 'foolproof,' so do not be fooled by the cover. I found that in order to track what works and what doesn't i have needed to write in the book what worked and what didn't, rank the recipes so the book hasn't been completely useless, and write whether it is just the main dish and needs a side or if it's a whole meal.... but man, definitely a LOT more work than i had expected in something that seemed so promisingly easy.
I was enjoying the Kindle version of this until I bought a used paperback. Many of the recipes are different; the Amazon preview of the print version does not match the print book I bought, and neither matches the Kindle version. The recipes are in different orders, sometimes have slightly different names, and sometimes different quantities for some of the ingredients. (The last page of my paperback version says 30 January 2020.)
Which version is most recent? There's no way to tell, although my print version has some errors fixed (see French Toast, for example). I would expect the Kindle version to be up-to-date, but that doesn't seem to be the case either.