One of the reasons I started adapting recipes for one or two is because I couldn’t find a cookbook for one or two that I actually liked. Most cookbooks for one or two suffer from the recipes either being so simple they are insulting or being full of so many expensive ingredients they are beyond the budgets of most cooks. So when I ordered this cookbook I wasn’t expecting much. I hoped I would be surprised. Unfortunately, I was surprised but not in a good way.
First, let me say, I really wanted to like this cookbook. On first look, the recipes were every thing I want in a cookbook.
1. There is a great variety of recipes.
2. The recipes used ingredients I could find at any grocery store.
3. The recipes weren’t so simple as to be insulting but not so complicated it would take all day to cook them.
When I started cooking from the cookbook I began to find many subtle problems.
1. The ingredient lists weren’t specific. The first recipe I tried was for steel cut oats. The cooking time said to cook them for 3 minutes. I have made 20 pounds or more of steel cut oats in the pressure cooker over the years so I know they take 12 -15 minutes under pressure to cook. I looked through some timing charts and saw quick cooking steel cut oats take 3 minutes to cook but nowhere in the ingredient list or directions did it say anything about quick cooking steel cut oats. This type of thing happened in many other recipes through out the book.
2. None of the recipes in the book state what kind of release to use. Since the type of release used can effect the outcome of the dish that is a major problem.
3. There are obvious typos throughout the book that should have been taken care of with careful editing before the book was ever printed.
These are just a few of the problems with this cookbook that make it unreliable for the average cook. This cookbook was a great concept but poorly executed. If you are looking for an good Instant Pot for Two cookbook this isn’t for you.