Cookbook and Instant Pot Giveaway - Modern Pressure Cooking

Modern Pressure Cooking: More Than 100 Incredible Recipes and Time-Saving Techniques to Master Your Pressure Cooker by Bren Herrera is a cookbook designed for today's pressure cookers with recipes that deliver on flavor with an international touch. 

For more information and to try a recipe from this book, please see my review and recipe post. 
We are pleased to offer three copies of Modern Pressure Cooking to our EYB Members in the U.S. and Canada. One grand prize winner will also win an Instant Pot (IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-functional pressure cooker). We are sharing US Amazon affiliate link and UK Amazon affiliate links  for Instant Pot should you wish to check out more information or purchase one yourself. The Instant Pot website is also a valuable sourch of information.

One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:
Have you used a pressure cooker? If so, what is your favorite meal to cook and/or do you have any horror stories to share?
Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends February 9th, 2017. 
Be sure to check your email spam folders for email notifications or check back on this post on the 9th of February for the names of the winners.

UPDATE: The grand prize winner is  Melissa Storms who will receive an Instant Pot and a copy of Modern Pressure Cooking. Second and third prizes - a copy of Modern Pressure Cooking goes to Sara Byron Jeffers and Elena Aronson.





  • traculart  on  1/5/2017 at 4:19 PM

    Yes, I use a pressure cooker very often. I make chicken, beef and vegetable broths in it as well as stews and Risotto! One of my favorite things to make is a Lamb Tagine with dried apricots and honey!

  • mcrimmins  on  1/5/2017 at 4:50 PM

    I have never used an Instant pot but my mom was a big fan of her pressure cooker until it exploded and the lid got wedged in the kitchen ceiling.

  • rchesser  on  1/5/2017 at 4:51 PM

    I have a horror story. I had a roommate when I moved into my first apartment that was making oxtails in one of the old fashioned stove top pressure cookers, she fell asleep and kaboom, oxtails on the ceiling, the floor, they were even on top of the refrigerator.

  • Kristjudy  on  1/5/2017 at 4:55 PM

    I love making short ribs in the pressure cooker.

  • eliza  on  1/5/2017 at 4:56 PM

    I haven't used one but my Mum did. No horror stories therefore.

  • AsTheNight  on  1/5/2017 at 4:59 PM

    I have used a pressure cooker. My favorite thing to make with one is Bolognaise sauce.

  • SandJ  on  1/5/2017 at 5:03 PM

    Stews & more, but guilty of using it as a rice cooker quite often to leave the stovetop available for other dishes!

  • jlemoine  on  1/5/2017 at 5:05 PM

    We were raised on good old fashioned pressure cooker beef stew as kids.

  • Chef_Jen  on  1/5/2017 at 5:18 PM

    I have not used a pressure cooker, but would love to try it.

  • stockholm28  on  1/5/2017 at 6:19 PM

    I've never used a pressure cooker but am game to learn how.

  • Lmeyers520  on  1/5/2017 at 6:32 PM

    I don't have a programmable pressure cooker. I have a Fagor which makes the most awesome chicken soup!

  • madelainelc  on  1/5/2017 at 6:52 PM

    I've never used one, but I really want to!

  • madamepince  on  1/5/2017 at 6:53 PM

    No horror stories -- but my pressure cooker is a yard sale find, old, with low pressure --so I only use it for veggies.

  • edyenicole  on  1/5/2017 at 6:54 PM

    I've never used one before.

  • Sconelady  on  1/5/2017 at 7:44 PM

    Kalua pork was delicious! Super fast, super yum.

  • FrenchCreekBaker  on  1/5/2017 at 7:58 PM

    I have never used a pressure cooker, only a rice cooker. It is my 2017 goal to explore cooking using one of these multi-purpose Pots. Thanks for running the contest and the review of this new cookbook.

  • lauriesk  on  1/5/2017 at 8:41 PM

    I used to use a stove top pressure cooker all the time, and loved the flavors of the foods cooked in it. I own an electric pressure cooker, but I haven't used it yet.

  • laureljean  on  1/5/2017 at 8:57 PM

    I haven't used a pressure cooker, but my brother uses one all the time. Perhaps this is the year.

  • sgump  on  1/5/2017 at 9:43 PM

    Ever since I lived in Japan in the 1990s, I've owned rice cookers (a specialized variant). And even though I know I can do a lot more than steam rice in a rice cooker, I seem to channel some sort of inner Japanese purist by shuddering at the thought of "contaminating" my rice cooker in such a manner. So perhaps I need a separate pressure cooker for everything other than rice?

  • matag  on  1/5/2017 at 10:36 PM

    Ham and bean soup

  • tcjanes  on  1/6/2017 at 12:31 AM

    Works great for short ribs and stock making.

  • jaburg  on  1/6/2017 at 1:19 AM

    Fav for pressure cooker is bean soup

  • ravensfan  on  1/6/2017 at 7:56 AM

    I've never used a pressure cooker but I'm curious to try it.

  • dbielick  on  1/6/2017 at 8:10 AM

    I have used a pressure cooker and have no horror stories. One of our favorite meals is a tortellini soup from Great Food Fast by Bob Warden. Also, love to hard boil eggs in the pressure cooker.

  • Siegal  on  1/6/2017 at 8:10 AM

    I love my pressure cooker especially when I make stock

  • jupflute  on  1/6/2017 at 8:26 AM

    I've never used a pressure cooker. I am a little afraid of them, but I've been considering getting an electric one for a while, so maybe someday...

  • AlisonL  on  1/6/2017 at 9:47 AM

    I have an InstantPot and like to steam potatoes and cook grains in it. I am very new to it. I gave one to my Sister-in-Law for Christmas and would really just like to win the book to give to her.

  • NaomiH  on  1/6/2017 at 9:57 AM

    I have a standard pressure cooker. I've used it for canned goods. My favorite item to can is beans, black eyed peas and pinto beans. No horror stories, I haven't used it to make regular meals.

  • SamanthaV  on  1/6/2017 at 11:26 AM

    I purchased one for my mom so she could make bone broth because she kept forgetting to turn off the stove, this way she makes it in under an hour and it turns off by itself. She loves it.

  • Judy_Mass  on  1/6/2017 at 12:42 PM

    I love using my pressure cooker for beans and grains, but my favorite repeat is corned beef. No horror stories with my new cooker, but I remember back in HS having the lids blow off the pressure cooker and splatter the ceiling with very hot apple sauce!

  • lhudson  on  1/6/2017 at 12:59 PM

    Have never used one but remember my Mom having one to make soup. She never had any mishaps with it.

  • sarahawker  on  1/6/2017 at 1:34 PM

    I have used a traditional pressure cooker, and honestly I am scared to death of that thing, it is LOUD. I only ruined one meal in it though, didn't latch it properly so it never reached pressure and boiled out, left a huge black mess of charcoal instead of stew.....

  • Veronik  on  1/6/2017 at 1:57 PM

    I make soups and stocks in mine quite a bit, but my favourite dish was a mushroom risotto using the guidelines from 'hip pressure cooking'. The mushrooms had already been used for a consomme, and were then combined with dried mushrooms. It was delicious.

  • Tsirly  on  1/6/2017 at 3:11 PM

    Haven't used one myself (yet), but looking forward to trying.

  • t.t  on  1/6/2017 at 5:02 PM

    I've never used one, but I'm curious about them.

  • PennyG  on  1/6/2017 at 5:14 PM

    I just got an Instant Pot last summer. I made a beautiful Lamb Bolognese from Meredith Laurence's Delicious Under Pressure and have made many pots of beans. No horror stories - yet!

  • kath  on  1/6/2017 at 6:47 PM

    I made a delicious Paleo Butter Chicken! So flavorful and easy!

  • Mariarosa  on  1/6/2017 at 7:28 PM

    I have used a pressure cooker and I love to make pot roast in it!

  • CapeCodCook  on  1/6/2017 at 7:45 PM

    I have been using my Christmas-gift Instant Pot Pressure Cooker to make various chicken dishes with Mediterranean flavors. I am very impressed at how easy it is, and how quick.

  • corrg14  on  1/6/2017 at 9:00 PM

    I have a pressure cooker but it is 50 years old. I definitely need something new!

  • jezpurr  on  1/6/2017 at 11:19 PM

    Never used one, but would love to try some recipes!!!^_^

  • lgroom  on  1/6/2017 at 11:52 PM

    Back in the day, my mother used one most evenings for something. I have a couple unfortunate memories of scraping stuff off the ceiling so I've never been inclined to use one (brave enough?) to use one since. Would love to try though.

  • DJBWA  on  1/7/2017 at 12:57 PM

    Aduki beans with butternut squash and roasted chestnuts.

  • FJT  on  1/7/2017 at 4:21 PM

    My mother cooked just about everything in her pressure cooker and it went with us on many a vacation occupying pride of place on the back seat of the car between my sister and I. There was one really bad experience when chicken soup was sprayed round the kitchen - I remember trying to clean that off the walls and ceiling and vowed never to have a pressure cooker of my own. Fast forward 30 years and I bought a stovetop pressure cooker last year and I absolutely love it; from cooking beans, making stock, soup and stews to risotto ... it's really useful, especially in the summer when there's no way I want to have the oven on.

  • Kbonner  on  1/8/2017 at 6:08 AM

    My brother forced a stovetop one open, I just remember beans everywhere. I have a stovetop one, but would love to try the new one.

  • infotrop  on  1/8/2017 at 1:31 PM

    I love my pressure cooker; saves so much time! I wouldn't make a soup or stock any other way.

  • upstatemissy  on  1/8/2017 at 10:15 PM

    I have not tried a pressure cooker, I was always afraid. My grandmother told me a story of the lid flying off and becoming embedded in her ceiling when she was a young woman, it always stuck with me. I did get over the fear and have used a pressure canner though.

  • alirov  on  1/9/2017 at 12:47 AM

    I use my pressure cooker all the time to make quick weeknight meals. No scary stories, it's always worked like a charm. I did get quite the bargain on it though since I found a basically unused one at Goodwill!

  • lebarron2001  on  1/9/2017 at 9:35 AM

    I have an Instantpot and my favorite meal to cook is white chicken chili.

  • cindymisho  on  1/9/2017 at 11:23 AM

    Spaghetti is my favorite thing to cook in the pressure cooker.

  • elysek  on  1/9/2017 at 1:19 PM

    I've never used a pressure cooker but have heard a lot of great things about the instant pot.

  • Emily Hope  on  1/9/2017 at 1:35 PM

    I've used pressure cookers for a long time, but I just got an Instant Pot and totally love that you can preprogram it--I make steel cut oatmeal for my kids in the morning, and bean soups that are ready when I get home from work!

  • valorie  on  1/9/2017 at 2:04 PM

    I am new to pressure cooking -- trying out some Soup today... wish me luck!!!!

  • imjammin2  on  1/9/2017 at 8:15 PM

    Yes, I own a pressure cooker but the only thing I have ever cooked was manzanita berries to make jelly. I am a bit fearful of it. My mom's was so loud I would hide in my bedroom while she was using it!

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  1/10/2017 at 12:08 AM

    I haven't used a pressure cooker yet, but this is something I want to try this year.

  • cocecitycook  on  1/10/2017 at 3:14 AM

    I have only used a pressure cooker for canning

  • tamingtassie  on  1/10/2017 at 5:46 AM

    I haven't, but my parents have. The worst scenario was dad letting all the water steam out and scorching the food.

  • Radiantpurple  on  1/10/2017 at 7:37 PM

    Like many others I am a pressure cooker virgin - however one of my favourite bloggers (Mel's Kitchen) raves about her Instapot and shares many great recipes for it that make me hanker to own one!!

  • camtncook  on  1/10/2017 at 9:37 PM

    I've made cheesecake in my Instant Pot-so good...

  • cezovski  on  1/11/2017 at 1:10 AM

    I have never used a pressure cooker. I'd like to make some kind of stew with it. Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  • lydiag12  on  1/11/2017 at 6:05 PM

    I haven't used a pressure cooker before because I find it intimidating.

  • annmartina  on  1/12/2017 at 2:07 PM

    No horror stories. I've used a stovetop Fagor for about the last 10 years and recently switched to an Instant Pot. My favorite thing to make is pot roast.

  • hclose24  on  1/12/2017 at 3:46 PM

    I have not used an Instant Pot...yet! I have a friend that got one for Christmas and is raving about it so I would love to try it out! I wanted to check out recipes and things before I committed to buying one, but thought I would try my luck on this giveaway first :)

  • JanScholl  on  1/14/2017 at 12:07 AM

    I have a small pressure cooker and I make my dog's dinner fresh every night. He is on a diet and the veggies are so healthy for him.

  • Starfleetmom  on  1/14/2017 at 3:24 PM

    I love my pressure cookers..i have 3 sizes. I make beans, rice, stews, etc and I use them in canning homemade jams and sauces.

  • Nancith  on  1/14/2017 at 5:12 PM

    I have never used a pressure cooker, but have had one on my Amazon wishlist for years--I guess no one wants to give it to me as a gift! I remember my mom's old-fashioned pressure cooker with the little valve on top that released the steam-no accidents though.

  • aefaint  on  1/16/2017 at 8:55 AM

    I have used The Instant Pot a few times - my boyfriend became obsessed with it and so I had to have my own. My favourite meal to cook with it is Bolognese Sauce. My mom used to make meat sauce fairly often but I must have missed some steps since mine never turned out as tasty and delicious. Thankfully, making it in The Instant Pot gets pretty close to those flavours!

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  1/17/2017 at 2:05 PM

    For a long time I had horrible memories of the old rattler-type pressure cookers and my grandmothers ham and split pea soup exploding. I forced myself to get over this and have tried a pressure cooker to make vegetable soup, but I have never tried an Instant Pot.

  • Kiyah  on  1/17/2017 at 5:38 PM

    Recently, I acquired a pressure cooker, the first I've ever had. It's a 10 quart Fagor, stovetop type and can do pressure canning as well. It's great that it cooks food so fast and it tastes so good. I've been using the Hip Pressure Cooker book and it's been spot on, great recipes. It's a great reference, too. This cooker has re-invigorated my interest in cooking, I'd been in a slump. No horror stories here.

  • averythingcooks  on  1/17/2017 at 6:33 PM

    My mom always told the story of turnip on the ceilings and windows. My husband is the pressure cooker expert in this house and it's great when he does a whole chicken on Sunday night so I can use the meat in a of couple dinners during the week.

  • kimtrev  on  1/18/2017 at 4:56 PM

    we use our pressure cooker for artichokes most often, but I also love it to make stews

  • gjelizabeth  on  1/18/2017 at 7:06 PM

    Many years ago and the classic clogged gauge which blew the top off the pressure cooker, spreading food all over the ceiling. Maybe it's time to try again.

  • pandapotamus  on  1/18/2017 at 11:38 PM

    I've never used one before.

  • FireRunner2379  on  1/19/2017 at 6:36 AM

    I've only used a pressure cooker for canning, but would love to use it for cooking meats!

  • MelMM  on  1/19/2017 at 9:39 AM

    I use a pressure cooker regularly for beans, rice, risotto, and more. I have to drive a lot for my work and take my Instant Pot with me to cook delicious meals in my motel room!

  • FrenchCreekBaker  on  1/19/2017 at 8:13 PM

    Beef Stew is a breeze! And for dessert Pina-Colada Rice Pudding is quick comfort food in the pressure cooker. New devices like the Instant Pot are not scary and I have nothing but good experiences to report.

  • trudys_person  on  1/19/2017 at 9:51 PM

    I love it for soups, stews and quick cooking beans!

  • jenmacgregor18  on  1/20/2017 at 2:44 PM

    I've tried the pressure cooker; but didn't have great results. I'd love to find some good recipes/ techniques.

  • Laura64  on  1/22/2017 at 8:50 AM

    I have one that I've only used once with mix results. I need recipes and experience.

  • AnneOther  on  1/22/2017 at 3:56 PM

    I received a Cuisinart pressure cooker last year, and although it doesn't have as many features as the popular Instant Pot, I'm learning to love it. I've made some great "refried" beans in it, as well as poached chicken (the meat is perfect for lots of uses, like enchiladas) and pureed sweet potatoes. But I want to get better at using it!

  • alienor  on  1/22/2017 at 9:11 PM

    bought my instapot one month ago and have used it to make 8 quarts of chicken stock. so easy, so quick and such great results. also have made chicken paprikash and it was a hit. ow i haveput my slow cooker away in the basement and my instapot on the countetop!

  • rejcooks  on  1/23/2017 at 12:37 PM

    I couldn't make chicken soup without my pressure cooker!

  • vinochic  on  1/24/2017 at 2:35 PM

    never used one, but would love to try it!

  • perilouslypale  on  1/25/2017 at 6:17 AM

    I have been researching the Instant Pot and recipes for it because I've been hearing so many raves for it lately from my friends online. Our crockpot and steamer have both broke within the last 2 weeks so I'm trying so hard to convince my hubby to let me invest in one. Winning one would be amazing! Thanks for the chance.

  • Shellram  on  1/25/2017 at 8:18 PM

    I make a healthy meal with lentils , rice and mixed veggies like cauliflower ,cabbage, tomatoes and peas. Its wonderful when hot and makes for great leftovers. I had a disaster with the old fashioned pressure cooker when i filled it way over the water line and cooked garbanzo beans. They expanded so much that the lid flew off and my ceiling was splattered!!!

  • sally0630  on  1/26/2017 at 1:07 PM

    I haven't ever used a pressure cooker but I I would love to own one some day.

  • lcomer  on  1/27/2017 at 4:19 AM

    Love my pressure cooker

  • jlh39  on  1/27/2017 at 8:16 PM

    ddried beans; potatoes for potato salad; turnip greens

  • ltsuk  on  1/27/2017 at 10:45 PM

    Haven't tried one yet but all the talk about Instant Pot makes me want to find out more.

  • pokarekare  on  1/28/2017 at 1:24 AM

    I do wish this was available to Australian members!!!! I have just replaced my 48-year-old pressure cooker and would love some new recipes for it!

  • damazinah  on  1/28/2017 at 6:15 AM

    I love cooking roasts in the pressure cooker. They turn out so tender and flavorful.

  • linded  on  1/28/2017 at 7:20 AM

    My pressure cooker saves so much time. Chicken stock is done in less than an hour instead of three to four hours! It's perfect for cooking dried beans, tougher cuts of meat for stew, and bitter greens like collards or kale. I'm just beginning to learn the possibilities.

  • mpdeb98  on  1/28/2017 at 3:51 PM

    Stews that would take hours the traditional way are done so quickly with a pressure cooker.

  • RaceyR  on  1/29/2017 at 2:34 AM

    Love my stove top pressure cooker. My favorite use is artichokes. Perfectly moist and delicious every time. I hear so many good things about the instant pot too. Love Lorna Sass pressure cooker cookbooks, would love to see what other authors say too.

  • Sfgordon  on  1/30/2017 at 11:50 AM

    I LOVE my pressure cooker and I use it for tons of different things, like quickly cooking grains, making stocks, and making one pot meals like chili and soups. I have heard great things about the instant pot but so far I've stuck to stove-top pressure cookers.

  • Katiefayhutson  on  1/30/2017 at 1:23 PM

    I just used one two weeks ago for the first time and loved it. No favorite dishes yet though.

  • SilverSage  on  1/30/2017 at 2:54 PM

    Short ribs! They come out perfect.

  • auntietina  on  1/31/2017 at 12:48 AM

    I haven't tried a pressure cooker. I remember my mom making pot roast in a stovetop pressure cooker as a child.

  • mariehuntoon  on  1/31/2017 at 7:38 PM

    I have never used a pressure cooker. I've always been to scared!!!

  • Grywhp  on  1/31/2017 at 8:56 PM

    Never used one

  • biblioholicbeth  on  1/31/2017 at 11:01 PM

    We have an instant pot, and my husband decided to make ribs at a time that he was mad at me and wouldn't ask for help. He didn't put the lid on all way and make sure the seal was tight, so it kept leaking steam...which of course, delayed when it got up to pressure. I kept suggesting that he might want to do something about it, but he refused...Long story short - those were *not* the best ribs I've ever eaten :D

  • cambridgecook  on  2/1/2017 at 6:44 AM

    I always do grains and beans in my pressure cooker. Whole beets only take 14 minutes!

  • rosyannposy  on  2/1/2017 at 9:53 AM

    I have a stove top pressure cooker. I like it for beans.

  • Elena Rose  on  2/3/2017 at 12:07 AM

    I used a stovetop pressure cooker for short ribs and it wasn't great, I'd love to try these recipes!

  • daniellespinato1  on  2/3/2017 at 10:28 AM

    We sometimes do greens in the pressure cooker but we always have to watch it like a hawk. I am definitely intrigued by the instant pot!

  • tangaloor  on  2/4/2017 at 9:31 AM

    I mostly use mine for beans, so ideas for more versatility would be great!

  • AGENT99  on  2/5/2017 at 5:22 AM

    I've never used a pressure cooker before.

  • robinj  on  2/6/2017 at 2:03 PM

    I have a pressure cooker I used to use for canning (I lived at 6000 feet and lots of things need to be canned with pressure; now I live at sea level and don't use it). I always found it awkward to use, though I had no disasters. It is also too large for the meals I would make. Would love to try pressure cooked meals, as I love soups and stews, so am thinking about an instant pot

  • niniacedo  on  2/7/2017 at 2:13 PM

    I just bought a pressure cooker!!! I've only used once before to cook a cow's tongue. Surprisingly it tasted amazing!!!

  • stephdayl  on  2/8/2017 at 2:07 PM

    I own & use it regularly! Rice, stew, pot roast, shredded pork/chicken, chili, hard-boiled eggs.

  • Megoola  on  2/8/2017 at 2:27 PM

    I use my Instantpot to cook vegetarian bean dishes like chili and dal. I also make soy yogurt.

  • hclose24  on  2/8/2017 at 3:42 PM

    So excited for the outcome of this giveaway! Good luck to everyone who entered! I am really wanting to try this pressure cooker - I feel like it would be a mom's handy helper :)

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