I bought my Instant Pot in the summer of 2016 and it quickly became one of my favorite appliances. It had the power to turn out flawless batches of beans, braises, stocks, and batches of rice and didn’t need to be tended the way that a stove top pressure cooker did.
However, I often found myself wishing that the IP had come with a really great manual that would unlock more of its secrets. Sadly, as any IP user knows, its accompanying instruction booklet leaves a great deal to be desired.
Happily, Daniel Shumski, author of Will It Waffle and Will It Skillet, has leaped into the void that the IP manufacturers left and has written a book that I believe will become the defacto user’s guide to this valuable little appliance. It’s called How to Instant Pot and has already vastly expanded my Instant Pot horizons.
The book opens with a chapter designed to demystify the machine itself. You’ll discover what all the buttons do (I’ll confess that up until the moment I opened this book, I had only ever ventured to used the yogurt, manual, and cancel buttons), how to set it up, the best ways to clean the devise, and even how to convert your favorite recipes to use the IP.
From there, the book is broken down by device functions. Instant Pots are designed to pressure cook, slow cook, make rice, make yogurt, and steam. Dan addresses each one of those functions, teaches you how to use that setting, and then serves up a bevy of tasty recipes that utilize that IP feature. (He even makes blueberry jam in the IP, using the slow cook setting. I will definitely be trying that.)
From the Fragrant Lamb and Chickpea Stew (page 47) to the Parmesan Bread Pudding with Bacon and Broccoli (page 190), there is so much in this book that I want to try. It has opened up a world of IP possibilities and I can’t wait to dig in.
Thanks to Dan and Workman Publishing, I have a copy of this handy book to give away this week. Use the widget below to enter!
Disclosure: Workman Publishing provided the copy you see pictured here and the copy I’m giving away, both at no cost to me. No additional compensation was provided. All thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.
I didn’t have a pressure cooker before, so my IP has finally allowed me to make good beans, especially chick peas! Rice, root veggies, iced tea, and a few others have become staples, but I’d love to do more!
Still waiting to get one. Mainly due to it being impossible/extremely expensive to get in Norway
No…but I’m dying to learn more and this cookbook looks like just the thing to do it!!
I haven’t got one of these yet, but it looks like it would be so useful. so a book explaining how to use it well would be a great asset.
I’m on the fence about the instant pot… I have two stove top pressure cookers that I love. I do miss the plug it in and forget it convenient aspects of my slow cookers (lasted almost forever, but the one I tried replacing with twice smelled of melting plastic – so I gave up earlier this year). My husband actually wants the InstantPot more than me. Since it’s on his Christmas list, he’s getting it and this book!
slowly learning….. real slow….!!! from what i read before, i thought there was a button just for slow cooking and a button for pressure cooking. trial and error.. be nice to have soups, stews for fall eating with a loaf of crusty bread….
I own one but have not gotten around to learning it yet. I could use a manual like this!
I do not have an Instant Pot, but I was thinking about getting one because I am having trouble cooking rice on my stove. I just moved, and adjusting to the stove change is no fun.
I have an instant pot and I love it for cooking beans and rice. I would love to use it to make more meals, especially recipes for weeknight dinners.
I would love this. The rice instructions are non-existent, and other steps have been a slow learning curve so far. I’ve made AMAZING chicken & turkey stock, however!
Love the InstaPot!!
I haven’t used one yet, but I have an old-style pressure cooker and a couple of slow cookers, so I have the general idea. A multi-use electric cooker sounds great!
Still trying to figure out how to use my instant pot for my picky eaters… Hoping this book might help!
I just got one, and so far I love making yogurt!
It is my only pressure cooker. I love cooking Spaghetti Squash.
My IP is my new go-to appliance! I’ve enjoyed the Beef Barley Stew, Beef Stroganoff and Turkey Loaf made in it.. Talk about delicious and easy!
I love my Instant Pot!
I LOVE my instant pot! The basics are what make me happy – hard boiled eggs, rice, stock, beans, etc. Thanks for the giveaway!
I love the instant pot. My two favorite items so far are the New York Times recipe for Pho broth (super fast and delicious) and no fuss, no muss polenta that takes under half an hour which includes heat up and de-pressure time.
Great little appliance. My two favorite items so far are the New York Times recipe for Pho broth (super fast and delicious) and no fuss, no muss polenta that takes under half an hour which includes heat up and de-pressure time.
I have finally made hardboiled eggs that come out perfectly every time, and of course it’s a game changer in the bean cooking department. Can’t wait to learn more useful recipes and tips!
We use ours pretty regularly just for making stock, yogurt, or beans – but I’d love to learn how to do more! This looks like a great book.
I haven’t yet gotten one, but my best friend has one she is scared to use! I would love to win this for her so she/we can figure it out and decide if one needs to come live at my house 🙂
Easiest way to make a dozen hard cooked eggs that easily peel, as well as fast stew or chili!!
This book will be perfect for Christmas gifts to go with Instant Pots we are giving!
Is this a pressure cooker? A slow cooker/crock pot? Or a cross between both?
Let me guess. Rice cooker too?
I haven’t gotten one yet but am waffling (pun totally intended) between the instant pot and replacing my stovetop pc that I recently cooked dry and ruined the inside finish (apparently needed a new gasket but now need a new pan-Sigh).
I like pressure cooking beans, hard cooking eggs, love the way the flavors are already married in soups, and think pc cheesecake is phenomenal but the appeal of the instant pot is that it would replace more than my pressure cooker. If I used all its features…
Love it for yogurt!
I love my InstantPot and am always looking for new recipes!
I haven’t gotten one yet, but maybe I will for Christmas.
Even though I almost exclusively use my Instant Pot for yogurt, rice and pork carnitas, I still think the instant pot is a worthwhile appliance. My boyfriend even recently decided it deserved a permanent spot on the counter so we had to shuffle a few things around. He complained that he wished it was a little smaller, so I clued him into the 3 quart size, which I think would we perfect for what I use it for. Maybe Christmas?
Oh, I need this book. I got an InstantPot last xmas and have used it, but finding recipes online is tedious and the book that came with it is practically useless. Chili in the instantpot is divine! Also, I eat polenta far more often now than I used to. It’s so easy. I just need more recipes.
I have had my Instant Pot for about 18 months now, and I really like it. I do not use it nearly enough though! I have really liked using it for making stock, making chili (I love the saute feature before going into slow cooker mode), and also for making beef stew. I know that there are more recipes I could try, perhaps this book will inspire me!
I got one this summer and love it! Guess what my son and daughter-in-law are getting for Christmas!!! Did you know you can do a “New England Stuffed Pumpkin” in your Instant Pot??
I don’t have one but I’ve used my daughters to make yogurt! Loved it
I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but I bought one a year ago and still haven’t used it. This book sounds great to help push me into exploring it!
Don’t be ashamed! I heard that from soooo many people while I was writing this book. So. Many. People. It’s a big part of why the book exists.
Oooh! Insta-pot is currently on my Christmas wish-list and having this book as a manual will be a great resource!
We just got an instant pot and have yet to use it… I don’t really know what to do! This book would be a great help.
Instant Pot is great for quick stews.
I don’t have one but am moving soon to a place that has a larger kitchen so I hope to get one then.
I’ve always wanted to try one of these! Is it useful for a lot more than just meat though? Spouse is a vegetarian.
I take a frozen chicken breast……with bones or without…..and in 30 minutes its done and ready to become what ever…..salad, soup….etc.
I have an Instant Pot, but so far have been a little afraid to use it. A cookbook would definitely help!
I have a friend that started a blog, and designed a vinyl emblem for her instant pot use.
I’ve had an IP for almost a year and used it about 4 times :/ I’d love more guidance and I think I’d love it!
I don’t have an Instant Pot, but I am intriqued by them. Would love to have one. Experimenting in the kitchen is always fun.
I love making short ribs in my instapot.
I would lvoe to make yogurt in it!!!
I’ve never used it. We aren’t big meat eaters so I’ve been slow to start using gadgets like this but it’s cool that you can use it to make yogurt and beans! I’d definitely give it a shot.
Nothing better the real fast food!
Sorry to say I don’t have an IP. Maybe looking through this cook book will inspire me to make room for one more.
I need this book in my life! That, or it would make a great gift for my MIL…
Santa shared that I’ll be getting one as an early Christmas gift. Santa likely has it, and can’t keep a secret long enough to surprise me. Looking for recipes, hoping to make soups and curries, yogurt as well.
I don’t have an IP and honestly I’m on the fence about it. I love my vintage enameled pots, cast iron Dutch ovens and my Japanese clay pot rice cooker but not so sold on an electric machine. I need to see and hear more about it.
I’ve been wanting one, keep hearing about them, and right now feel like the girl who didn’t get picked for the dodgeball team because I don’t have one! This book will inspire me, and just in time to receive an instapot for Christmas!
We have an instant pot but I struggle with recipes. This would be a great addition to our cookbooks so thast we get more use out of the instant pot
I am not one but would like to try it! Thanks.
I make beans/rice a lot. I heartily regret not getting the model that does yogurt…
Planning on getting an Instant Pot with the black friday sales, so this would be perfect.
I am just now starting to use a pressure cooker and I’m struggling a bit – there is a learning curve, isn’t there? So I’m looking for a good cookbook to help with that. Thanks for the review – it was quite helpful.
I’m intrigued by the Instapot! I don’t have one yet, but am trying to figure out if its a good fit for me!
I use my IP almost every day, love the pressure cooker for fast and tender meat, easy homemade yogurt, bone broth….
What do I make in my Instant Pot? Bne Broth, yogurt and chili are my top 3 .
Maybe its time for me to expand my horizons.
We have an Instapot! I love to make Nom Nom Paleo’s Mexican Beef. It’s quick and easy. Oh, and hard boiled eggs are a snap!
A cookbook that definitely fulfills a need!
I’m still figuring out how to cook lamb but the best thing I’ve made in the Instant Pot was actually a lamb and corn stew. So great to get the meat really tender that quickly!
I have one, but haven’t tried it yet. I’m just not sure on how to use it and all. This book would probably help alot. My brother does chicken wings in his. It would be fun to try.
Your giveaways are too much work. Who can remember all those passwords? Keep the book.
I have had one for a couple months, but have not used it as much as I would like. Have used it for dinners and to cook collards and other greens
Want to try rice and yogurt next!
I have one and make chicken and pork chops in mine would love other recipes
Yes, I love to make soups and roasts.
Sorry, but I don’t own an Instant Pot but it is on my Christmas wish list.
Looks like a Wonderful book and sure would be handy to have if and when I get my IP
Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity
I use it to make some great vegetarian chili.
To win the cookbook would be one more reason to get an Instapot.
I like making yogurt.
Everyone I know who has an Instapot loves it. I’d like to try using one!
A few people I know have Instant Pots, but all I hear about is the yogurt making function. I would like a newer version of a slow cooker, so maybe this will fit into our household in the future.
I am not an IP user… yet. It seems to replace many appliances we currently use, & seems like a good way to consolidate our kitchen clutter into one unit. Plus everyone seems so pleased with it. Thanks for the giveaway!
I have heard so much about the IP and all the things you can do quickly. I am gone most of the day so even a slow cooker is not useful except on weekends. I think an IP would be useful – and I’m very intrigued about the yogurt! Thank you for the opportunity!
I’m surprised by how much I like this appliance.
Had this item on my list to check out for about a year. I am fascinated by the claims of all it is suppose to do!
I don’t have an instant pot, but I’ve been thinking about getting one for a while now.
I love my pressure cooker and microwaves are handy. I bought a slow cooker and need to use it more. I don’t think I’d buy an IP. However, my son who is living in a basement apartment without a real kitchen would find an IP handy. It also would be helpful for college students without a kitchen.
Before I got my Instant Pot, I made rice maybe once a month at the most. Twice, if I was making soup. I finally started making beans in my dutch oven over the last year, but only on weekend and only if I had enough time (making overnight beans resulted in them being too mushy for my tastes).
With the Instant Pot? I make beans and/or rice almost weekly. This past weekend, I made mjedra (lentils and rice) plus lentils with sausage and preserved mandarins for workweek lunches, canellini beans & ham soup, rice balls with spicy mayo and tuna inside, and fried rice with planned/leftover rice.
I’ve never used an instant pot but my husband is a pro at using a pressure cooker.
Just got my instantpot for my birthday and LOVE IT!!!
I’ve not used one yet but have one in the box still :/ I may have to experiment a bit!
I love making the easy pork (or chicken) chile verde recipe from Serious Eats. Literally all you do is chop up peppers tomatillos and meat and then out comes a great stew.
I use the Instant Pot for quick chicken, pork, London Broil. Have used it with potatoes and veggies for soups, rice. Mostly trial and error with good results. I love it but would like to have a good cookbook to go with it. Thank you! J.
I love mine! So easy to make a big pot of beans in a fraction of the time.
I’ll use it for braises and rice. Have friends that have used it and they say it amazing. Good food in a short period of time is my kind of cooking. Thanks!
I just bought one and would love to have a book to help learn about how to use it
This is awesome. I use my Instant Pot all the time and I feel like I’m only getting a fraction of its versatility.
I am not an Instant Pot user yet but am interested in one.
My sister bought me one. I don’t use it as often as I should, but I do consistently take it along to my brother’s beach cabin. So nice to set and forget, then come back in from the cold with a warm meal waiting!
Instant Pots seem so amazing for quick weekday dinners. I need one!
The Instant Pot is my Black Friday Shopping Goal this year. 🙂
I own TWO because I love being able to make hands-off perfect rice alongside my main meal!
I got on during the Black Friday sale last year. We use it a lot for cooking beans, stews, Chili’s, and braising meat.
I got mine on a past Prime Day but sadly have not used it after the first flurry of excitement. Is love to win this book but will consider buying it if I dont!