You may be thinking,"My grandmother used a pressure cooker!"; what does it have to do with modernist cooking? It's certainly true that modernist cooking sometimes takes advantage of the latest in cooking equipment. However, more often than not modernist cooking simply uses existing equipment and ingredients in new and different ways.
Today pressure cookers are being viewed by home cooks as the new healthy, time-saving, and energy-saving way to prepare food. Moreover, today's pressure cookers have numerous devices built in to guarantee their safe use.
Here are my suggestions for the best equipment if you are interested in trying some recipes in a pressure cooker. Click a link to buy now from Amazon or scroll down for a more detailed description of each item.
Need a little more information before you make your decision? Here's everything you need to know about each item listed above.
As a result of my research and experience I recommend the Fagor 8-Quart Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker. It is plenty large enough for all of your pressure cooking needs. It is constructed from 18/10 stainless steel and comes with a basket insert, with legs and a loop handle, making it ideal for draining pasta or steaming vegetables. The Fagor has received kudos and awards on numerous established cooking websites.
Once programmed, this electric pressure cooker brings itself up to the set temperature and maintains the high pressure throughout the cook. When the cooking cycle is finished, the Instant Pot turns itself to a warming mode and lets the pressure start to come down naturally. Even though I rarely use them, it comes with 14 preset cooking programs that you might find convenient. The pressure cooker has a durable, stainless steel cooking pot that I found easy to clean. There is a slight learning curve with setting the digital control panel, but the "program it and walk away until it's done" aspect of using an electric pressure cooker makes it worth a little up front study!
I have several books on pressure cooking but Great Food Fast by Bob Warden is my favorite by far. The recipes are relatively simple to follow but have great flavor. I'm not alone in loving this book as it is highly rated and the number one bestseller on Amazon for pressure cooker books.
If you would like to try a modernist twist with your pressure cooker there are seven of those recipes in my Party Foods book such as: Caramelized Ginger Carrot Soup and Shredded Beef with Spicy Tangerine Froth.