An E-Cookbook Giveaway

Today at 30 Day Vegan I am sharing my first ever cooking demonstration video - cooking beans in a pressure cooker. Welcome, if you are visiting from Heather's course.

I didn't want to leave all my regular readers (and random visitors of course) out in the cold while posting that video at 30 Day Vegan. So I have a little giveaway for you all. Two copies of Jill Nussinow's e-cookbook The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less Than 30 Minutes.

This downloadable ebook in PDF format teaches you all that you need to know about pressure cooking from what to look for when buying one, how they work, how to successfully cook in one and most importantly more than 100 recipes, each of which can be cooked in less than 30 minutes.

Jill packs her more than 15 years of pressure cooking knowledge and teaching into timing charts and recipes for grains, beans, vegetables, soups, stew, chili and other mixed dishes, as well as desserts. 222 pages that you can be printed out as needed.

Learn how to save time, money, personal and planetary energy with the greenest, tastiest and most eco-friendly way to cook.

Jill knows her stuff when it comes to vegan cooking, she's not called the Veggie Queen for nothing. And she also knows her stuff when it comes to pressure cooking. Put the two together and you get an excellent resource in vegan pressure cooking.

Don't have a pressure cooker? No worries, "The New Fast Food" e-cookbook walks you through the process of finding one that will suit your family's needs.

As I've said at 30 Day Vegan today and also in Tools for a Whole Foods (Plant Based) Kitchen my Kuhn Rikon Duromatic pressure cooker is one of my favorite and most often used kitchen tools. It seriously helps me cook healthy meals more efficiently and faster. It saves me time in the kitchen, and that's something I truly value. 

I’ve owned my pressure cooker for at least six years and have successfully cooked beans, soups, and stews. But after reviewing Jill’s e-cookbook I realize I’ve only scratched the surface of what my pressure cooker can do.

In the last couple weeks I’ve perfected (third times a charm) cooking brown rice, start to finish in under 30 minutes. Something I had never tried before.

I’ve learned that I've been using more water than I need to when I cook beans and veggies in my pressure cooker, a habit carried over from my pre-pressure cooking days. And that if I simply layer my veggies correctly in the pot I can use less water and get a better texture. Just say no to mushy veggies.

"The New Fast Food" has a bunch of recipes I want to try and I've had good success with an adjusted version (I never follow recipes exactly, I’m cursed that way) of Potato Cauliflower Curry. I tripled the recipe to feed our crew, though I probably only needed to double it. Including the time required to chop the veggies the whole process did take longer than 30 minutes but the actual cooking part was under half an hour.

I love how seasonal Jill’s recipes are. Perfect if you are eating from the garden, farm or farmer’s market.

But there’s more than “just” recipes in this book, although I think the cookbook is worth its price for the recipes alone.

I personally enjoyed Jill’s pressure cooking story. I love story. I also liked the short review of pressure cooker history, which is more interesting than it sounds.

Jill covers all the bases of owning a pressure cooker from how to choose one to how to clean it when you burn something to the bottom. And you probably will burn something, at least once. I have, more than once. But Jill even walks you through how to save that pot of food from tasting burnt. Is she a miracle worker or what?

Jill is also very twitter available. I tweeted some ambivalence with my first rice cooking experience and she came to the rescue with advice (I could have found in the book if I just looked closer) and encouragement. She’s like a personal pressure cooker instructor.

I've been pressure cooking for years, but as you can see, in the month I’ve had this e-cookbook I’ve learned a lot. I guess you can teach an old vegan dog new tricks.

Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker

I really like Jill’s book. It’s given me some new inspiration in the kitchen. It’s helped me better understand and use my pressure cooker and there’s a bunch of recipes to try.

The recipes look good (I've only tested one). Jill is an excellent instructor and help. And the e-cookbook is a wealth of information about pressure cooking. 

If you own a pressure cooker or are considering buying one you’ll want to get this e-cookbook. With regards to buying a pressure cooker, I don’t regret that purchase for one minute. We’ve more than paid for it with all the money we’ve saved in cooking beans from scratch.

To win a copy of "The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less Than 30 Minutes" leave a comment in this post with the name or names of your favorite vegetables. In the abundance of summer it sure is hard to choose, isn't it?

Comments will be closed at midnight EST, Wednesday, August 31st. Two lucky winners will be chosen.

Winners of this giveaway were Sharon (commenter 32) and Parul (commenter 43). Congrats you two. Thanks everyone for participating.

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  • Ginger Allman

    Ginger Allman on Aug. 25, 2011, 12:43 p.m.

    My mom always used a pressure cooker so I tend to see it in only in terms of tough meat cuts and stews. I'm curious how it could be used to help me now. I'll have to do some reading. You asked for favorite vegetables? new love is leeks. I had no idea they were so easy. The kids tend to dislike onions and I find that if I add leeks to stir-fries it gives onion flavor without being overwhelming. Chinese cabbage is another good one. You can toss it in anything and it holds its shape and seems to compliment everything. Of course my old faves are still good. There's nothing as good as lightly steamed broccoli or green beans eaten with your fingers as soon as they're cool enough to handle!


    • Jill, The Veggie Queen

      Jill, The Veggie Queen on Aug. 25, 2011, 3:01 p.m.


      So happy that you mentioned broccoli and green beans. They each take only 1 minute at pressure in the pressure cooker. Potato leek soup is one of my favorites and that is under pressure for only 3 minutes. I hope that you have some great pressure cooking experiences.


  • Kimberly

    Kimberly on Aug. 25, 2011, 12:52 p.m.

    Wow, it sounds like a wonderful book..even if I don't win I need to pick it up. There are so many wonderful veggies, but my favorite are: tomatoes..though really a fruit, but hey they are just great Swiss chard Kale spinach brocolli fresh peas string beans..and the list could go on and on.. my least favorite, but hoping to change that is cabbage

    Great blog and wonderful give away



  • Jennifer @ kidoing!

    Jennifer @ kidoing! on Aug. 25, 2011, 12:53 p.m.

    I am loving my KR Duromatic pressure cooker, too (thanks to Renee). I might even consider purchasing a smaller one for when I want to make two dishes at once. Nothing I have made didn't turn out well, but there's plenty of room for me to tweak and learn. I think Jill is great. She is also very accessible on Facebook. I would love to win her ecookbook. I have been using the Lorna Sass veg cookbook and love her, too. All of the recipes I have tried in her book are bursting with flavor!

    I love all veggies, but some favorites are broccoli and kale. Thanks for this opportunity!


  • Andrea

    Andrea on Aug. 25, 2011, 1:13 p.m.

    I have a pressure cooker and I have never used it :). This book sounds like the perfect thing for me to finally step into the land of pressure cooking!! Thanks for the giveaway!


  • kimberly

    kimberly on Aug. 25, 2011, 1:28 p.m.

    I eat a lot of veggies, but my favorite is simply carrots. I'd love to say something more...exotic like kohlrabi, but it's carrots.
    I have a pressure cooker that was part of my husband's dowry, but I have never used it. I cooked in my huge pressure canner cooker once. That wasn't great. I'd love to win this and get cooking'


  • Anonymous

    Anonymous on Aug. 25, 2011, 1:30 p.m.

    i love veggies so much, don't think i can choose a favorite... this books sound great. i am actually looking to get a pressure cooker these days so i'm sure this can be a lot of help for me.


  • Pamela

    Pamela on Aug. 25, 2011, 1:34 p.m.

    My father insisted that I have a pressure cooker. I politely turned him down numerous times, and then he just bought me one anyway. It sat untouched for quite some time. I found it completely intimidating. I finally worked up the nerve to try it twice. It was okay, but obviously need guidance! (I was super-psyched when I heard you were going to be demonstrating on 30 Day Vegan!!!) So, I would LOVE to win this e-book. My fave veggie is the sweet potato. There is just no wrong way to fix a sweet potato!



  • Cindy Bandemer

    Cindy Bandemer on Aug. 25, 2011, 1:39 p.m.

    I also have a KR Duromatic and love it. I refer a lot to "Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure," which includes tons of basic info, charts for grains, veggies and beans, and awesome recipes, many vegan or easy to adapt.

    My favorite veggie? I am a brussel sprout and asparagus girl, but I rarely meet a veggie I don't like. Thanks for offering. I would absolutely love to add this book to my tool box.


  • Elizabeth

    Elizabeth on Aug. 25, 2011, 1:44 p.m.

    We live in Colombia where every family, no matter how simple, has a pressure cooker. At first I balked at getting one, because I'd never used one before. But after cooking a pot of soaked beans for five hours and still not finding them soft enough, I finally saw the light. (We live at altitude as well, which makes cooking times even longer.) We're still just learning how to use it, but it has already transformed the way we cook brown rice, beets, and legumes. I still feel like a newbie, however, and would love to know more!

    Favorite vegetable? Fresh peas, straight from the pod, are hard to beat.


  • Leslie

    Leslie on Aug. 25, 2011, 1:48 p.m.

    I LOVED your video and all of the tips. I've been reading more about pressure cookers lately, but you have converted me. I'm going to get one!

    I love fresh garden tomatoes, but they have ruined me for the grocery store tomatoes. I also love carrots, zucchini and squash. I got some great "rainbow" carrot seeds from an etsy shop, and my kids love digging them up to see which color they get.


  • Heather

    Heather on Aug. 25, 2011, 1:57 p.m.

    I've been thinking about getting a pressure cooker. We eat a lot of beans, and it would be nice if they took less than a day to cook :-) My favorite veg...hmmm...i don't think there is any vegetable that I don't like. But, top of my list are the dark leafy greens, kale, swiss chard, spinach (for the brief season it is here), tomatoes (although I guess a fruit) are probably the other veg i eat the most, and love all different ways. Actually, I don't think there is a vegetable that I don't like. :-)


  • Laurie

    Laurie on Aug. 25, 2011, 2:11 p.m.

    I have NEVER used a pressure cooker but just perusing this blog makes me curious & interested.....of course that's no surprise w/all things foodie & healthy in nature :) & favorite summer veggies? Well I was elated the other day to find a yellow squash - the equivalent of zucchini - in the grocery store the other day when I was looking for vegetables for a thai salad. (my own version) So I'd say, possibly cause I find it more rare to locate that I love yellow squash. But who can forget homegrown tomatoes too?? The flavours just don't compare at all to store-bought ones. So that's my thoughts for now :)


  • Amanda

    Amanda on Aug. 25, 2011, 2:19 p.m.

    I've never used a pressure cooker. I sure would like to try though. Your video at 30 Day Vegan was well done and intriguing. I'm interested in learning more about using this piece of equipment. I might even invest in one for our family! Thanks Renee.


  • Constance

    Constance on Aug. 25, 2011, 2:56 p.m.

    I remember my sister-in-law always cooking with a slow cooker when she had kids to feed but I admit to being a little bit afraid of them! I have not been very good at planning our meals ahead of time, though, so I have been thinking a pressure cooker might help with the time issue (especially with beans). It's hard to pick a favourite veggie. Probably broccoli (aka Superfood around our house), but I love corn (especially at this time of year!), zucchini, squash, peas, etc. etc.!


  • Anonymous

    Anonymous on Aug. 25, 2011, 2:57 p.m.

    Oh, this book would be wonderful to take out the mystery of it all for me. New to the whole bean cooking world and would love a new resource to make it easier!


  • Jenny

    Jenny on Aug. 25, 2011, 3 p.m.

    Renee, thanks so much for that wonderful video. I'm enjoying your presence on 30 day vegan and really think I may get a pressure cooker. I love tomatoes, kale, green beans, and brussell sprouts. I would love to win the ebook.


  • Patti Bartsch, Ph.D.

    Patti Bartsch, Ph.D. on Aug. 25, 2011, 3:02 p.m.

    First, let me say, your photos are exceptional! Wow!

    Second, thanks for the cookbook!

    Third, thanks for this post. I have a pressure cooker that was given to me as a gift and I have always wanted to cook beans and rice in it but I wasn't sure how to do it exactly. I've only ever used a pressure cooker for sterilizing media used to grow bacteria! Hahah.



  • Matthew

    Matthew on Aug. 25, 2011, 3:29 p.m.

    I'm not a pressure cooker cook, but I'd like to start. You've convinced me. :D

    My favorite veggie is a nice fresh tomato. I eat them with everything. You're right, though, it's hard to decide!


  • Bonnie P.

    Bonnie P. on Aug. 25, 2011, 3:31 p.m.

    In summertime, it is almost unfair to ask, but since my kids only eat green beans or broccoli, they are no longer my favs. I will have to say, corn! Thanks for the chance to win.


  • Natalie

    Natalie on Aug. 25, 2011, 4:04 p.m.

    I saw your video on 30 Day vegan, and it helped me get the courage to break out my pressure cooker again. I'd love to win this e-book! My favorite vegetables are fresh tomatoes straight from the garden, warmed by the sun. :)


  • Beth Wagenius

    Beth Wagenius on Aug. 25, 2011, 4:24 p.m.

    Pressure cooker cook book! Sounds great and so helpful. I love mine, and have really been using it more and more. It makes it so simple and fast to cook beans and legumes. Favorite veggies? hmmm.....right now I'm doing a lot of green smoothies so Kale is a good one, along with spinach. I'm hoping to grow a "greens garden" this fall and those both will be featured. :)


  • Dominique

    Dominique on Aug. 25, 2011, 4:34 p.m.

    I love this. I think my favorite vegetables have to be beans ( dried, shelling, and snap, don't forget Romano). I love so many veggies, that it is excrutiating to just choose one or two. I guess for lucky number two I will say raw carrots, since I snack on them all day at work.


  • Simon

    Simon on Aug. 25, 2011, 4:50 p.m.

    We have 4 pressure cookers, 3 stove top and one electric. And they get used a lot. Most liked vegetable would be the tomato for all it's components (juice, dried, canned, paste, whole, sliced, etc.) and it's many varieties and flavor variations.


  • Ellen

    Ellen on Aug. 25, 2011, 5:30 p.m.

    Hi Renee! Popping over from Heather's blog. Loved the video - it does indeed look less scary than my grandmother's. I was so afraid of that pot! I cook beans from scratch and am used to the time it takes me. But I'm always excited to try new things, so I'd love to win a copy! My favorite veggies are cucumbers and tomatoes (right now. Tomorrow I might say something different!) Thanks for an awesome video tutorial!


  • Denise

    Denise on Aug. 25, 2011, 6:07 p.m.

    how I'd love to give this a read, thanks for the chance fav veggies - right now cucumbers straight from the green house, so delicous and always love a sweet potato, oh and then theres butternut squash and courgettes and ... mmm am thinking maybe it would have been better to tell you what I don't like .. haha xx


  • Amylynn Levi

    Amylynn Levi on Aug. 25, 2011, 6:42 p.m.

    Renee, I have a pressure cooker that I bought several years ago but I have always been afraid to use it, your video and info on Heather's 30 Day Vegan Workshop have given me the gumption to get it out again and use it this weekend! Thanks so much and I am really enjoying the workshop with you two!


  • Kirstin

    Kirstin on Aug. 25, 2011, 6:47 p.m.

    Oh my what a decision. I guess I would say fresh picked sugar snap peas! Thanks for sharing the e-book information.


  • Sharon McRae

    Sharon McRae on Aug. 25, 2011, 6:48 p.m.

    My favorite vegetables are kale, spinach and mushrooms. I love adding these to many different dishes, including stir fries, and pilafs made with quinoa or rice. I use my pressure cooker often to prepare them as well, and would love a copy of this cookbook....thanks!


  • Leslie T

    Leslie T on Aug. 25, 2011, 7:09 p.m.

    I just love veggies! Corn, tomatoes, bell peppers are top on that list. I am a big squash fan too - yummo!


  • Janet M

    Janet M on Aug. 25, 2011, 7:34 p.m.

    I have always used a pressure cooker, but have pretty much limited it to cooking dried beans. I would love to expand on its use. Not having to spend hours in the kitchen, or heat it up for hours would be a blessing for sure. One of my favorite things to cook is blackeye peas. I recently tried them with kale and they were great. Summer veggies are the BEST--where do I begin...vine ripened tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers, okra, everything at the farmer's market!....oh, almost forgot corn on the cob! I'd love the book!


  • Shayne Train

    Shayne Train on Aug. 25, 2011, 7:37 p.m.

    My family is mostly vegetarian and have been for years. I would love to try out a pressure cooker and diversify my meals, as my kids are complaining. Also, I'm a busy teacher and I sometimes don't finish school until 5:30pm and from what I read, pressure cooking can really speed up food prep. We eat all kinds of veggies - red peppers, zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower. I also make spaghetti squash in the summer and acorn squash in the winter. Also regular and sweet potatoes. I guess anything goes.


  • willow

    willow on Aug. 25, 2011, 7:58 p.m.

    I don't have a pressure cooker but I like the idea of quick soups so perhaps this book will make me buy one.

    My favourite vegetable is asparagus for the short time it is in season, also broccoli, cauliflower and leeks.


  • Cindy

    Cindy on Aug. 25, 2011, 8:09 p.m.

    I'm a "newbie" too, at pressure cooking. And I'm loving it! I often cook for 15 people for a straight ten days so I bought a large cooker. I would love a vegan cookbook! I actually fed a team from Denver an almost vegan meal last night... TVP and Tofu Ma Po Lettuce wraps... Not that you need a pressure cooker for that!

    As far as veggies go... we can get everything here in Costa Rica at such a low price! Camotes, pejiballes, yucca, and all of the regular veggies. We can't get good corn on the cob, kale, collards or turnip, however, and when I go to Maine, I always fill up on those!

    Thanks for the opportunity to get this book, Renee!


  • Mandy

    Mandy on Aug. 25, 2011, 8:21 p.m.

    Kohlrabi! It is my newly discovered favorite, of course neck in neck with fresh from the vine tomatoes and zucchini! I have been eyeing a pressure cooker since taking the spring version of 30 day vegan. What a great resource this would be!


  • Mel

    Mel on Aug. 25, 2011, 8:22 p.m.

    Funny you should post this today because I was just thinking about pressure cookers and whether that's something worth investing in for our family. You pretty much have me sold just from this post! I'd love to win the e-book.

    So many veggies to choose from, but right now I am in love with an orange pepper I bought at the farmers market last night.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!


  • cindy

    cindy on Aug. 25, 2011, 8:48 p.m.

    oh man, I love so many! Onions, yams, carrots, turnips, celery, all kinds of greens, legumes, broccoli, leeks, fennel, asparagus, artichokes, peas, zucchini, winter squash... I could go on and on!


  • Parul

    Parul on Aug. 25, 2011, 9:38 p.m.

    I love pressure cooking, and use my pressure cooker everyday. I love all vegetables - two are too few to name! Okra, spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, etc. are a few that I cook with every week. I make lentil stew, black bean soup, various curries, rice dishes, and other grain pilafs in my pressure cooker. Your book sounds very interesting....would love to have it :-)


  • Sigrid

    Sigrid on Aug. 25, 2011, 10:14 p.m.

    Register a "me too" for having a Kuhn Rikon Duromatic and loving it.

    As for favorite vegetable -- that's a difficult choice. It would probably be easier to mention those I don't care for, though there really aren't any though I like some better than others. I was the kid growing up, who when offered dessert after supper often said "no thanks" and just had another serving of vegetables. I know, I know, what a strange child I was :-).

    I guess I'd have to say that my favorite veggie is artichoke hearts.


  • Renee

    Renee on Aug. 25, 2011, 11:33 p.m.

    Hi Renee, great video, I was looking forward to it. Ever since you posted about your pressure cooker in your favorite kitchen items post, I've been thinking about getting one, just afraid I don't know what to do with it. Cooking beans would be lovely, and as you said so much cheaper. My favorite vegetable, hard question: fresh tomatoes, beans, asparagus, corn, beets.....ahhh, I love them all!


  • Michelle

    Michelle on Aug. 26, 2011, 12:20 a.m.

    I don't have a pressure cooker but want to get one. Then I get intimidated since I don't know how to use it and put the idea off for a while. A book like this sounds like the right tool to get started! Favorite veggies: Fresh green beans, peas, spinach and roasted brussels sprouts!


  • Spring

    Spring on Aug. 26, 2011, 12:54 a.m.

    I know I will never reach the potential for using beans in our diet (and budget) until I have a pressure cooker... but I have been so afraid to try one! Perhaps this ebook could be my tutor and I could finally take the plunge! Fav summer veggies: yellow beans... with butter. :) So I don't grow that many of them!


  • foxbrooken

    foxbrooken on Aug. 26, 2011, 12:58 a.m.

    I love using our two pressure cookers. They are the ultimate in cooked 'fast food'.

    Right now, my favorite vegetable is globe artichoke cooked in the pressure cooker, of course.:)


  • Rose

    Rose on Aug. 26, 2011, 1:03 a.m.

    I've never used a pressure cooker before and hesitated to purchase one. I think I'm ready to take the plunge now. I can't tell you how many times I forgot to do the overnight soak and didn't have an hour to wait for a quick soak. I would love to have Jill's book. My favorite veggies are spinach and sugar snap peas.


  • Kika

    Kika on Aug. 26, 2011, 1:04 a.m.

    So, it is not too hard to control how soft the veggies cook? They can come out a little crisp (not mushy)?

    I don't know that I have a favorite but generally crave green things: baby bok choy, kale, spinach, swiss chard, romaine...


    • Jill, The Veggie Queen

      Jill, The Veggie Queen on Aug. 26, 2011, 3:45 p.m.

      I like my vegetables on the firm side. Mushy doesn't work for me. You can cook many soft vegetables in 1 minute or less in the pressure cooker and they taste great. My favorite right now is Romano, or green, beans. Just 1 minute at pressure. Oh so tasty.


  • Tru

    Tru on Aug. 26, 2011, 1:46 a.m.

    I haven't used a pressure cooker, but after listening to your experience with one, I'm definitely interested. Thanks for a chance to win the e-book!

    As for your question, my favorite summer veggies are: green beans bell peppers cukes tomatoes and always avocado


  • Molly

    Molly on Aug. 26, 2011, 2:05 a.m.

    What a great giveaway! My Grandma gave me a pressure cooker recently and I have been trying to figure out what is best cooked in it. This would be such a great resource to have...especially since it is an ebook. Thanks for the chance to win:)


  • Pam R.

    Pam R. on Aug. 26, 2011, 3:04 a.m.

    I have only used a pressure cooker for home canning so far, I think I would love to get a smaller one to cook foods in for our family. This book sounds so interesting!! My favorite vegetables are summer squash, zucchini, okra, tomatoes (but only 2 kinds and one of those is an heirloom variety), cabbage, green beans (which is producing like crazy in my garden right now!), carrots, lettuce and potatoes. Summer is my favorite time of year because I LOVE growing my own fresh vegetables and eating them freshly picked. Thanks for the giveaway!


  • Noor

    Noor on Aug. 26, 2011, 3:06 a.m.

    Pressure cookers are a must in our family, but for some reason we only use them for cooking meat or corn on the cobs!I would love to learn how to cook beans and brown rice using my pressure cooker. Our favorite veggies -other than the common salad ingredients- are: broccoli, asparagus, beets, carrots, eggplants. I had the honor and pleasure to take the first 30-day vegan workshop offered by gorgeous Heather. That's actually how I got hooked on your blog Renee!


  • Sue

    Sue on Aug. 26, 2011, 3:12 a.m.

    thank you so much for the opportunity. This e-book sounds exactly what I need. I have only just bought our pressure cooker this week and would dearly love to learn how to use it to it's full potential. My favourite vegetables are broccoli and asparagus. I can't get enough of either of them.


  • Emily

    Emily on Aug. 26, 2011, 12:18 p.m.

    Great video, Renee. You should do more of these. You're a natural. I have a pressure cooker. I guess I'm still intimidated and holding onto that "this thing is going to explode" old school mentality. I know it would make my life so much easier.

    There are so many veggies that I love. I love the summer squashes, juicy tomatoes, and cucumbers I pick from my garden. There are so many more; it's hard to pick just one.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  • wesleyjeanne

    wesleyjeanne on Aug. 26, 2011, 1:14 p.m.

    I don't have a pressure cooker and my family never used one, but your post and all of these comments have me very very curious. If this cookbook will tell me how to buy and use one, I want it!

    Favorite veggies: raw or roasted broccoli, snow peas, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes (love love love baked sweet potato fries).


  • Clelie

    Clelie on Aug. 26, 2011, 4:46 p.m.

    Woa! You have me convinced! I have been thinking about getting a pressure cooker for a while- we buy dry beans but have a hard time getting them cooked so that we can use them. And then we always end up cooking way more that we actually need and condemn ourselves to endless days of eating one pot of beans- which leads me at least to serious bean-fatigue. Even thought I really do like burritos- right now I feel like I don't want to eat another bean burrito ever again. Having a pressure cooker and excellent recipes to go along with it- seems like the perfect solution- making up whole meals in the cooker- not just the bean part. A friend of mine has also started making her own canned beans (using a pressure canner) and this seems like the ultimate convenience food. I hope I win the prize- one of my hesitations in purchasing a cooker was trying to figure out what kind to get. I am excitd to hear that the book includes advice on this topic.

    MY favorite veg? It's so hard to choose at the moment with everything fruiting- it's all so good! Right now I am especially enjoying cucumbers and tomatoes, green beans, fresh sweet onions, beets, corn.

    I hope I win! I am looking forward to waving my days of buying canned beans with a cupboard full of dry beans good-bye!

    Thanks for the give-away!


  • Rose

    Rose on Aug. 27, 2011, 10:07 a.m.

    Hi Renee, at the moment my favourite vegies are silverbeet and kumara but that will change with the season, in a few weeks it will be asparagus and then summer veg. Please put me in the draw and if my name comes out and if you can't send to Australia, would you send the book to the other Rose in Heather's course? Thank you!


  • Mom of 5

    Mom of 5 on Aug. 27, 2011, 3:11 p.m.

    I, too, own a pressure cooker, but have only used it once, with no success! I know that if used properly, it could save me LOADS of time in the kitchen! My favorite summer veggies include tomatoes, green beans, and corn (preferably eaten in the same meal!) Yum!


  • cris

    cris on Aug. 27, 2011, 5:50 p.m.

    So hard to choose..... I love them all. Thanks so much for the video over at heather's and for the opportunity to win the ebook.


  • Teslaca

    Teslaca on Aug. 27, 2011, 9:35 p.m.

    All veggies are great! I could never choose just one favorite, but beans are a staple for me. I also adore winter squashes, artichokes, mache, beets and English peas.


  • Cherie

    Cherie on Aug. 27, 2011, 9:36 p.m.

    My favorite veggies ...

    That's a hard one, because they are ALL so good. I LOVE artichokes (something I regularly cook in my pressure cooker) and asparagus. I love raw carrots but do not care for them cooked. Celery, tomatoes, corn on the cob ... I could go on and on, but I won't. ;)


  • Elizabeth

    Elizabeth on Aug. 28, 2011, 1:07 p.m.

    Oh I have been wanting to begin cooking more with my pressure cooker! My Sister in law does all the time. As for my favorite vegetable? That is a tough one! I would say Tomatoes and Corn. There is nothing better than a sun ripened juicy drippy tomato :D


  • Gina

    Gina on Aug. 28, 2011, 4:15 p.m.

    Renee, Thank you SO much for your cooking video over at 30 Day Vegan! I commented over there, too, to thank you for taking the fear out of using a pressure cooker. I can't wait to get one now! Also, Jill lives in my area and many years ago I took a local class she was teaching about cooking vegetables. At the time, I wasn't as committed to eating healthfully as I am now, so I have a renewed interested in what she has to teach, and am excited about the possibilities of using a pressure cooker to save time and energy while creating healthy food. Thanks should do more videos! :)


  • Sue

    Sue on Aug. 29, 2011, 3:13 a.m.

    Favorite veggie-- I know tomato is classified as a fruit but can't I still call it my favorite vegetable?? Great give-away. Thanks for the opportunity.


  • Anonymous

    Anonymous on Aug. 29, 2011, 3:40 a.m.

    Being vegetarian, we like all veggies. We grow a lot and are self-sufficient in garlic so that might make it our favorite on many levels. We have a pressure cooker and I love it. Thanks for the chance to win what looks like a great book!


  • Renee

    Renee on Aug. 29, 2011, 3:56 p.m.

    One of my favorite veggies is cauliflower. I have a pressure cooker but have never used it because it seems difficult to use. It would be great to have an easy guide to using it.


  • Kassia

    Kassia on Aug. 30, 2011, 1:41 p.m.

    I love garden fresh kohlrabi. It's so crunchy and fresh. This summer though we have none in the garden.. this year my favorite is parsnip. I'm loving 30 Day Vegan by the way:)


  • Loretta

    Loretta on Aug. 30, 2011, 8:45 p.m.

    Pressure Cooking Scares Me!

    I recently purchased a pressure cooker and am also trying to go vegan- all at the same time!! I love vegetables, all kinds, but especially asparagus, eggplant, broccoli rabe, and kale.


    ( that's why I would love to win her e-book :) )




  • jwlucasnc

    jwlucasnc on Aug. 31, 2011, 1:56 a.m.

    This time of year, nothing competes with a fresh-picked heirloom tomato. I recently splurged on a 23-qt pressure canner and have made some excellent sauce with a rainbow selection of delicious tomatoes from my neighbor's garden - also a wonderful batch of curried ketchup. I inherited a standard pressure cooker a few years ago but don't use it very often. Might this finally be the magic tool for cooking creamy corona beans? Hope to have the opportunity to enjoy your advice and make better use of this resource - and make more things to share with my generous (vegetarian) neighbor. Thanks, Jill


  • Angela

    Angela on Aug. 31, 2011, 2:18 p.m.

    Hi! Would love to have this book - we just started using our pressure cooker again to cook beans. I am enjoying zucchini this summer!


  • Jody

    Jody on Sept. 1, 2011, 12:43 a.m.

    Our favorite veggies consist of Spinach, asparagus, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, squash, potatoes (white & sweet), pumpkin. We love LOTS of them though, really snap peas & green beans should be added....... Please count me in the E-cook book give-away. I have a pressure cooker that I was lucky enough to receive as a gift last Christmas. I need to use it MORE than I do! Thank you!


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