Prime (Day) Kitchen Gadgets--and the cookbooks to go with them

Seira Wilson on July 10, 2017

BrevilleMixer150W There are two sales for which I get up early and have a tendency to power shop, and one of them is Amazon's Prime Day.  Prime Day is a favorite because there's so much variety and really good deals--last year I bought a portable camp grill, an Echo, and a table (among various other things).  This year, Prime Day deals include two kitchen gadgets I adore above all others: an Instant Pot* and a Breville stand mixer**. 

Whether you already have one of these handy gadgets or want to make the most of a new one, below are three cookbooks for each appliance that I think will keep you wiping off spills, not dust.

*Instant Pot deal is good until Tuesday, July 11, 2017 11:59 p.m. PST or while supplies last.

**Breville Stand Mixer deal runs Tuesday, July 11, 2017, from 2:20 p.m. - 8:20 p.m. PST or while supplies last.

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InstantPot200_PrimeDayDealFirst - the Instant Pot.  There have been several cookbooks published since the Instant Pot phenomenon began but I feel like the home cook's discovery of this weeknight meal miracle maker is just hitting its stride.  I love my Instant Pot so I recently got one for a friend who's a busy working mom--she's been using hers almost daily (it's the same one that's on Prime Day deals) and now wants some cookbooks to increase her Instant Pot repertoire.  Here are three that I really like:


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The Instant Pot® Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Fast & Healthy Meals by Laurel Randolph
Since this cookbook came out in April of last year it's continued to be a best-seller.   The Instant Pot® Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook is simple and straightforward with over 100 recipes and a prep time guide (key to making it all come together).  Definitely a cookbook that will get a lot of use for the Instant Pot owner.

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Instant Pot® Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook (An Authorized Instant Pot® Cookbook): Quick & Easy Recipes for Everyday Eating by Sara Quessenberry and Kate Merker
The first cookbook to come straight from the folks behind the Instant Pot.  Besides the 75+ recipes, this cookbook helps the new Instant Pot owner get used to the all the features of the machine itself.

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Instant Pot® Obsession: The Ultimate Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook for Cooking Everything Fast by Janet A. Zimmerman
This recently released cookbook covers how to make just about anything in your Instant Pot.  Breakfasts, desserts, snacks, and more--there are 120 recipes for making what you love in even less time.

BrevilleMixer200Ah, the beloved stand mixer--it just makes so many things easier... Whipping cream. Making meringue. Cookie dough. I know cookies are generally pretty simple but when you don't have to stand there holding the electric hand mixer, elbow in the air, circling the bowl trying not to splatter anything for minutes at a time, it's a game changer... Here are three cookbooks that showcase some of the best things to bake.


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Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan
This year's James Beard award winner for Best Baking and Dessert Book, this is my go-to cookbook for making cookies since it released last fall.  Try the Sunny-Side-Up Meringues for an incredibly delicious cookie of lemon curd and meringue that is as much fun to look at as it is to eat.

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American Cake: From Colonial Gingerbread to Classic Layer, the Stories and Recipes Behind More Than 125 of Our Best-Loved Cakes by Anne Byrn
Trace America's history and geography through recipes for every cake you've ever imagined and some I'm betting you haven't.  Get our your stand mixer and put together the ingredients for classics like Red Velvet Cake or lesser known regional hits like Brooklyn Blackout Cake.

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How to Bake by Paul Hollywood
We're a little obsessed with The Great British Baking Show at my house and Paul Hollywood is one of the judges the contestants most fear and adore.  A handshake from Paul is the ultimate show of approval because he is one picky baker. If you're going to learn how to bake, Hollywood's your guy.

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