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About Mark Scarbrough
I'm a memoirist (although I'm not sure I still know what that means), as well as the writing half of a NYTimes bestselling cookbook team (with Bruce Weinstein, my husband and the chef in our duo). Once upon a time, I was an academic, working in nineteenth century American literature, teaching in Austin Writing slowly overtook my life. I started providing content for a little start-up called AOL, started writing screenplays for actors, and chucked it all to move to New York. These days, Bruce and I find our peace on ten acres in rural New England with two collies. My memoir, BOOKMARKED: HOW THE GREAT WORKS OF WESTERN LITERATURE F*CKED UP MY LIFE was just published. And we've got Instant Pot books galore, including the forthcoming INSTANT POT BIBLE: COPYCAT RECIPES, due out this fall.
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Fully adapted for UK home cooks with metric measurements
This complete and authorised guide to your Instant Pot has more than 350 recipes for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks and even desserts - for every size and model of Instant Pot, including the Instant Pot MAX.
More than five million people worldwide use Instant Pots to get food onto their table fast. But only The Instant Pot Bible has everything you need to revolutionise the way you cook with your favorite machine. Every one of the 350+ recipes gives ingredients and timings for all sizes and models of Instant Pot, including the Instant Pot MAX, which cooks even more quickly. And you get exciting new recipes that utilise the MAX's unique Sous Vide setting.
The Instant Pot Bible is the most comprehensive Instant Pot book ever published, with recipes for everything from hearty breakfasts to healthy sides, from centrepiece stews and roasts to decadent desserts. Bestselling authors and pressure-cooking experts Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough offer customised directions and timings for perfect results every time. And many recipes can also use the slow-cook setting to let the machine cook while you do other things.
These innovative 'road map' recipes for classics such as vegetable soup, chili, pasta casseroles, porridge and more let you customise flavours and ingredients to make each of your family members' favourites. Need dinner in an instant? No problem - more than 175 recipes come together in just a few minutes or just a few steps. Not to mention vegan and vegetarian, keto-friendly, and gluten-free options galore.
The Instant Pot changed the way you cook. The Instant Pot Bible helps you make the most of it.
The Instant Pot is America's new favorite cooking appliance: twenty percent of households (and growing) have one, and its millions of fans love the appliance for its convenience, simplicity, and the incredible results that it delivers in just a short period of cooking time.
Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are the bestselling authors of The Instant Pot Bible, and are returning with an even more useful and comprehensive guide to Instant Pot cooking that shows how to get even more out of your machine. These recipes include all-new suggestions for:
- Pot-in-pot (PIP) cooking -- setting a smaller dish inside the pot to cook delicate ingredients like rice, grains, dairy-rich soups, and even fish fillets.
- One-pot meals -- recipes to cook a main course and separate side dishes all at once in a single Instant Pot, including
- Stacks -- using a stack of lidded pans to hold cheesy enchiladas, Tex-Mex rice, and refried beans, all cooked at the same time
- Air-fryer lids -- how to use new accessories to crisp at the end of cooking without dirtying additional dishes or turning on your oven
- Dump recipes -- all-in-one-go meals that require no prep and no browning--just drop the ingredients in the pot and set the timer.
- Desserts -- go beyond Instant Pot cheesecake with yogurt cakes, sponge cakes, dump cakes, and cake-mix-doctor recipes.
- And so much more.
The old-fashioned pressure cooker has been rediscovered by modern home cooks, both for its quick-cooking powers (dried beans are perfectly soft in 35 minutes; risottos are tender in 20 minutes) and for its ability to infuse foods with intense flavor (carrots become sweeter, meat more savory). The Great Big Pressure Cooker Book has recipes for every device, stovetop and electric, no matter the manufacturer.
Whether you're seeking an adventurous array of spices, found in dishes such as Cherry Chipotle Pulled Chicken or Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Pineapple and Ginger, or pure comfort food, like French Toast Bread Pudding or Classic Pot Roast and Potatoes, you'll find the perfect recipe--each labeled by level of ease--to feed your family. This is the only pressure cooker book you'll ever need.
Welcome to the air fryer revolution. More than 7 million Americans use air fryers to make the crispiest French fries or crunchiest chicken tenders without the mess or health concerns of deep-frying. But your air fryer can also sear a rib-eye steak in half the time it takes to heat up the grill, roast perfect vegetables, and reheat leftovers while putting your microwave to shame.
Only The Essential Air Fryer Cookbook can show you how to make the most of this versatile kitchen appliance, for every meal of the day. Each of the 300-plus recipes gives ingredients and timings for every size of air fryer (from small 2-quart models to 10-quart ones), plus extra recipes to make each dish a complete, delicious meal.
This comprehensive air fryer bible will help you make delicious roasted chicken and healthy vegetable sides, decadent desserts, delightful snacks, and crispy wings and tenders that beat take-out by a mile. And air-frying experts Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough offer customized ingredient lists and timings alongside clear, easy-to-follow directions that will have you cooking like a pro, no matter your skill level.
- Kale Chips
- Better-Than-Chinese-Take-Out Orange Chicken
- Hearty Roasted Vegetable Soup
- Cauliflower-Crust Pizza
- Crispy Ranch Chicken Thighs
- Fried Green Tomatoes
- Jalapeño Poppers
- Perfect Broccolini
- Easy Carnitas
- Shrimp Teriyaki
- Zucchini Fries
- Blueberry Crisp
- Chewy Coconut Cake
- Fried Oreos
- And more!
Fully adapted for UK home cooks with metric measurements
75 recipes for delicious meals straight from your freezer to the table in minutes - no defrosting required - from the bestselling authors of The Instant Pot Bible.
Have you ever come home at the end of a long day, pulled an ice-coated lump of meat out of the freezer, and thought, 'Can I eat this tonight?' With this book and your Instant Pot, the answer is a resounding 'Yes'.
Here, you'll find 75 recipes and tons of strategies for cooking quick, flavourful one-pot meals with frozen ingredients, all with zero defrosting time and no advance prep necessary. Each recipe gives timings and ingredients for every model of Instant Pot, including the new Instant Pot Max. Just open your freezer, lock on the lid, and cook! You'll be eating dinner in no time.
The Instant Pot transformed the way you feed your family. Now you can get even more out of your Instant Pot with these delicious, straight-from-the-freezer, one-and-done meals for every occasion.
These satisfying meals include hearty stews and casseroles, roasts, healthy sides and everything in between. You'll enjoy:
Butternut Squash Bisque
Minced Beef Lo Mein
Ziti with Sausage and Peppers
Italian-Style Braised Pork Chops
French Dip Sandwiches
Sweet and Sour Prawns
And much more!
Hungry for your favorite meal from Chili’s, P.F. Chang’s, or The Cheesecake Factory? You can satisfy those cravings at home—without the expensive bill after dessert.
Bestselling authors Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are the authorities on getting the most out of your Instant Pot, having sold hundreds of thousands of copies of their Instant Pot Bible cookbooks. Now, they reveal the secrets to bringing all the flavor and excitement from dozens of beloved restaurants into your own Instant Pot—from Applebee’s and Buca di Beppo to Olive Garden and Ruby Tuesday.
Not only do these 175 original recipes taste like the real thing, they put you in control of the cooking. That means you can avoid processed foods, use the ingredients you prefer, and adjust each dish to meet your dietary needs. Plus, they have all been tested to work with every model of Instant Pot.
With Instant Pot Bible: Copycat Recipes, any night can taste like dining out on the weekend, featuring original Instant Pot versions of:
- Chipotle’s Queso Blanco
- Hale and Hearty’s Chicken Pot Pie Soup
- Red Robin’s Creamy Artichoke and Spinach Dip
- The Capital Grille’s Lobster Mac-and-Cheese
- P. F. Chang’s Spicy Miso Ramen
- Applebee’s Three Cheese Chicken Penne
- Buca di Beppo’s World-Famous Meatballs
- Cracker Barrel’s Sunday Pot Roast
- Café Rio’s Sweet Pork Barbacoa Tostadas
- Noodles & Company’s Pad Thai with Shrimp
- Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen’s Cajun Rice
- Marie Callender’s Famous Golden Cornbread
- The Cheesecake Factory’s Marshmallow S’mores Cheesecake
"Mark Scarbrough summons a host of greats — Chaucer to Henry James — to show the danger of accepting the stories we are told by our parents, our partners, and even the very authors whose books we treasure. In a brave, singular memoir that is equal parts charm, wit, and withering self-reflection, he recounts his journey through literature and life to find a self that is truly his.” --Will Schwalbe, New York Times bestselling author of THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB
“Scarbrough’s memoir is a riveting read, a story of his quest for love and home told in galloping prose that takes us through decades, identities, new beginnings, and second chances. It’s a brave delving into his personal history peopled with characters as indelible as those in the literature he reveres until discovering that real life can’t be read or performed. Luminous with grace and compassion, reflection and wit, it’s about who we are once we stop falling for the stories others tell us and those we tell ourselves.” --Helen Klein Ross, bestselling author of WHAT WAS MINE and THE LATECOMERS
A poignant, funny, and timely memoir that marries the intimacy and the sexual identity themes of Boy Erased with My Life in Middlemarch’s interest in the way literature shapes and influences our lives, written in the authentic Southern voice, deeply incisive wit, and with quirky but erudite observations evocative of John Jeremiah Sullivan's Pulphead.
Mark Scarbrough has been searching for something his entire life. Whether it’s his birth mother, true love, his purpose, or his sexual identity, Mark has been on a constant quest to find out who he really is, with the great Western texts as his steadfast companions. As a boy with his head constantly in a book, desperate to discover new worlds, he can hardly distinguish between their plots and his own reality. The child of strict Texan Evangelicals, Mark is taught by the Bible to fervently believe in the rapture and second coming and is thus moved to spend his teen years as a youth preacher in cowboy boots. At college, he discovers William Blake, who teaches him to fall in love with poems, lyrics… and his roommate Alex. Raised to believe that to be gay was to be a sinner, Mark is driven to the brink of madness and attempts suicide. Hoping to avoid books once and for all, Mark joins the seminary, where he meets his wife, Miranda. Neither the seminary nor the marriage stick, and Mark once again finds himself turning to his books for the sense of belonging he continues to seek…
In the tradition of beloved titles like The End of Your Life Book Club, Reading Lolita in Tehran, and The Year of Reading Dangerously, Bookmarked tells a deeply personal story through the lens of literature. An examination of one man’s complicated, near-obsessive relationship with books, and how they shaped, molded, ruined and saved him, Bookmarked is about how we readers stash our secrets between jacket covers and how those secrets ultimately get told in the ways that the books themselves demand.
In Ham: An Obsession with the Hindquarter, Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarborough take readers on a globetrotting tour of the whole wide wonderful world of ham, from the Philippines to Spain, the Caribbean, the American South, and their own home corner of rural Connecticut (where they buy and help raise a hog of their own). Gifted raconteurs and talented cooks, the pair ham it up with a series of hilarious stories and pig out on a hundred mouth-watering recipes. Don’t miss this feast.
If you're inclined to throw a dinner party, you probably do what most folks do: you make a few sides and maybe a salad, ask someone to bring dessert, and put a hunk of meat in the middle of the table, like the roast beast in The Grinch. But what about vegetables? Living in a meat-centric world, most of us simply don't know how to cobble together a series of vegetarian dishes that work together to create a perfect dinner party. Why? Because vegetarian cooking for dinner parties is not part of the American culinary lexicon, until now.
Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough take you by the hand and teach you not only how to make vegetarian and vegan dishes that everyone will love—from sweet pea samosas to warm vegan donuts, stews, braises, pastas, and more—but also how to actually build dinner parties starting with flavors, seasonality and availability, and even time and skill. Each recipe in Vegetarian Dinner Parties, which can certainly stand on its own, will be complemented by a wine or drink matching, and instructions for how to place the finished dish in the choreography of a 3-course dinner party.
Millions of people are turning to slow cookers for their weeknight meals yet often can't find recipes that match their exact machine. Adapting recipes meant for a different-size cooker doesn't work--getting the right level of spice in your Vietnamese soup or keeping pulled pork tender requires having ingredients in the right proportion. But now, Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough have decoded slow cookers, and each of their recipes includes ingredient proportions for 2-3 quart, 4-5 quart, and 6-8 quart machines, guaranteeing a perfect fit no matter what machine you own. Each recipe is labeled for its level of difficulty and nutritional value, and they cover every kind of dish imaginable: delicious breakfast oatmeals, slow-braised meats, succulent vegetables, sweet jams and savory sauces, decadent desserts. This is the slow cooker book to end them all.
Think your slow cooker is only good for hearty stews and soups? Think again, with this exclusive collection of 32 healthful recipes that show a slow cooker is the healthy cook’s secret weapon.
Featuring recipes like Tortilla Strata with Artichokes and Goat Cheese, Beef Shanks with Barley and Mushrooms, Scallops with Apples and White Wine, White Beans with Green Chiles and Tomatillos, and Applesauce Brownie Cake, eating well every day just got a lot easier. Best of all, each recipe is scaled for every size of slow cooker made today, from small 3-quarts to large 8-quarts for crowds. So, put your slow cooker in charge, and enjoy this collection of healthy and easy dishes.
From the authors of The Great American Slow Cooker Book, here are 32 all-new recipes that harness this kitchen appliance’s unique power to feed a crowd effortlessly. Best of all, each recipe features ingredient lists scaled for every size of slow cooker, from small 3-quarts to large 8-quarts.
This collection includes recipes for every holiday moment:
• Wake Up for the Big Day: Thanksgiving Morning Porridge; Blackberry Streusel Coffee Cake; Onion and Apple Strata with Cranberry Nut Bread; Marmalade French Toast; Brandied Cranberry Applesauce
• Holiday Soups: Cream of Artichoke Soup; Celery Root Soup; Honeyed Pear Soup; Deli-Perfect Chicken Soup
• Main Course Celebrations: Short Ribs Braised with Brandy and Cream; Beer-Braised Chili; Sauerbraten-Style Brisket; Corned Beef and Cabbage with Horseradish Sauce; Cider-Braised Ham; Pear-Stuffed Chicken Thighs Wrapped in Bacon; Coq Au Vin with Carrots and Onions; Turkey Breast with Classic Gravy; Turkey and Sweet Potato Hash; Capon Braised with Pine Nuts and Raisins; Lobster Tails in Vanilla Butter; Mussels with Apples and Brandy; Oyster Dressing; Shrimp Gumbo
• Vegetable Sides and Mains: Vegetable Tzimmes; Apple and Chestnut Dressing; Corn on the Cob; Braised Sweet Potatoes; Orange-Glazed Carrots with Pecans
• Desserts: Pumpkin Pudding; White Chocolate Pot de Crème; Steamed Christmas Cake; Pear Brown Betty
Even when you’re playing host to a crowd, now you can make batches of soup, side dishes, and even spectacular main courses without crowding your oven.