Monday, December 2, 2019

Air Fryer Revolution: 100 All-New Easy and Delicious Recipes - Urvashi Pitre

Summary: Best-selling author Urvashi Pitre is back with Air Fryer Revolution, the follow-up to her hit cookbook, Every Day Easy Air Fryer. In this all-new collection of 100 delicious recipes, Urvashi shows you how the revolutionary air fryer makes home cooking easier than ever. Air fryers are taking the country by storm, thanks to the device's fan-forced heat, so there is no need for pre-heating, and food cooks with a minimal amount of oil. The recipes can all be made in 60 minutes or less, many in as little as 30 minutes, so you cut back on energy bills and avoid heating up the whole kitchen. The air fryer saves space too, making it perfect for tiny city kitchens, dorm rooms, and RVs. With Urvashi's impeccably tested recipes, you start with fresh ingredients and let the cooker do the hard work, and you'll never get bored with Smoky Ham and Cheese Party Biscuits, French Garlic Chicken, Russet and Sweet Potato Gratin, Queso Fundido, Korean Beef Tacos, Bang Bang Shrimp, and more. (Summary and pic from goodreads.com)

My Review: If you've spent any time at all in the stores this holiday season (or the past couple years, actually), then you've heard of the air fryer. Maybe you have one, maybe you don't, maybe you're thinking of getting one (it's Cyber Monday, BTW, today is the day!). Anyway, I'm telling you right now that the air fryer is life changing, and you NEED (yes, in all capitals) to have Urvashi's cookbook to help you out. Actually, all of her cookbooks. But this one for sure.


We all know it's easy to jump on a bandwagon of kitchen gadgets and gizmos (I mean, you've got an Instapot, right?). But then you get them and you're not sure what to do and it's all confusing and then you wonder if you shouldn't have bought it and then all of a sudden you're questioning your life choices...it's an unnecessary rabbit hole, people. No need to question your life decisions. All you need to do is 1) Get an air fryer and 2) #trusturvashi

Now. I'm getting ahead of myself. If you've been involved at all in the Instapot world, you’ve probably heard of Urvashi. She’s the Queen of the Instapot and her butter chicken is known everywhere—it’s been featured many places online and on TV, and on tons of different food lists. You basically can’t type “butter chicken” into anywhere and not have her name pop up. I’ll save you the trouble and say you can just get it right here. Not only that, but she’s kind of a big deal on Facebook. She has several groups she runs (International Instant Pot, Air Fryer & More Recipes: TwoSleevers, Keto Low Carb Instant Pot Air Fryer Recipes & Support—Two Sleevers are two that I am a part of) and she is always posting delicious recipes and ideas and everyone loves her. So basically if you’re not a part of this yet, you should join right away. She’s kind, she’s funny, she’s smart, and there are a large group of people on there that know if Urvashi has created the recipe, then we should all just #trusturvashi. I’m not making this up—there is a member there who makes the cool plaques that say that (for all your food posting needs) and I kind of wish I had one. Urvashi also runs a website with a plethora of extremely delicious recipes that are easy to make and will change your taste buds forever. Here it is. You can go on there right now and plan dinner for a week and thank me later.

So here’s the deal. Urvashi knows her stuff. Her recipes are freaking delicious. They really are. My family and I love ethnic food of all varieties, and Urvashi has not only made that more accessible to us, but we have been able to create some seriously amazing and authentic dishes. I have kids of all ages, and we all #trusturvashi. Many of them will normally be very picky, and yet the Urvashi recipes have them converted with their delicious flavors and quick-cooking times. A couple of her recipes are staples that I go to all the time when I don’t have the mental capacity or time to think of something creative—I just go to an Urvashi recipe that is tried and true. I have several of them, but in fact, our very favorite recipe of all time (and the one I use when I’m making food for anyone, including my pickiest friends who won't eat any spices) is Persian Chicken Kebabs (Joojeh Kabab) from her first air fryer cookbook, Every Day Easy Air Fryer: 100 Recipes Bursting with Flavor.

I know what you’re saying—“Oh, I don’t do keto” or maybe “I don’t really want to buy an air fryer.” Stop with that negativity right now! First off, you don’t have to be keto to enjoy her recipes. They’re fantastic no matter what diet you are on (or not on). They’re just really yummy and tasty. I don’t follow a keto diet, and we have enjoyed so many, many of Urvashi’s lovely dishes. I love that her recipes are healthy—they rely on delicious combinations of spices and interesting flavors to create food that doesn’t make you miss  those bad-for-you foods that are so addictive. This is better! The air fryer is a miracle maker in this area. Questions? They’re all answered in Urvashi’s books. The recipes are authentic, they’re healthy, and they’re fantastic. The flavors of her recipes are so vibrant and delicious. Even if you’re not big into ethnic food, I would say Urvashi will change your opinions. She has something for everyone—big, bold flavor that is spicy and full-on amazing, or even delicately flavored food that even your pickiest eaters will love. If you’ve been considering an air fryer, you should get this cookbook with your air fryer. Seriously. It’s a game changer. Do you want to just have mediocre food and doubt your life choices? No! Urvashi can help you make things that will change your life and let you know that you’ve made a great choice.

There are lots of great cookbooks out there on air fryers. However, I’m telling you right now that Urvashi is your gal. I have both her air fryer cookbooks (I also LOOOOOVVVEE the first one, which I mentioned before with our favorite recipe of Persian Chicken Kababs) and I’m telling you I’m so glad I have both.  You don’t even need an air fryer to use them. She gives instructions on how to do it in a conventional oven. However, you will be super happy if you do make the air fryer investment. Don't just trust me on this--go see for yourself what All the People in the Land are saying about the fabulous and diverse air fryer. So now that you're getting an air fryer (hint hint) you need to get Urvashi's book to go with it.
Here are a few things that set Urvashi’s books apart from others:
1.        The woman knows her stuff. She’s not the kind of person who just writes a random cookbook with a few recipes she likes. No. She will tell you what to do, how to do it, where to get it, how you can sub it if necessary, and will basically make your life so simple with an air fryer that you’ll wonder why you didn’t get one sooner. She takes all the guesswork out of it because she has tested it so many times and tweaked it so many ways that by the time it gets to the reader, it’s freaking fantastic and you don’t have to worry a bit.
2.        There is a great community of support online and on her website to answer questions and give ideas. Urvashi herself is very involved and if one of the thousands upon thousands of other really nice people on there can’t help you right away, Urvashi will also help. I have yet to see someone who hasn’t had a problem fixed and a question answered.
3.       She loves to take the guesswork out and simplifies recipes. Many of her recipes are dump and cook kind of recipes that come together quickly. She’ll let you know when you can’t cut corners on something because you know that she has gotten the recipe down to the point where it’s perfect the way it is. She doesn’t have unnecessary steps or frivolous things just for the sake of it. She makes delish food and she makes it accessible for us to do it at home. I would like to consider myself an adventurous eater, and yet she has opened my eyes even more to cuisines I never knew and I am so glad for it.

I was so excited for this cookbook that I purchased it on pre-order months ago, and when it came out, I was cooking from it right away! It was just as fantastic as promised, and it’s hard for me to choose between her first one and this one. Here are a few of my favorites I’ve tried so far (and there are many, many more I am still working my way through). I have to admit that sometimes they’re so good I’ll make them several times instead of moving along to a new recipe (which is something I never do). I mean, what are ya gonna do?

Here are just a few recipes I’ve already tried and loved, just to give you an idea and wet your palate. There are so many, many more that were really yummy and others I can’t wait to try that aren't even on this list:
·         Harissa Shakshuka
·         Ras al Hanout—Roasted Carrots with Harissa Sour Cream
·         Roasted Cauliflower with Cilantro-Jalapeno sauce
·         Chicken Cordon Bleu
·         Brazilian Tempero Baiano Chicken Drumsticks
·         Chicken Jalfrezi
·         Cilantro Chicken Kebabs (Hariyali Kebab)
·         Ginger Chicken
·         Peanut Chicken
·         Bang Bang Shrimp
·         Tandoori Shrimp
·         Scallops Gratine with Parmesan
·         Bulgogi Beef
·         Chipotle Steak Tacos
·         Korean Beef Tacos

I literally use this cookbook at least every other day, or several times a week, and it is in regular rotation with her first air fryer book that I love. I’m telling you about this one today because Christmas is a-coming and this is a great gift to give or get! I like cookbooks, I have quite a few of them, but I don’t use all of them very often. I just have a few that I use a lot. This is one of those cookbooks. It's even a great price on Amazon right now, plus if you spend $20 on participating books (I mean, that's easy, right?) you get $5 off. It's like they're paying you to read. And cook with Urvashi, since all of her cookbooks are part of the deal. Here is the link.

And here’s a happy surprise—being Cyber Monday and all, one of Urvashi’s hit books, Keto Fat Bombs, Sweets & Treats: Over 100 Recipes and Ideas for Low-Carb Breads, Cakes, Cookies & More is on a super sweet Cyber Monday deal. Get that hereThis won’t last long and I’m telling you, you won’t be sorry. Also, her newest book, Easy Keto in 30 Minutes: More than 100 Ketogenic Recipes from Around the World, is ready for pre-order! Get it here! Remember how I said that you should just #trusturvashi and buy all her cookbooks? Now is a good time to start!

So... (and I'm being serious here, this is my "You should do this face"), if you’re looking for a way to cook healthier, and looking for a way to start it, I’m telling you, Air Fryer Revolution: 100 All-New Easy and Delicious Recipes is your answer.

My Rating: 5 Stars

For the sensitive reader: This book is clean.

1 comment:

mgg4 said...

"just #trusturvashi. I’m not making this up—there is a member there who makes the cool plaques that say that (for all your food posting needs) and I kind of wish I had one."

I am the person that makes those plaques. I am mark.galbraith on FB. Please send me your mailing address on Facebook Messenger and I will send you a free plaque. Your review is great. Thanks for posting it.

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