Thursday 4 April 2019

Book ~ "Air Fry Every Day: 75 Recipes to Fry, Roast, and Bake Using Your Air Fryer" (2018) Ben Mims

From Goodreads ~ The air fryer is the newest must-have kitchen appliance and it's easy to see why: favorite fried foods come out perfectly crispy and crunchy, using little to no oil, and have a fraction of the calories that their traditionally fried counterparts have. The high-powered convection heating translates to faster cook times and with so little oil, you'll have easy clean-up too. 

"Air Fry Every Day" shows you how to use your air fryer to create healthier fresh takes on comfort food classics, crowd-pleasing snacks and kid-friendly dishes such as buffalo wings, coconut shrimp, shoestring fries, stuffed blooming onions with lemon aioli, and spiced sweet potato wedges with garlic yogurt dip. You'll also find deliciously unexpected ways to put your air fryer to use in recipes such as golden bread crumb-crusted cider-brined pork chops, crispy air-fried rice and beautifully bronzed whole heads of cauliflower. 

An air fryer is also incredibly versatile: with its powerful convection heating, it can bake, roast and steam at superfast speeds, so in addition to craveworthy "fried" foods, you'll find recipes for roasted meats, breads, pizzas, and even desserts and sweet baked goods--you may never turn your oven on again. With recipes that are creative, fast, and foolproof, and essential tips and techniques to maximize your air fryer's capabilities, "Air Fry Every Day" is the best reason why you should add this tool to your arsenal of kitchen gadgets. 

Gord and I received an air fryer as a Christmas gift in December.  We liked it so much that we bought a second one.

This book started with an introduction about the air fryer.  Included was a history of how it was created a decade ago to give French fry-obsessed Europeans a way to make French fries in their tiny apartment kitchens without the hassle of heating gallons of hot oil and figuring out how to disposed of it afterwards.  I didn't know that!  Next is Air Fryer 101 ... how to choose an air fryer model, how to use presets, shake stir fry, don't overload the basket, know your hot spots, use pans to expand your air fryer possibilities and how to use oil in the recipes.  Then he discussed making your ordinary everyday foods such as frozen foods, toast, leftovers, cookies, etc.

The recipe sections are:
  • Breakfast and brunch
  • Appetizers and snacks
  • Main events
  • Vegetables
  • Savory breads
  • Sweets

There were lots of delicious sounding recipes that didn't sound too hard that I would like to try.  It would have been nice if there was a picture included for all the recipes rather than just a handful.

I liked that there was a short story before each recipe make it more personal for the author.  It would have been nice if prep times, cooking times and nutrition (calories, amount of fat, protein, carbs, etc.) had been included with the recipes.

I read this book on my iPad and I found that it wasn't formatted well for it.  Regardless of whether I held my iPad horizontally or vertically, the recipes sprawled over different pages ... it would have been nice if all the information was viewable on the screen rather than being cut off to another page (I wasn't able to reduce the font size to make it fit).

Here is the recipe for a Samosa Vegetable Pot Pie that sounds and looks delicious:

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