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The recipes are easy to follow, I almost all ingredient on hand so I can get started. Every recipe I have tried has worked beautifully and tasted wonderful. I know own an air fryer with heating coils on top and bottom so I don't have to turn food over or shake the food if I don't want to so now the recipes are more fun to make. Favourite snack is roasted garbanzo beans. Best food dishes are steaks with roasted veggies. Thanks Meredith for your recipes.
A lot of recipes contained in this book. There are pictures for most every recipe. I have not made many, but they all look delicious. We have a large air fryer- not the basket kind, but the kind that is about the size of a large crock put with a lid. We found that we can do more reasonable sized batches in less time, then having to put tiny portions in with multiple batches. Anyway, this book and my fryer go well together. I don't think I would be ambitious enough to make most of these in a smaller fryer, so for that this book may be limiting.
I bought this book because I wanted to do more with my convection air fryer than just for hotdogs, chicken wings, and french fries. It produces less heat into my kitchen than my gas stove, so I want to be able to do more cooking in the summer- otherwise my house heats up too much. I don't know what to make in it, so I needed ideas to help me out. So this recipe book definitely has given me a slew of yummy ideas.
The book is nicely organized. The first 20 pages are an introduction with some tips, etc. The next sections are divided into food category. 1. Snacks and Appetizers 2. Breads and Breakfast 3. Steak and Burgers 4. Pork and Lamb 5. Chicken and Poultry 6. Fish and Seafood 7. Vegetarian Main Dishes 8. Vegetables 9. Desserts 10. A little More
Recipe pages include information such as, How many people it serves Temperature for cooking Cooking time, Ingredients directions Calories, carb, fiber, fat, sugar, protein
Also, little information tidbits, "did you know" ,"smart tips", "dress it up" etc
Recipes have stamps letting you know if they are gluten free, super easy, vegetarian,
I bought this due to the raves and seeing Meredith on QVC. She seems to know her stuff. Or is she like Mr. QVC, David Venable, and more of a gifted sales woman..?
This arrived and I perused the book. So many tips and wonderful looking recipes, I almost immediately came to rate this 5-stars. I am glad I held off until trying to make something from it.
I am new to air frying, but I have a lot of kitchen and cooking knowledge. I bought this because it seemed like a good beginner's guide to air frying, with some nice basic (but not too boring) recipes. This arrived and first of all, half of the book is dog--eared. No issue about that, but wanted to mention it. Then I decided to try the Philly Chicken Cheesesteak, on page 135. I am so glad that I read through the recipe before actually creating it. First of all, I found the instructions seemed a little confusing (says to use partially frozen chicken, for one; "partially frozen"..really..??? how can one tell what is "partially frozen"..???), so I looked to see if Meredith had a video for this one. I found her and David Venable (Mr. QVC) had a video that I found on pinterest of them making this. LONG STORY SHORT, I highly recommend watching that video if you intend to make the chicken cheesesteak stromboli in this book, as the instructions in the book are not very good. The instructions look fine at first in print, until you go to make the thing.
Now, the main issue I had was that this recipe required a 12 QUART AIR FRYER!!! I did not realize this until I watched that video (although I admit, I thought the recipe seemed 'too much' for my 3.2 quart air fryer, or even the larger 5 quart air fryers). I found it laughable that her and Venable said that all the recipes in this book could be made in a 3 quart air fryer, yet there they were, using a mammoth 12 quart air fryer.
Now, I have not really checked any of the other recipes to see if they can indeed "all be made in a 3 quart air fryer". But sadly, the first recipe I decided to try, no.
The recipes all "look good" in the book, but this makes me wonder about the accuracy and how well they might turn out.
Meredith Laurence seems to know her stuff, I have watched her many times, and she is an excellent teacher. So I had high hopes for this book. But so far, I am thinking..who edited this book..? But then Meredith has a video with Venable that shows a recipe that is not possible for smaller air fryers. I don't know about you, but I don't know many people with 12-quart air fryers.
I would not have been so disappointed, had there been a note in the recipes, stating that the recipe was made using a 12 quart air fryer. It is even mentioned in the introduction of the book that all the recipes were created using various 3 quart air fryers (page 6).
So far, while the recipes look promising, the first one out of the gate, is a fail. If someone did not see the video or was able to make an educated guess, the recipe likely would have been a disaster. Oh and my sliced onion also slightly burned and I did not even cook it as long as suggested (said to slice onion into shoestring slices on the video). I ended up having to bake the stromboli in the oven bc there was no way it would fit appropriately in my 3.2 air fryer.
A good book with possible potential, so I am not giving up. With all of the raves, I still have hope. I will make a couple other recipes and come back and update. But so far, out of the gate..not impressed.
I am an unabashed fan of Meredith Laurence. I have almost all of her pressure cooker cookbooks, so when I got the air fryer I turned to an author I trust to help me get the most out of the AF. She didn't disappoint. I bought Air fryer genius and Air Fry everything, and have been so happy with the recipes.
Recipes are laid out by ingredient, then directions, accompanied by wonderful pictures. Most recipes either have smart tips or did you know tips.
I've been trying to make crispy chickpeas for ages, they never seemed to work in the oven. but with the recipe in AF everything I have spicy crispy chickpeas, so yummy.
I'm not the biggest fan of the pickle craze, fried pickles, yuck. However, there is always that brine leftover that seems a waste. The pickle brined fried chicken is amazing. It's tender, it's slightly acidic, in a good way, from the brine but not overly salty or pickle forward. and the crispy result is so tasty. If you don't have pickle brine leftover she even gives you a quick and easy brine recipe.
`Mini hasselback potatoes are super easy to make and those crispy outer edges plus the creamy potato insides are a great side.
One recipe I maker so much I is the roasted `garlic and thyme tomatoes. They are so delicious. I can eat those every single day. And then I can toss them on a bit of pasta or pizza. they are delicious.
Dessert isn't ignored either. The glazed cherry turnovers, using frozen puff pastry, are delicious and a real treat.
When I bought my air fryer I ordered this book in the hope it would give me some advice about how the fryer's features and usage. The book fulfilled my expectations. It's professionally written and lavishly formatted, with a good table of contents and thorough index. The 36 recipes range from easy to moderate in complexity.
The only element lacking in the book was a discussion of an air fryer's limitations. In particular, it is necessary for all surfaces of the food to be accessible by the air stream to ensure outside crispiness. This precludes the stacking of items (e.g., chicken thighs) in the fryer, and in turn this limits how many portions can be cooked in a single operation. Many times I was forced to divide the items to be cooked and go through two cooking sessions -- and this when cooking entrees for only two people.
I learned to adapt some of the recipes for use in our full-sized convection oven. If cooking for three or more people, you'll have to choose between multiple cooking sessions in the air fryer, or using your full-sized convection oven to cook everything in one go.
A final tip: this book's apricot glazed chicken thighs get rave reviews.
I like everything about this book and author! Especially helpful is her general guide as to how to air fry vegetables, in the back of the book. (I hope it's in the back of this book; I borrowed another of hers from the library, so am not completely sure.) This book arrived in EXCELLENT condition. I have been cooking for decades and was, frankly, tired of it. However, my own health condition (Celiac Disease) necessitates me doing at least 95% of my own cooking. Air frying has truly given me a new enthusiasm for cooking. An air fryer is a fun new "toy" and this book and author boost the enjoyment tremendously!
You might think the internet has erased the need for cookbooks. And to a HUGE extent you're right. In fact I stumbled across Merideth Laurence because of her YouTube channel. So why did I buy this book and give it 5 stars? Because it is a great collection of recipes that I want to try. I may have two left feet and seven thumbs, but Merideth guides me to success after success with my air fryer. She is straight to the point both online and in her books. If you just want delicious recipe after delicious recipe without reading about someone's grandmother's story concerning heirloom tomatoes or seven affiliate links, Ms Laurence is the cookbook author for you.
I just received a small 3.7 qt Air Fryer as a gift. I would not have purchased one for myself as I did not think it would be something I would use much as I do not fry anything anyway. It actually has been more useful to me than I anticipated. I had downloaded a couple of Kindle air fryer cookbooks, but they were not really useful for the small round type of air fryer that I have. I normally do not buy cookbooks as I rarely follow a recipe completely. I am blessed to be a fairly good cook that does not have to rely on cookbooks unless baking something that requires a recipe with accurate measurements. I checked this book out from my local library prior to purchasing it so I could determine if the book would be useful to me. It is a fairly basic cookbook with recipes that are not difficult. I will modify some recipes to suit my personal preferences (make my own bread dough versus purchased dough), but the recipes are actually designed for my type of air fryer. I can use the book as a basis for developing other recipes also. I felt that the book was useful enough that it was worth purchasing a copy for myself. The majority of the recipes show a picture. There are no nutritional values for most of the recipes. Most of the recipes are healthier versions of normally fried foods except for the dessert section of course. The recipes do not require a lot of strange or unusual ingredients. Most of the ingredients would normally be found in a well stocked pantry.
Because I'm a gadget person I bought an air fryer. After all what is not to love about that whole concept? Fried food, less oil? Easy, small batches on command? Love it. But then i started hearing from my friend how she does this and that and the other in her air fryer. I found this cookbook.
Every picture in this cookbook looks realistic, although, of course, plated so perfectly. They added to the recipe and helped us know what we to anticipate when something 'looked done'. The pictures were bright and colorful.
Most, if not all of the recipes, were easy to follow and required very minimal extra work. Most of the recipes, if not all, required ingredients we had on hand so it was easy to get the cookbook one day and start making something that night in the air fryer. The directions were clear and easy to understand and the recipes we have tried so far have turned out lovely.
The best part of this book though was the first 15 or so pages where the author spent some time talking about how they work, hints and techniques, etc. That was a huge help.
I'd buy this book again and I'd suggest it to my friends how buy and air fryer.
It would have been a 5 Star if the pages weren't coming apart. The book itself is well written. I will be trying some of those recipes. Love the pictures! The cookbook also has recipes for Vegetarian, also quick recipes, etc. Nice layout!