hip pressure cooking - pressure cooker recipes & tips!

Hip pressure cooking is about harnessing the flavor from natural ingredients with pressure – no processed foods, just whole ingredients!

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Enough with pressure cooker books and websites teaching you how to make the same ‘ol brown runny stews, beans and soups or telling you to “cook” by adding a can of this and packet of that!

Get ready for a new kind of cooking: hip pressure cooking. Which brings new ingredients, recipes and techniques to the pressure cooker to make your everyday cooking faster, healthier and easier.. all with less energy!

We’re dedicated to using whole foods, fresh ingredients and unadulterated recipes. The recipes are either conceived for, or adapted to, the pressure cooker through trial and error.  We will not publish a recipe unless it has been tested several times to get consistent results in all pressure cooker types.  We photograph what really comes out of the pressure cooker – no tricks. What you see is what you will get.

Hip pressure cooking readers are from all over the world, though the majority of them (+80%) are American so  ingredients and directions are written with the American cook in mind (for example tomato puree instead of passata, or peppers instead of capsicums) – if you ever have any doubt about a recipe, just ask in the comments section below that recipe. The website was launched in the summer of 2010.

the founder

laura_pazzagliaLaura Pazzaglia has lived in four countries (U.K, Italy, U.S.A, and Austria), speaks three languages (English, Italian and German), has two children (Vittorio and Adriana).

She has written two books on pressure cookery: The Everything Healthy Pressure Cooker, Hip Pressure Cooking: Fast, Fresh & Flavorful and is working on her third tome in addition to writing for several top-notch culinary websites.

Slicing eggplant for the dip - during pressure cooker demonstration in New York.
Pressure cooker demonstration in New York.

She is an industry-recognized expert in pressure cookery serving as a consultant for manufacturers in  Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Canada and Spain and performing demonstrations for them  various cities in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada,  Germany, Italy and Luxembourg in addition to providing manufacturers with fresh insights for their new  and up-coming models, sharing custom recipes and content to use on their websites and in their recipe booklets.

Laura does more than just write and test recipes, her books and articles explore the mechanics of pressure cooking, how ingredients react under pressure and the nutritional benefits of pressure cooking- one of her articles is cited in scientific literature.

She is credited for starting the pressure cooking egg craze in 2011- when she figured out the cooking time and technique for steaming eggs in the pressure cooker and found that it made them easy-to-peel. Her experiments brought many pressure cooker-first recipes and techniques including al dente pressure cooker pasta and sauce,  potato salad that holds its shape, chicken and rice that are perfectly cooked,  an instantly hot Tabasco sauce and many more.

Laura enjoys sharing what she has learned in nearly 15 years of pressure cooking research and experimentation to enable cooks to improvise their own or follow her no-fail recipes – which are guaranteed to succeed in both stove top and electric pressure cookers.

She has appeared in several infomercials and pressure cooker demonstration videos. But, mostly, she really enjoys giving classes and live product demonstrations where cooks can taste the benefits of pressure cooking.  She produced a free video series, Pressure Cooking School, to reach and teach more cooks the ease of pressure cookery.

Currently, Laura lives in Italy near Rome and travels frequently to the United States and Europe to share her passion for kitchen technology. She spends her free time practicing combat sports – she holds a blue belt in Shotokan Karate and is a Mixed Martial Arts beginner.

Previously, she spent a decade as an information technology professional in San Francisco and California’s Silicon Valley.

latest accomplishments, mentions, & interviews!

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    • Provided recipes and photographs to manufacturer that translated into French and German and published in their newsletter and website.
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    • Held pressure cooker demonstrations and technique introductions to pressure cooker manufacturer in  GermanyLuxembourg, and the headquarters of allrecipes.com  Seattle (USA)
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    • Presented about pressure cookers and possible recipes and cooking techniques at the cooking school of La Cucina Italiana magazine headquarters in Milano, Italy.
La Cucina Italiana
  • Provided recipes for pressure cooker manufacturer recipe book
    Fagor Recipes
  • Provided recipes and photographs to be used in Italian point-of-sale brochure
    Fissler Brochure
  • Featured and Interviewed as Celebrity Chef on manufacturer website
  • Scroll further down to see links to guest posts and mentions on top foodie websites!

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Laura could not present you with delicious, solid recipes without the support, testing and inspiration from her mother-in-law, Margherita (who has 5 pressure cookers and lives in Southern Italy), sister-in-law Katia (who just received her first modern pressure cooker and lives in Nashville, TN), her Italian copy-editor and fixer of creative translations Lina (who lives in Tuscany), her neighbor and friend Giuseppina (a busy working mom) and countless readers who take the time to leave comments and suggestions at the bottom of the recipes on this website.

what others are saying…

Laura is full of enthusiasm for pressure cooking and is very adventurous. Her photographs are gorgeous, and she’s doing a great job of showing her blog readers just how versatile pressure cooking is and why the ‘pc’ deserves a place in everyone’s kitchen.” – Lorna Sass, Pressure Cooking Queen, author of several Pressure Cooking books, including the groundbreaking Cooking Under Pressure

I’m thrilled and inspired to find a kindred pressure cooking spirit in Laura. I like that her recipes are straightforward and use seasonal ingredients. I’m sure that her Hip Pressure Cooking blog will reach and inspire readers to pick up a pressure cooker, get into the kitchen and cook. Thanks Laura!” – Jill Nussinow, The Veggie Queen, author and creator of Pressure Cooking, a Fresh Look DVD

..our blog of choice for pressure cooking goodness. Perfect for newbies to the wonders of pressure cooking and more than interesting for those of us who have been cooking under pressure for years” – An Island Gourmand

It is about time for some ‘new blood’ in pressure cooking!” – Avid Reader of Hip Pressure Cooking

hip pressure cookers

Laura with her pressure cookers
We regularly rotate the pressure cookers used and photographed in my recipes, but often, we’re asked what they are and how we like them. Read our detailed pressure cooker reviews to see what we really think about each one!

Want to see your pressure cooker on this website?  Contact us at info@hippressurecooking.com

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We’re looking to partner and collaborate with key companies to bring new cooks to pressure cooking and teach them about equipment and ingredient innovations. We  provide pressure cooker manufacturers with free published recipes and photographs to use with their product, or exclusive content for their activities to promote pressure cooking.

World-wide pressure cooker demonstrations are also possible for minimal cost.


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