Meet the Foodi
I’ve seen the struggle. Putting food on the table, whether for yourself, for family, or for friends, can be stressful. But we all need to eat, so why not make the process easier, faster, and, with only one pot to clean, more streamlined? The Foodi and I are on your team—we are here to help.
As a chef (you may have seen me on Food Network) and former restaurant owner, you may wonder why I am here telling you to go out and buy a one-pot, do-it-all gadget. Well, it’s because I know what the Foodi can do. I’ve seen it transform people’s cooking experience, making it easier, faster, and more pleasant and delicious (just ask my mother-in-law). I also helped the smart, fine folks at Shark Ninja develop, design, test, and perfect the Ninja Foodi. That’s right, I was at the Ninja headquarters putting this device through its paces to create a kitchen appliance that I truly believe is game-changing. Use it a few times, and you, too, will discover how, with the push of a button (or a few buttons), you can take a lot of the work out of getting a meal on the table. The Foodi bakes, air crisps (or what some people like to call air-frying), roasts, broils, pressure-cooks, and slow-cooks, too.
The Foodi stands out from other countertop appliances both in style and in performance. It allows you to replace at least four appliances—your multicooker, a slow cooker, the electric or stovetop pressure cooker, and the air-fryer—with one multiuse pot. I’m not saying the Foodi will replace your whole kitchen, but it comes awfully close. In fact, I wrote and developed every recipe for this book while living in a 30-foot recreational vehicle (yes, an RV!). I had a knife, a cutting board, some bowls, and my Foodi, and while working on the recipes, I did my best not to use any special equipment like blenders, food processors, or stand mixers (if I do call for another appliance, it’s always optional. The Foodi is like a competent kitchen assistant. And having such an assistant will allow you to make delicious meals with little effort.
It is my goal that using this book in conjunction with the Foodi will help you prepare meals for yourself and those you care about, all the while feeling good about doing so. If I can be of any assistance, feel free to direct message me on Instagram. I mean that. The Foodi is new, and when you create something new, mistakes can happen (though these recipes—and the Foodi—have been tested enough that I feel it’s highly doubtful!). What I do recommend is using your Foodi a whole bunch of times before you invite people over for dinner. That way, you’ll get the feel for it and be able to iron out any quirks before you try it out on a visiting dignitary. Now, with the Foodi at your side and this book on your counter, venture forth, and “cook like nobody’s eating.”
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