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Air Fryer Recipe Books (updated)

If you are looking for air fryer recipe books, you will be hard pressed to find many! I can only find three, and one of those seems to be an electronic edition only (e.g. for the Kindle). So, if there are any budding authors out there, why not think about producing your own? This appears to be what one enterprising cook has done! One author was quite quick off the starting blocks when the Tefal Actifry was launched. This author, Paul Brodel, has produced two books which have become popular because of the lack of suitable books and recipes for both the Philips and Tefal air fryers. These are entitled Hot Air Fryer and Hot Air Frying & More. The Kindle book is called The Actifry Cookbook. To be fair, all these books are more aimed at the Actifry given it has been around for longer and there is a desperate need for more for the Philips Air Fryer in particular. However, let’s take a quick look at what is available and if you want to take a closer look at either of them, just follow the links or click on the pictures for more information.

 

 365 Days of Air Fryer Recipes: Quick and Easy Recipes to Fry, Bake and Grill with Your Air Fryer

The Only Air Fryer Cookbook You’ll Ever Need Includes a PDF file with photos of all the recipes Hot Air Frying: A Surprising Way to Cook Your Food Whether you are yet to buy an air fryer or you already own one,

Hot Air Fryer – Paul Brodel 68 pages of recipes from stir fry’s to classic dishes and desserts. Starters Chips & Variations Garlic Mushrooms in a Creamy Sauce Hot Coronation Chicken Honey & Mustard Sausages Ratatouille Roast Potatoes Roasted Tomato Soup Roasted Vegetables Scallops & Bacon with a Pea Puree Tomato & Bacon Sauce Mains Chicken Livers & Bacon Chicken Provençal Chicken Teriyaki Chicken Tikka Masala Curried Lamb Chops Duck in Orange Sauce Halibut & Prawns Meatballs in a Tomato Sauce Mixed Bean Chilli Pea & Bacon Risotto Pork Fillet with Broccoli Potato & Bacon Breakfast Satay Chicken Sausages in Red Wine Gravy Spanish Chorizo with Potato Steak in a Pepper Sauce Sweet & Sour Chicken Desserts Caramelized Bananas Cheats Crumble Mango, Cinnamon & Honey Raspberry Compote for Trifle. Reviews are mixed, some find the recipes good, and others suggest there should be more recipes. As mentioned previously, this was really written for the Tefal Actifry and as such, some recipes won’t be suitable for the Philips Air Fryer.

Hot Air Fryer & More – Paul Brodel If you have a Philips Air Fryer you may find more recipes that you can use in this edition as it attempts to cater for both fryers although the jury may still be out on how successfully this is done. 67 pages covering a range of recipes including, shredded duck for pancake rolls, Thai green curry wings, Mango chicken, Tandoori lamb, boozy cherry pancakes and upside down apple crumble for example. Both of these books are not “high gloss” type books, but are useful basics for at a low price.

 

 

The Actifry Cookbook – M Scott This is a new book, so there is not much information available although it seems to be aimed at those with the Actifry. It is said to have an eclectic mix of recipes but there are a couple of repetitions from the Tefal book. That said, you will find recipes for spiced dishes, currys, vegetarian options (hurrah!) and even one to tell you how to cook a full English in your air fryer. I haven’t actually seen this edition and don’t know how many pages or recipes are included. This is available in the Kindle version at £4.64, but as with many electronic books (follow the picture link), you may find some spelling and formatting errors although this doesn’t detract from being able to understand what you should be doing!

The Tefal Actifry cookbook is now available in hard copy at £7.57

NEW! March 2014

The Skinny ActiFry Cookbook – by Cook Nation The Skinny ActiFry Cookbook Guilt-free & Delicious ActiFry Recipe Ideas: Discover The Healthier Way to Fry! The Tefal ActiFry is a fantastic new way of cooking that once discovered you won’t be able to live without!! Offering you inspiration and exciting new recipe ideas ‘The Skinny ActiFry Cookbook’ makes the most of this innovative and versatile appliance, opening your eyes to a huge choice of nutritious & delicious recipes which will change the way you cook forever! So what are you waiting for? Get more out of your ActiFry now and discover the healthier way to fry! Recipes in this exciting new book include: Chicken Teriyaki & Noodles Spicy Ginger Chicken Wings Chinese Chicken & Asparagus Mexican Chicken Garlic & Basil Chicken Dry Rub Crispy Chicken Thighs Coriander Chicken Chicken & Spinach Kofta Chinese Pork, Mushrooms & Cabbage Spanish Fried Rice Italian Beef & Beans Beef Kheema Cocoa Stir Fried Beef Beef & Purple Sprouting Broccoli Moroccan Lamb & Olives Greek Lamb Kebab Beef & Cheese Meatballs Sausage Gnocchi Mixed Beans, Beef & Rice Pork & Apple Juice Thai Pork Lightly Spiced Squid Rings Garlic & Spring Onion Prawns Salt & Pepper Prawns Thai Curry Stir Fry Scallops Chorizo & Rice Stir Fried Soft Shell Crab Balsamic & Rosemary Glazed Vegetables Tenderstem Broccoli & Anchovies Creamy Pancetta & Sprouts Spicy Garlic & Lemon Kale Crispy Honey Carrots Sweet Tomatoes, Asparagus & Spinach Parmesan French Beans.

Currently £4.99 including free delivery or £1.99 for the Kindle edition

 

The Skinny Hot Air Fryer Cookbook

Hot Air Frying is a revolutionary new way of cooking that once discovered you won’t be able to live without!

Whether you own an ActiFry, AirFryer, Halo Health or any other counter-top hot air fryer the all new ‘Skinny Hot Air Fryer Cookbook’ is what you have been waiting for.

Offering you inspiration and exciting new lower calorie/lower fat recipe ideas ‘The Skinny Hot Air Fryer Cookbook’ makes the most of this innovative and versatile appliance, opening your eyes to a huge choice of nutritious & delicious recipes, which will change the way you cook forever!

So what are you waiting for? Get more out of your hot air fryer now and discover the healthier way to fry!

Recipes in this NEW book include: Double Chilli Prawns & Green Beans, Spring Green Gnocchi, Five Spice Steak & Savoy Cabbage, Crispy Chicken Fried Rice, Pork Tenderloin & Spring Vegetables, Tequila & Cayenne Chicken, Cajun & Coriander Drumsticks, Beef & Rosemary Meatballs, Lime & Peanut Stir Fry, Sweet Five Spice Chicken, Crushed Mango Potatoes, Zucchini Crisps, Sweet Potato Coconut Fries, Spicy Fried Lime Potatoes

Plus MANY MORE….

The Low Fat Air Fryer vs Other Hot Air Fryers

Even if you already own a low fat air fryer, you may still find this site useful as there are several decent recipes and ideas that will help you make the most of your new kitchen aid. If you are thinking about getting one, you will find this site really useful in helping you to decide whether to get one, or which one to get!  If you have arrived here as you are trying to lose weight or for medical reasons you have to cut down on your fat intake, don’t go away! These machines are ace for low fat cooking (especially chips!)  So, you may have guessed, there are two types of low fat fryer – a combination more ‘standard’ type and then the low fat air versions such as the Philips AirFryer or the Tefal Actifry which are both well supported.

Where traditional deep fat fryers will require you to submerge the food in hot oil, the Tefal and the Philips circulate very hot air heated up to 200c to heat the food and provide a crispy outer layer. The air is pushed around the food, albeit chips, fish or chicken to brown them off making this type of frying a much healthier option. Food is cooked quickly and cleanly with handmade thin cut chips taking from as little as 12 minutes depending on the model, and frozen oven ready French fries taking a little less time as they are partly cooked.

Philips Air Fryer

Philips Air Fryer Now £84!

An air fryer is also useful for people who are nervous of traditional chip pans and deep fat fryers, which are well known to be the start of many a fire in our homes (including my mother-in-law who walked off and forgot it, resulting in a hefty insurance claim). In fact, there are around 12,000 chip pan fires every year in the UK alone and, as a direct result of these fires, about 50 people will die. They are also useful for people who find it difficult to grip pan handles or who tend to shake a lot, as they will not be involved in dealing with boiling fats.

Where the low fat air fryers benefit the most is of course the fact that they use much less fat when cooking. This can be as much as over 80% less fat than conventional types of fryer require to cook and brown your food. In fact, if preparing your own fries, you can get the fat level down to 1.5%.  Although the jury may be out on that one, it’s not rocket science to realise that there is an enormous saving in terms of the amount of fat you put into your body!  It has been estimated that in the UK, where chips are particularly popular, that we get through approximately 240 thousand kilos of this type of hidden fat each and every year.

If you happen to be trying to lose weight, then chips and chocolate are probably high on your cravings list. Obviously, air fryers can’t do much about the chocolate side of things, but by their very nature, they can allow you to still eat ‘proper’ chips and deal with that particular craving. So, if you have a dislike for the cardboard taste of some oven chips, this may be your answer, as manufacturer’s claim they taste just like the more fatty variety.

You can put fresh or frozen products in Tefal and Philips Airfryer which of course work independently of any oven, so you can get a meal on rapidly if you’ve been out all day. A bonus for many!

NOTE.………..  And The Best News – The Tefal Actifry is NOW REDUCED TO £94.99.  if you follow the links on this page the Tefal ActiFry FZ700015 Low Fat Electric Fryer. The Philips AirFryer (pictured above) is currently reduced to £84!! (The deals can vary from day to day so you may need to check all of the models.)

If you are looking for air fryers and you live in the USA, please try here as the links on these pages are mainly for the UK.

For And Against Buying A Low Fat Air Fryer (v. long!)

Perhaps you have been thinking about the idea of giving a low fat air fryer a try, but you are just not convinced if it is for you. If you keep coming back to the idea, then here are some thoughts for you to consider.

Common Thoughts Against Buying Air Fryers

It is often wise if you are unsure to look at some negative points of doing something and some people hesitate to try these air fryers for many reasons including the following.

1. Container isn’t large enough for their family
2. What you can do in the low fat air fryer you can easily do in the oven or on the stove
3. Can’t be bothered to work out how to use one
4. Don’t have the space for another gadget.
5. Too expensive and it’s a lot of money just to cook chips!
6. They break!

Well, all the above reasons for not investing in a low fat air fryer are valid ones, so let’s look at them one-by-one.

The usefulness of the container size depends on what you are cooking and the size of your family. Most people buy these fryers to make low fat chips or fries and you can get one kilo of chips in the Tefal, so you could get away with enough for two adults and two children. If you have a larger family, Tefal do a larger machine. Generally, you are looking at a capacity that is suited to between two and four people.

Of course you can prepare the same foods in the oven or on the stove. Then again, we could boil a pan of water to make coffee on the stove, but there are few households that don’t own an electric kettle! That said, looking at our example of chips. To produce a low fat edible version there is much faffing around, par-boiling potatoes and shaking them up in the pan before you spray them with oil and put in the oven for half an hour turning half-way through. With the air fryers, you just chip your potatoes, add up to a tablespoon of oil and switch on. Some models require a shake half way through but that’s it. The timer pings and out come your chips while you’ve been doing something else.

Space can certainly be an issue as the Tefal model is certainly quite large. The Philips has a much smaller footprint but is higher, so you may also have an issue getting it in a cupboard! Indeed if you have a small kitchen, then you should think carefully about getting a low fat air fryer and possible storage issues. The Tefal in particular is a little large to leave out on the work top.

It’s a myth that you can only cook chips in a low fat air fryer. What else you can do depends on the model but this may include stir fries, roast potatoes, sausages, chicken and other meats, curries, reheating of part-baked bread, muffins, stuffed peppers and more. A little thought and many other recipes can be adapted. Yes, they are not cheap but there are always bargains to be found. On this site, we try and keep up with the current cheapest options so you can save time by following our links to reputable online shops.  As of today, you can get both makes for just £99!

As for worrying how to use a fryer, they are much simpler to use than a traditional oil fryer. Basically, switch it on and set the timer. When you’ve finished, pop the parts in the dishwasher and that’s it. There are numerous videos on the Internet to show you the simplicity of these machines and their versatility so don’t worry.

As for breaking…. Everything does at some point. If you are worried about parts breaking as you have read the reviews, please keep in mind that these are related to an older version of the Tefal. The Philips Air Fryer does not have the moving parts that have had bad reports of breaking but is really too new a machine to have had that many bad reports. With the Tefal, if you get a newer model you should be safe as they have adapted the design to improve on past issues. Always remember though that you have your 12 month warranty to fall back on and parts for the Tefal are readily available.

To go straight to the cheapest deal for the Philips CLICK HERE, for the Tefal CLICK HERE.

Reasons For Buying Air Fryers

1. Health concerns
2. Weight loss benefits
3. Safety
4. Ease of cleaning
5. Independent and versatile cooking
6. Easily transportable

One of the main benefits of owning a hot air fryer is for health reasons. Basically, if you are not using as much oil or fat in your cooking then it has to be better for you. If you are trying to lose weight, then using much less oil has an obvious advantage. Many people buy these machines to make very low fat chips and believe me, this is the closest you will get to the deep fried variety we all know and love! If you are diabetic or have problems with gall stones for example, then you need to cut down on your fats or suffer the consequences. This method of cooking will be ideal for you.

Safety is another great benefit for air fryers. With traditional fryers there is always the danger of hot oil spillage. If you have young children or weak wrists for example, you would need to be particularly careful. With these fryers, there is no heavy pan of boiling oil to contend with – although care should still be taken with small children around the kitchen as the outside of the appliance will get quite hot.

Other benefits include being able to cook foods without putting on your main oven which is particularly useful in the warmer months. They are easier to clean than your oven or a traditional oil fryer. If you own holiday property, rent self-catering property or a caravan, they are also easily transportable to use there. I have my doubts you would have room in a caravan, but that’s for you to determine.

As you may see, owning an air fryer is worth thinking about. Now that you have considered all these reasons for and against, I suggest you re-evaluate whether you still really want one and if you do, what are you waiting for? Check out the Philips Air Fryer and the Tefal Actifry on this site to help you make your decision which would be best for you.

To go straight to the cheapest deal for the Philips CLICK HERE, for the Tefal CLICK HERE.