Inspired by this, and since I had an empty kitchen, I decided to get a pressure cooker. I had never used one but I hope it will be for keeps. So far I am having a good time with Fagor's Splendid 2-in-1 pressure cooker set. The set consists of a 4-litre and 6-litre stainless steel pot with good handles, and two different lids - one which looks like most glass lids while the other a pressure cooker lid. One can use these interchangably because they have the same diameter. There is also a steamer basket which I have yet to unwrap.
It would be unfair to compare pressure cookers to good old cast-iron Dutch ovens. The former is used when under time constraint; the latter when you know that something lovely is simmering very slowly in the kitchen, and the waiting makes it even more rewarding.
Sure there are stories about pressure cookers exploding or how unsafe it is but I believe in reading manuals and taking precautions before using a new tool. At the very least, show a little respect for the things you use and take good care of them. And there'll be many meals to come, satisfying one's craving for Japanese curry or a hearty beef stew, especially when the temperature drops.