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Rice Cooker Meals: Fast Home Cooking for Busy People: How to feed a family of four quickly and easily for under $10 (with leftovers!) and have less ... up so you'll be out of the kitchen quicker! [Paperback]

Neal Bertrand
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Book Description

September 20, 2011
RICE COOKER MEALS: FAST HOME COOKING FOR BUSY PEOPLE contains 60 quick, easy meals you can make in a rice cooker, most in 30 minutes or less.
  • Enjoy delicious recipes that are less expensive and healthier than fast food.
  • One-pot cooking means LESS MESS TO CLEAN UP so you'll be out of the kitchen quicker!

You may say, "But we are meat and potatoes people. We don't eat rice."

Not a problem!
Most of these recipes don't use rice, anyway, like our Chicken Fajita Stuffed Potato.
Most people are astonished to learn how easy it is to cook nutritious meals in a simple rice cooker - meals such as Soups, Seafood, Casseroles, Pastas, Jambalayas, Potatoes & vegetables such as cabbage, yams, etc.

"IN A RICE COOKER?" Yes, they're all cooked in a rice cooker.

Here are a few recipes from the book: Easy Chili, Mexican Rice, Tex-Mex Pasta, Shrimp Jambalaya, Cabbage Casserole, Cajun Pepper Steak, Chicken Fried Rice, Rice & Shrimp Pilaf, Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Black-eyed Pea & Sausage Soup, Candied Yams with Marshmallows, Easy Smothered Potatoes & Sausage, and everyone's favorite - Black-eyed Pea & Sausage Jambalaya.

RICE COOKER MEALS offers a time-saving alternative to conventional cooking.
  • With this cookbook you will feed a family of four for under $10, and have leftovers!
  • Or a college student can eat like a King (or Queen) for an entire week!
  • Make mouth-watering feasts for your friends in just 30 minutes!
  • Prepare inexpensive meals for a full week that you can store in your fridge.


You can think of a rice cooker as a portable kitchen. All you need is this cookbook and an electrical outlet. This opens up a whole new way of thinking about cooking. Cook a meal practically anywhere!
  • Bring it to work and set it up in the break room, on a spare desk, or the office kitchen.
  • Bring it to the party, tailgating, church or social gathering you're going to and impress your friends with the tasty meal or appetizer you have prepared.
  • Provides fast, healthy meals for college students living in dorms or apartments.
  • Bring it along on RV or camping trips.
  • Remodeling your kitchen? Just moved in? Kitchen appliances not working? Use a rice cooker!
  • Power outage? A hurricane, blizzard or other calamity is messing up your day? Have a generator? Just plug in your rice cooker, eat and enjoy! Make this part of your Emergency Preparedness Plans.
  • Inexpensive - the Blackeyed Pea & Sausage Jambalaya recipe uses inexpensive ingredients and makes a huge pot full!
  • No need to heat up the kitchen with all the stove burners on. Just one rice pot plugged in, and it doesn't even have to be in the kitchen. Anywhere there is an electric outlet will do fine.
  • Children are using our cookbook recipes to win 4-H cooking contests!
  • It's great for retirees or empty-nesters who only want to cook a meal for two.
  • It's spontaneous - if guests drop by unexpectedly, throw a meal together quickly, so little or no planning necessary.
  • No need to stock exotic ingredients. Use ingredients you already have in your pantry, cupboard, refrigerator or freezer.
  • The cookbook also has two indexes so the recipes are easier to find: indexed by chapter and indexed in alphabetical order.
  • It has numerous testimonials from good cooks affiliated with the LSU AgCenter Homemaker Clubs. They tested the recipes and gave their honest opinions.
  • It includes short articles about time-saving tips on food preparation, how a rice cooker knows when the food is cooked, how to teach children to safely cook with a rice cooker, how to brown meat in a rice cooker, plus many more.

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Editorial Reviews


~The Spaghetti and Meatballs meal is the best I have ever eaten. Jo Parker
~LOVE this cookbook. Everything I have tried is fabulous! Lou Bain
~My husband got your cookbook. I tried your Taco Soup recipe. It was so good I can't wait to try more of your recipes. D. Lejeune, Iota, La.
~ I did the potatoes, green beans and sausage tonight. What a relief to have an easy, quick way to cook good food that is economical and doesn't require a whole lot of dishwashing!  Demetria
~ I made the Pizza Pastalaya tonight.  It turned out great, my husband went back for seconds. 
Donna Palmer

I'm a lousy cook. My kids usually ask me NOT to cook! They say I can blacken anything. I picked up your books (both the rice cooker book and slow cooker book) because I wanted to make life in the kitchen easier and less "blackened" meals! I had made your Chicken Fried Rice from the Rice Cooker Meals and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm out of rice today so I used spaghetti noodles and added frozen corn. Delicious! I'll be using both ways in the future! Even my pickiest eater liked it! Can't help but like something that makes me look good in the kitchen!
M. Barousse
Carencro, LA

From the Author

NOTE! All three of my cookbooks are available as Kindle ebooks and paperbacks!
I have been doing book signings/rice cooker demonstrations for years. I love cooking a rice cooker meal in a bookstore. The mouth-watering aroma fills the whole store from front to back. When the customers walk in from outside they look around to see where that wonderful aroma is coming from, and there I am waving to them and offering them a free sample. Once they taste my Blackeyed Pea & Sausage Jambalaya dish, they are hooked, so they have to buy a copy, and since they make a great gift, they buy extra for friends.
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What others are saying:
  • ~I heard you this morning on KPEL radio. I have purchased your cookbook and now am going to purchase a rice cooker for the first time. Ed Gomez, Lafayette, La.
  • ~I would like to buy your rice cooker book. I really need it. My kitchen is being remodeled and I will not have a kitchen. I just bought a rice cooker and I need a recipe book. Thanks. S. Knight, Redway, California
  • ~I got your ebook. YUM -  Could cooking be any easier?  Oh - maybe - If I had a maid. :-) Thank you ! Eileen Eisner
  • ~Made the Chinese Stir Fry with ham and loved it!  Definitely want to work my way through Rice Cooker Meals! Elizabeth Broussard
  • ~Thanks for the great recipes and ideas for using my rice cooker. I love your book. I'm sure this not an original idea, but I love making popcorn in my rice cooker. Keep up the good work. I appreciate your creativity. Fay Kennedy

Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Cypress Cove Publishing (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970586841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970586841
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Neal Bertrand was born and grew up in Opelousas, Louisiana, in the heart of Cajun Country.
* He has had experience as the owner of a successful printing business.
* He designed, created and printed a nutritional product catalog, selling 140,000 of them to product distributors.
* He wrote, designed, printed and sold 120,000 informational sales booklets to help recruit and sponsor nutrition distributors.
* He has over a decade of experience as an employee of a publishing company, helping his employer publish 40 magazine issues and 16 books, several of them being cookbooks.
* His first published book was the bi-lingual (English & French) "Cajun Country Fun Coloring and Activity Book" which he published for the artist.
* He then left his employment and published his fast-selling cookbook, "Down-Home Cajun Cooking Favorites" in 2005.
* The next cookbook he wrote is the popular "Rice Cooker Meals: Fast Home Cooking for Busy People" which shows how to cook a one-pot meal in 30 minutes using a simple rice cooker.
* His next cookbook was "Slow Cooker Meals: Easy Home Cooking for Busy People." It has 127 recipes you can cook in your slow cooker (crockpot).
* He published a historical fiction novel for a friend titled "A House for Eliza: The Real Story of the Cajuns."
* He is currently writing "Dad's War Photos: Adventures in the South Pacific." His father took 800 photos in WWII, so in conjunction with the Official Military Record (diary) of his battalion, he was able to trace his father's steps from boot camp to war and back home. This amazing work will be published soon in Kindle and paperback formats.
* Besides internet sales, he personally distributes and wholesales his books to retailers regionally. He has three grown children and is happily single again.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Cook book is a keeper ... April 18, 2009
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If you like "Cajun Cooking", you will like the recipes in this cookbook ... please note the recipes are developed using the "old style" rice cooker ... the ones I have tried in the "new style" (Sanyo) rice cooker did not turn out well ... less water is required when using the "new style" rice cooker ... I'm still working on a conversion ... the recipes I have tried using the "old style" rice cooker turned out great and were very good ... but the recipes are great even if you decide to cook them in a standard pot using the stove top ... RPH
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101 of 110 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for people watching their weight. February 26, 2009
Most of the dishes call for either sausage or cheese. "1 stick of butter" is also a common ingredient. So if you are watching your weight, you would not add these meals into your regular rotation.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this cookbook!! March 25, 2010
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My latest "kick" is rice cookers. I learned you can make entire delicious meals in them, not just cook rice. This cookbook makes rice cooking/entire meals easy. It's mostly a Cajun cookbook but you'll find many delicious other recipes too. I had a question, emailed the author, and he actually emailed me back with the answer!! Recipes are for 8 to 10 cup On/Off/Warm rice cookers, not for fuzzy logic cookers. Rice cooker recipes can be made in the fuzzy logic cookers but adjustments would have to be made. I'm also experimenting using olive oil instead of butter and the author has been helpful with that. I HIGHLY recommend this rice cooker cookbook for On/Off/Warm ricer cookers.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great rice cooker cookbook.... March 4, 2009
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This is a great cookbook for those who like easy, inexpensive ethnic meals in their rice cooker. The book is almost entirely recipes, easy to read, with common, easy to find ingredients as well as recipe suggestions by readers on each recipe for adjustments or substitutions. For those who don't like spicy, just buy the tomato products without chilies, and as for the book not being low fat-it never stated it was a low cal cookbook!

If your looking for more recipes for your rice cooker, this books a bargain at $10.
Recommended-4 stars.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simple to use and simply great!! November 1, 2010
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I wasn't sure I'd be able to get the hang of using rice cooker for anything but rice. But as soon as this book arrived I read it from cover to cover and could hardly wait to try his recipes. This book is a little gem. With a little imagination you can easily adjust ingredients to make your recipes more spicy, less spicy, beef instead of chicken, broth instead of canned tomatoes with chiles, less butter, etc. etc. This is a no brainer. To some people it might look too plain but that's fine with me. It's just a good, easy to follow, minimum preparation, delicious collection of recipes, some of which are typical of louisiana cooking....which is what the author himself did not dispute. I have never used as many recipes out of any cookbook I own..and I own a lot!!! I'm currently going through all the recipes but so far my favorites are Shrimp Jambalaya, Black Eyed Peas & Sausage Jambalaya, Tex-Mex Pasta, Chicken fried rice, and Mexican Rice. There are also soup recipes, yams, potato and cabbage recipes but haven't tried these yet. Mr Bertrand I'm anxiously waiting for your next cookbook, if there is one, but in the meantime thanks for this one!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Rice cooker cookbook I own October 21, 2008
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I love cajun food and this cookbook has alot of great easy recipes. It has quite a few everyday recipes like chili's and spaghetti, too. I use this cookbook more than any other one I own for the ricecooker.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New use for Rice Cooker June 4, 2010
I purchased a rice cooker several years ago while visiting the Konriko Country Store in New Iberia, LA. I used it a few times, then put it away and pretty much forgot about it. This past weekend I was back in New Iberia and saw this cookbook and was intrigued with the idea of using the cooker for something besides rice. After reading a little of the book in the store I purchased it and read all the recipes through. I couldn't wait to get home to try it.

The next day after arriving home, I made the Red Beans and Rice dish, and loved it. The following day I made the Ball Park Casserole for a neighborhood gathering. Needless to say, there was none left. I'm looking forward to trying all the different recipes, and I also intend to buy Neal Bertrand's stainless steel cooker, as I believe the stainless steel is safer to cook with than aluminum.

For anyone who loves spicy food, as I do, you can't go wrong with this book. If you don't own a rice cooker, you could make the recipes in a pot the traditional way.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Resource August 29, 2010
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Rice Cooker Meals is a small book. However, within its limited number of pages are many good meals, tips, and cooking pointers for the rice cooker owner who is looking to expand on the utility and flexibility of their rick cooker. In all, I would say that its a pretty good value.

Still, Rice Cooker Meals is somewhat limited. Most of the recipes it contains are focused on Cajun-style dishes. For those sensitive to how spicy their foods are, there is plenty of room to accomidate mild to wild tastes. Moreover, the Cajun-style focus is not as limiting as it might first appear since many of the recipies are rice or pasta-based, insuring that they work well with the rice cooker.

While the recipies alone insure that the book is a good value some of the tips and suggestions are real gold. For example, the author makes an excellent case for using the rice cooker to brown meat before using the meat in the core of some of the recipies included. Before I read this I wouldn't have considered the idea. However, I tried it and it works out well. The time and effort saved in clean-up alone made this suggest worth the purchase price of the book alone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great and easy recipes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Great service. Nice recipes; just not what I needed.
Published 1 day ago by ingrid kosar
1.0 out of 5 stars This book will discourage people from cooking, especially with a...
Most of the food recipes are bad, and the picture meant 1000 words, looking at the rice and vegetable on the pictures anyone could tell that they are all fail results, every dish... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chris Ng
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for RV'ing and Tailgating
The Black-eye Pea Jambalaya is one of my wife's favorites at an LSU football or baseball game when we are tailgating in our RV. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Don Lively
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Was Looking For!
This book is chock full of one-pot-meals that you can prepare and cook in your Rice Cooker appliance. Jambalayas, casseroles, pastas, soups, potatoes. Yum. Read more
Published 12 months ago by linen53
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Recipes
Good Book, every recipe in the book is just what I was looking for, something to use a rice cooker for other than cooking just rice.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good cookbook
Recipes work. Instructions are concise. Cost of ingredients are reasonable. I plan to use this book frequently. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jane J. Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars fair
I thought it would have had more recipes but I was disappointed. It will probably just sit on my shelf with all my other cookbooks collecting dust.
Published 14 months ago by Teresa Wolf
3.0 out of 5 stars rice cooker
the recipes that I use are very good but as in ALL cook books I only use a few of them
Published 19 months ago by Steven F. Magrum
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat limited
I purchased this at the same time as my rice cooker to get some ideas for using it for things other than just rice. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Robin Hartman
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