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The Everything Rice Cooker Cookbook (Everything (Cooking)) Paperback – August 18, 2010
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First and foremost the reviews panning this product were written quite obviously by American kids in college who don't know how to cook. Their complaints were: 1.I won't instantly have dinner without prep work, 2. It's a rice cooker, I guess that it was created to cook rice 3. I didn't know what the ingredients were. 4. I might use it sometime.
Hence -- I would like to say:
1.All of the ingredients in this cookbook can be easily found in your neighborhood grocery store, and the more exotic ingredients can be easily found in the Asian food section.
2. Yes. This cookbook requires that you chop a few vegtables.
3. If the recipe calls for an exotic mushroom use regular standard pre-cut, pre-washed mushrooms. And, if the recipe calls for shallots you can simply substitute green oions.
Now, with that out of the way, in reviewing this book, I would would like to clarify a few things. The first is that there are two types of rice cookers. The simple standard kind cost anywhere from $20.00 to $60.00 and they cook rice. You can also cook pasta in them and they will have an automatic shut off feature. This is the type of rice cooker that I would reccomend for Americans.
On the other hand, if you are of eastern descent, or you just love East Asian cooking and you would like to use your rice cooker in much the same way that people use slow cookers -- I would suggest that you purchase a "fuzzy logic rice cooker" for around $200.00. These machines are digitaly programable and will automatically know when your food is done which will allow you to cook all kinds of things in them besides rice.
If you have a large family and you're a working mom this will enable you to have dinner on the table really fast with minimum prep work. I say go for it. And, please give this book and Beth Hensperger's book on rice cookers a fair chance. Finally, if you know any of the American college kids who panned this book, because they can't cook, please suggest that they buy a slow cooker instead. :-)
* People who assume that they get their dishes without effort, this book involves prep work.
* People who want to cook their same old recipes from Betty Crocker, just with a new kitchen toy.
So, who should buy this book? Target audience for "Everything Rice Cooker" are primarily people whose kitchen is centered around the rice cooker and either have no fear of trying new stuff or grew up with Asian ingredients.
For these people, it's a beautiful book. The recipes are tasty, plenty of variations, and also easy to read (traditional book, cannot speak for the Kindle edition).
The book assumes that your main kitchen utensil is the rice cooker, if you have a lot of other kitchenware, it might be redundant for you. It will still be good read for new recipe ideas, but if you are set in your procedures in a traditional kitchen with a lot of pots and pans, it will be easier to cook the traditional way.
That being said, I also have an on-off rice cooker. This book is still not doing anything for me. Using the rice cooker for a lot of these recipes seems like a stretch when you could just as easily put a pot on the stove. If an on-off rice cooker is your only cooking appliance, maybe I could see these being useful, but The Ultimate schools this book in on-off recipes too.
You just bought a ten-pound bag of rice and a rice cooker (used, from the thrift store) and as you enter the driveway your husband asks, "What are you going to do with all that rice?"
You grin like the cheshire cat. Then as you unlock the front door you quietly pick up the small box on the doorstep,enter the house, and open the box. The box says, The Everything Rice Cooker Cookbook. Includes: Curried carrot and Ginger Soup. Fragrant Coconut rice. Rice Noodles with Beef . . . .
Oh. That's what you're going to do with all that rice.
You spend the afternooon reading the rice cookbook and thinking about what recipes you get to make first. That Thai-stle Shrimp Cakes recipe looks good . . . so does that fragrant coconut rice . . . . They've probably got another printing in print already.
Are you sure you bought enough rice?
Usually the publisher gives me a copy of the book on condition that I promise to write a good, impartial review. This time I had to buy the book myself. Publisher, would you give me another, similar book to review?
Dishes need some preparation, but they're worth it.
I easily found the ingredients required, probably because I'm in Asia.