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The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker Paperback – September 21, 2010
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First, it lets you know that you really can cook other foods besides rice in the most basic (or fancy) rice cooker.
Second, it's not an extensive recipe book. There are some recipes, yes, but the book encourages you to try your own ideas.
Third, the text is lively, witty, and entertaining. Roger Ebert's voice is not stilled.
Fourth, buy it just to read it as a book, but you'll probably end up also buying a rice cooker or using the one you have for more foods than rice.
It's a blog entry.
The book's first section is the long blog entry from Ebert's blog about how to use a rice cooker to make all the food you need to eat. It's a great blog entry. It's funny, and informative, and it really will expand your vision of how you can use your rice cooker. It's well worth reading.
The second section is a bunch of rice-cooker recipes, submitted by Ebert's readers in the blog entry's comments section.
So definitely buy it, if you'd like to read an entertaining essay on how you can eat healthily and well using nothing but a rice cooker and your imagination, and some specific ideas expanding on that idea. You'll probably enjoy it.
But be aware that it isn't very long, it isn't really a 'cookbook' in the traditional sense, and it's all also available on his blog.
I bought it, though, and I have no regrets. And it occurred to me to come write a review because I'm just finishing eating a very tasty supper that I cooked in the rice cooker using what I learned from this book.
In a nutshell, this is a book about how to make good food easily, with a minimum of fuss or equipment. And at least 90% of the time, that is all I have time (or energy) to do. The overriding theme seems to be shortcuts and simplicity, and at least in my opinion, that is a very good thing.
After I got half way through I figured I could be my own Safari guide, particularly when I got to the multiple pages of people just like you who had bought the pot and decided they needed to say something... I skipped to the end, I'm sure there was useful information in there but I had already been told why I needed to have the pot. There was around 20 pages of recipes, in a 128 pages of book.
For an entertaining read I'd borrow this one from the library, and buy an actual cook book for the pot.
I stumbled upon it in a reference on Ebert's blog and it is in fact like a lengthy blog entry that is inspirational and up-lifting;but if you are looking for a typical one tbsp of this, half a cup of that cookbook, there are probably other ones that will make more sense.
I have already bought a second one for my son and will probably be purchasing many more as gifts, along with a rice cooker of course.
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I am a huge fan of both Ebert and rice-cookers. His original blog post from several years ago is what inspired me to get a rice-cooker. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Frank
Arrived on time and in good condition - I guess I'm used to more specific recipes (and I usually adjust from there) - Mr. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pickard
Its not a bad book by any means but at a cost of $7.99 for the ebook its overpriced. Basically the book consists of Mr. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Usni
I expected an informative book about rice cookers and some good recipes. Not so. Although I love Roger’s movies reviews, writing style, wit, etc. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Charlie
Not exactly a cookbook (although it does contain some recipes), this is Roger Ebert's love letter to the rice cooker and everything it can do. Read morePublished 22 months ago by dvrbkwrm