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The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker Paperback – Bargain Price, September 21, 2010
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America’s foremost film critic confesses to obsession with “the pot,” an electric rice cooker whose application he’s broadened to create his kitchen’s most versatile appliance. Ebert caught on early that the rice cooker is the crock pot’s virtual twin and can readily duplicate it as a time- and labor-saving appliance. Ebert touts the rice cooker’s health benefits by inventorying its friendliness to low-sodium, high protein, reduced-fat cooking. Ebert’s blog’s many fans have contributed cooker-adapted recipes running the gamut from quotidian boxed macaroni and cheese to spicy beef chili. A few recipes, such as mushroom risotto, call for preliminary action in a skillet before everything gets dumped into the cooker. Scrupulous cooks may find Ebert’s expansive use of the rice cooker the gustatory equivalent of watching Lawrence of Arabia on one’s iPhone—a lot of the product’s flavor and textural detail disappears. --Mark Knoblauch
About the Author
Roger Ebert is the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times. His reviews are syndicated to some 200 newspapers in the United States and Canada. He lives in Chicago.
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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.
That said, this is just that very same blog post republished into a fancy book form, complete with comments (bizarrely separated into two chapters: 1. Comments and 2. Amusing comments.) and his response.
I would have been better served getting the original blog framed.
Only paid $4 for the book including shipping and still I don't feel like I got a good value. Finished the book in 30 minutes. At that rate, I would've been better off renting a movie and then reading Roger's review for it.
However, it seems to me that many of the meals that could be made in the rice cooker are somewhat like stunts: yes, you CAN make it in a rice cooker, but it'd be much more practical to make it in other ways.
-But that is assuming you have other ways to cook- and if you do not- well, this book gives some guidelines on how to use a rice cooker to cook healthy and wholesome meals all on its own.
It was a fun read, regardless.
I pretty much use mine only for cooking grains... but it's brilliant at that, and so is one of the few appliances (the other is the Kitchenaid) that has a permanent spot on my counter.
If all you can have or store is a rice cooker- this will help you make wholesome meals with it. If ytou have a more extensive kitchen- it's got some good ideas, but is not as useful.
Developed from a blog Mr Ebert ran, The Pot includes many tips and recipes from his followers, in addition to Ebert's own recipes.
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