The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker

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In The Pot and How to Use It, Roger Ebert-Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic, admitted "competent cook," and longtime electric rice cooker enthusiast-gives readers a charming, practical guide to this handy and often overlooked kitchen appliance.

Although The Pot and How to Use It contains numerous and surprisingly varied recipes for electric rice cookers, it is much more than a cookbook. Originating from a blog entry on Roger's popular Web site, the book also includes readers' ...

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Overview

In The Pot and How to Use It, Roger Ebert-Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic, admitted "competent cook," and longtime electric rice cooker enthusiast-gives readers a charming, practical guide to this handy and often overlooked kitchen appliance.

Although The Pot and How to Use It contains numerous and surprisingly varied recipes for electric rice cookers, it is much more than a cookbook. Originating from a blog entry on Roger's popular Web site, the book also includes readers' comments and recipes alongside Roger's own discerning insights and observations on why and how we cook.

With an introduction by vegetarian cookbook author Anna Thomas and a foreword from recipe consultant and nutritionist Yvonne Nienstadt, The Pot and How to Use It is perfect for fans of Roger's superb writing, as well as anyone looking to incorporate the convenience and versatility of electric rice cookers into his or her kitchen repertoire.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740791420
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/21/2010
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 407,169
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert is the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic from the Chicago Sun-Times. His reviews are syndicated to more than 200 newspapers in the United States and Canada. The American Film Institute and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago have awarded him honorary degrees, and the Online Film Critics Society named his Web site, rogerebert.com, the best online movie-review site.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Yvonne Nienstadt vii

Introduction Anna Thomas xiii

1 I Am a Competent Cook 1

2 Your Ombudswomen 5

3 Your Book 11

4 Get the Pot 15

5 To Repeat, Get the Pot 19

6 Breakfast for Your Lifetime 23

7 Your Soups 27

8 Your Secret Soup Weapon 31

9 Your Sodium Level 35

10 Your Proteins 39

11 Your Herbs and Spices 43

12 Your Sauces 47

13 Your Comments 51

14 Nonvegetarian Recipes 75

15 Vegetarian Recipes 93

Metric Conversions and Equivalents 106

Index 108

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  • Posted September 28, 2010

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    FUN READING, AND NOW WE OWN A RICE COOKER

    If you think reading a cookbook isn't fun you haven't looked at the latest by Pulitzer Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert. In what other collection of recipes will you find limericks and directions such as "add a splash of" or "throw in some pineapple chunks"? But then, as Ebert writes, "This is not an instruction book. It is an evocation of the ancient spirit of the Pot." And, of course, what those directions in the form of asides do is encourage you to experiment, create dishes that suit your taste and preference.


    However, there is one teaching on which he is quite clear - in fact, it is the heading of Chapter 4 "Get The Pot" And his pot of choice is Zojirushi. A pint sized beauty now resting comfortably on our kitchen counter. One test try with this and we're converts to Ebert's way of thinking - the rice was so much fluffier, actually tastier. We tried his "Salty Rice with Tuna" - completely satisfying with a modicum of saltiness.


    Now, we did not follow his directions exactly because he suggested we add "a squirt of that spicy red chili sauce in the bottle with the green lid and the Chinese characters on it." Didn't I tell you THE POT AND HOW TO USE IT was fun? We're still looking for that easily identifiable bottle.


    While this book is a breezy, enjoyable read it is also studded with nuggets of information re healthy eating, what is nutritious and what is not. Plus a chapter is devoted to "Your Comments," consisting of readers' responses to Ebert's blog. Here we find discussions of various rice cookers (from those that "spewed water all over the place" to a $12.99 beloved cheapie), as well as favorite recipes that include everything from "Seafood Jambalaya" to "Chicken and the Usual Suspect Vegetables." After a bit you'll be amazed at what you can and what you want to prepare in your rice cooker (yes, you can steam eggs, and yes, you can bake a cake).


    Enjoy!


    - Gail Cooke

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    This is a fun read

    But I am a little dissapointed. I've been trying to learn how to cook with fewer culinary failures, and suggestions to just experiment until you find what works is a little too close to what's causing those kitchen disasters in the first place. It is a fun read, and I already own a rice pot, but now I'm actually worried about trying to use it (especially after that comment about rice cookers knowing how to cook rice but not doing so well with knowing how to cook other foods). HOWEVER, I would highly reccomend this for someone who lives in a place where they can't have a stove, like a dorm, or someone who travels a lot and wants to cook in a hotel room (like Rodger did during Sundance). Also, if you enjoy reading books that simply talk about the love of food and cooking, this is for you.

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