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Rice Cooker Cookbook Review: The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook

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Rice Cooker Cookbook Review: The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook
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The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook

By Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann

Harvard Common Press, 2002

$17.95

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Cookbook authors Hensperger and Kaufmann want to show you that your rice cooker is good for far more than just making rice. This rice cooker cookbook, with 250 recipes, will show you just how versatile and useful this appliance can be.

The authors are known for their thorough and informative exploration of all aspects of an appliance, and this book is no exception. You'll learn way more than your manual tells you in their introductory chapters, which include an examination of different types of cookers, an explanation of the mysterious "fuzzy logic" technology, a step by step walk-through of the rice cooking process, and tips on basic preparations of every type of rice possible.

You'll find recipes to make one-pot meals, such as Chinese Sausage and Rice, Paella Saute with Saffron and Spanish Rice, and Steamaed Halibut Steaks and Scallops with Sweet Red Pepper Sauce. Pilafs are given their own chapter, with variations that span the globe, and risotto also warrants a chapter. "You can make really fabulous risotto on the Porridge Cycle" of your rice cooker, write the authors, simplifying a notoriously labor-intensive task.

The book has the formula for sushi rice and an explanation of how to make maki, California Rolls and Inari Zushi, a rice-stuffed tofu pocket. Other ethnic specialties include dim sum, dolmas and tamales.

Also covered are whole grains, breakfast cereals and porridges, beans and legumes, vegetables and desserts. With such a wide range of both basic and exotic recipes, this book will likely make your rice cooker one of the most reached-for appliances on your counter.

Recipe Highlights

  • Madame SooHoo's Fish and Rice
  • Salmon-Stuffed Japanese Rice Balls
  • Lam Biryani
  • Brown Butter Apricot and Pine Nut Pilaf
  • Maki Sushi
  • Steamed Chicken Breasts on Wild Rice with Gingered Tomato Relish
  • Steamed Ginger Salmon and Asparagus in Black Bean Sauce
  • Tahini-Brown Rice Pudding
  • Poached Rhubarb and Strawberries
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