The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook : 250 No-Fail Recipes for Pilafs, Risottos, Polenta, Chilis, Soups, Porridges, Puddings and More, from Start to Finish in Your Rice Cooker

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Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann's The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook offers 250 timesaving, convenient, and healthy recipes for making everything from simple white rice to full-course meals. This cookbook proves the rice cooker--which tends to have a bad rap as a never-opened or oft-neglected wedding gift--can be surprisingly versatile: not only does it prepare your rice, it can be used for every dinner course--salad, soup, vegetable, entree, and even dessert.

There is a complete buying and cooking guide for the many rice varieties, as well as other whole grains such as barley, millet, wheat berry, and quinoa. Many of the recipes provide convenient alternative cooking methods for traditional dishes like Italian risottos (the Italian Sausage Risotto is wonderful). Hensperger and Kaufmann show the rice cooker can also work miracles for hot breakfast cereals and porridges with such recipes as Hot Fruited Oatmeal. Delightful main courses include Steamed Ginger Salmon and Asparagus in Black Bean Sauce, and the meal is done almost exclusively within the rice cooker for simple preparation and cleanup. The dessert section has many ideas beyond the expected Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding--the Poached Pears with Grand Marnier Custard Sauce is one elegant and sophisticated example. Both authors of this cookbook are seasoned food writers and this combined effort gives tasty, easy, and healthy recipes that will motivate you to use what has been, until now, an underutilized appliance. --Teresa Simanton

The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook proves there's more to this popular appliance than a convenient way to cook a pot of rice. Complete with tips on buying and using a rice cooker, as well as selecting and preparing every kind of rice, grain, and dried bean, this book includes 250 recipes for everything from hot breakfast cereals and creamy desserts and puddings to classic vegetable, bean, and rice combinations and savory whole meal cuisines.

Customer Reviews:

  • Great reference and inspiration at a bargain price
    My fuzzy-logic rice cooker came with a bare-bones and not very inspiring manual. Thus, the Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook quickly became my rice cooker bible. It offers truly a wealth of info about rice, rice types (including packaged rice mixes), detailed info on other types of grains suitable for the cooker, cooker types, cooking cycles, and on and on. All that alone is well worth the cover price. Then there are recipes and serving ideas; these range from simple pilafs to breakfast ideas to more elaborate main dish meals. In the back is a list of sources for rice, other grains and cookers. I cook for two, and there's plenty here suitable for small-size dishes (you can always freeze leftovers, too). Last night I followed her suggestion to spice up a packaged jambalaya rice mix with sliced turkey sausage. I dumped it all in the cooker, hit a button, slid a movie into the DVD player and a hour later I was enjoying a real treat! This cookbook is well written, thorough, interesting, inspiring and useful. Highly recommended to anyone owning (or considering buying) a rice cooker of any type....more info
  • This is essential to maximize the use of your rice cooker (s).
    I use this cookbook quite often and the recipes are very good.

    If you want to use every recipe in the book, you will need two rice cookers. The Tiger JAE-A18u 10-cup and a typical large older model auto shut-off with steamer basket which makes sure you can use the recipes for steaming.

    I don't know if another reviewer has mentioned this but you can use the Tiger 10 cup to make the 5 cup fuzzy (neuro) logic cooker recipes because the bowl is narrower than other 10 cup machines in its class. I do this all the time for the steel-cut oat recipe, which turns out perfectly every time.

    I haven't tried any of the steam recipes but I may do so by using the stove and a steamer basket since I only own the one rice cooker.

    I also do NOT recommend making the bean soup recipe in a electronic rice cooker because it smelled like beans and I had to get out the manual and figure out how to clean it and it wasn't worth the mess and trouble. Some things are better left to the stove unless maybe you use the other steamer rice cooker. That probably is easier to clean.

    Of the recipes from the book I have tried, they were delicious and easy to follow. Just make sure you note whether the recipe is saying to use a rice-cup or standard measuring cup.

    I highly recommend this cookbook along with the TIGER JAE-A18u to maximize its use....more info
    This cookbook may be great, but when you choose the rice pudding recipe that is listed for "fuzzy logic", which is the model of you brand new rice cooker and you cooker turns into a milk volcano, it makes you not such a big fan. I assumed user error, made it again with the same results. After the second tedious clean-up of the entire kitchen, we called the manufacturer of the fuzzy logic machine. Their respons, "No rice pudding with that machine". Thanks for the section of recipes for my machine, which the manufactures says you cannot make....more info
  • Great cook book
    I love my rice cooker so - as you can imagine - I love this cook book. I find the brown rice recipe calls for too much water - but other than that so far it's been terrifc. I've used almost all of the oatmeal recipes and enjoy them very much. ...more info
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about rice
    Excellent book-much more than I expected. A whole treatise on rice, including countries of origin-and, of course, a wealth of recipes....more info
  • Understanding your rice cooker
    This cookbook was purchased along with a rice cooker. The informtion in the preface was invaluable in helping me to understand my new cooker. Explanations for the types of rice cookers and for some of the ingredients in the recipes are thorough and well appreciated.

    I've tried several recipes and had mixed success. Some are delicious. The one pudding I tried boiled over, and the rice cooker still smells like something's baking whenever I use it. Of course, the cookbook warned me that this might happen. Some rice cookers can make puddings, and some can't.

    Many of the recipes call for ingredients I've never heard of; Consequently, I haven't been able to try them....more info
  • Great, But Not Foolproof
    While I love this cookbook, I'm going to tell you about the problems so you can get better results from it.

    1. Measuring is a challenge! Depending on your rice cooker, liquids can be measured three ways: using the rice cooker cup, by the marks inside your rice cooker bowl, and by a standard measuring cup [8 fl oz.]. Dry ingredients can be measured by either the rice cooker cup or by a standard dry ingredients measuring cup. Before beginning any recipe, make sure you know what measures are being used, and do not make any recipe for the first time when company is coming over, in case you need to adjust it. Based on numerous recipe failures, I think the writers sometimes mixed up the measurements. They definitely could have made the information clearer in each recipe. How about a revised edition? ;)

    2. Some recipes, polenta for example, have overly long cooking times, such as two porridge cycles back to back, or 90 minutes. Polenta cooks on the stovetop in 20 minutes; even a single porridge cycle is too long. Feel free to cut cooking times short.

    3. When cooking oatmeal, polenta, grits, etc. with the porridge cycle, open the cover up, and leave it up, once the contents reach a simmer. If you don't, starchy lava will flow out of the vent and make a horrible mess, hot liquid may shoot out, and the recipe may be ruined as a result. If your rice cooker starts to spit, use extreme caution when you open the lid, as the hot contents may splash and burn you.

    4. If a recipe says you can skip pre-soaking for tapioca, beans, etc., don't. Your final results will be much better using a traditional overnight soak in cold water.

    5. When making risotto, don't perform the first step, briefly saut¨¦ing the rice in oil, in the rice cooker. Because rice cooker bowls are narrow and deep, the rice will be steamed, and your risotto will be mush. Instead, saut¨¦ the rice as usual in a large flat frying pan, then transfer the contents to the rice cooker bowl. Also, use the variety of Arborio called Carnaroli, as it holds up the best.

    6. Use an easy to clean rice cooker; mine is the Panasonic from Williams Sonoma. You can avoid lingering odors--even from cinnamon and curry--if you can take the top completely apart and wash it each time. Soak the parts in cool water, not hot, and they should clean up easily. If odors remain, put two or three cups of cold water in the rice cooker and run it through the regular cycle, taking care that it doesn't cook dry. By cups, I mean 8 fluid ounces. ;) Then let it cool, take it apart as much as you can, and let the pieces dry completely in a dish rack.

    7. No recipe is foolproof! Variances in rice crops, local water, and rice cookers will affect the outcome. If it doesn't work the first time, make adjustments and try again....more info
  • Rice Cooker 250 no fail recipes
    It's ok ,I like a recipe book with pictures, you know what your fixing is suppose to look like, recipes are ok. If you have a rice cooker and can't find the recipe book that came with it, it comes in handy....more info
  • Unusual Recipes for Use in a Rice Cooker
    This is a terrific book that makes better use of Rice Cookers by using differents recipes of all catagory types. A MUST HAVE!...more info
  • Rice Cooker Size?
    I just purchased a Sanyo Micron 3.5 cooker-it's just for 2 of us. Would this book be helpful or is it geared to large quantities? Thanks...more info
  • Rice cooker
    The cooker is the right size for two people, which I wanted. However, I was disappointed that there were absolutely no recipes or directions for even the most basic of rice recipes. I had to experiment with a couple of batches before I got it right. The cooker works well and cooks the rice in the same amount of time it would take on the stove, but without watching it....more info
  • Great Recipes and Intro but...
    First of all, this is a great book that everyone with a rice cooker should own (although if you don't have one, obviously save your money). I've only just begun to explore the recipes, but they are quite good. I haven't found any other rice cooker cookbooks near this quality, depth, etc., basically this book fills a empty spot on my shelf. So thanks Beth Hensperger!

    The two disappoints in this book were:
    1) Most recipes work with only an on/off cooker OR a fuzzy logic cooker, not either! I thought my sanyo ecj-d100s did everything. In fact, I was happy to note the introduction claims that no fuzzy logic cookers can steam food, only of/off. My sanyo can steam, but it still can't make any of the 5 custards apparently.
    2) The book itself is bound in a way that does not let it lie flat on the countertop when open. This is true for most paperbacks though and even some hardbacks. Most recipes however, are simple enough that you don't need to refer to the book more than a few times.

    Oh and if you're looking for recommendations on a rice cooker, this book will not advise. Though I'd suggest a zojirushi zcc, myc or the sanyo ecj-d100s....more info
  • That's a mighty rice book!
    The book was very good as to instructions and quite wide ranging in subject matter ( ie. selection of non- rice and rice based entrees)....more info
  • Excellent guide for cooking rice
    Excellent book. Gives detailed explanation of various kinds of rice, and how to prepare them. Also provides information on how to best use your rice cooker. Lotsa recipes for various kinds of rice dishes....more info
  • If you've got money to spend on a LOT of fresh vegetables and fancy spices...
    ...this might be the cookbook for you. But then why would you be fixing your food in a rice cooker, anyway?

    I bought this book looking for some simple but good recipes to use in my rice cooker. Instead, most recipes call for a lot of ingredients, including fresh, seasonal vegetables and expensive spices you're unlikely to stock in your pantry. Not to mention all of the dicing, slicing, pureeing, and grinding that goes into preparing these recipes. If you're going to put all of that effort into it, again, why would you use a rice cooker? Rice cookers are perfect for fast, easy meals! If you're like me, working full-time and looking for easy, affordable meals, this is not the cookbook for you.

    It's also not a good investment unless you have two rice cookers: an expensive fuzzy logic and a cheap On/Off rice cooker. I have a fuzzy logic rice cooker and after buying the book, I discovered that three chapters are for On/Off or Steamer rice cookers. That's three whole chapters you can't use if you have a fuzzy logic rice cooker, including the only dessert and whole meal chapters in the book! If you don't have a fuzzy logic rice cooker, beware because there's at least one chapter that is almost entirely devote to fuzzy logic rice cookers, so no matter what you will find that huge portions of the book are worthless to you.

    I don't see any good alternatives for rice cooker recipe cookbooks, so for now I'll stick to the Internet. I recommend you do the same....more info
  • One thing to consider...SMELLS
    I have owned rice cookers for many years. My latest, the Zojirushi NS-ZAC10, is the best I have ever used. I figured it would be a good idea to branch out from using the rice cooker to cook only rice, so I purchased this highly recommended book.

    While the book is very good, and the recipes I have tried so far have all been quite tasty, there is a major consideration that you should be aware of when making many of the recipes in this book: residual odors.

    Yes, when you use your rice cooker to make the delicious "creamy breakfast oatmeal" with steel-cut oats, bear in mind that your steamed white rice will smell of cinnamon for at least three or four batches afterwards. My 11-year old (a steamed rice 'purist') noticed the cinnamon 'essence' immediately and complained that 'something was wrong with the rice.'

    Similarly with any of the dishes which call for sauteing onions in the rice cooker, or adding other strongly aromatic ingredients. If you use your rice cooker primarily for preparing perfect (and I mean PERFECT) steamed rice, you may not want any other flavors mingling in there.

    Just something to keep in mind.

    Otherwise, the book is a great resource. There are a few minor inconsistencies (try finding 'congee' in the index), and the resource materials can be a bit confusing (to be fair, the number of rice varieties is quite daunting). And if you are an experienced cook you may get tired of being told the exact procedure for washing rice in every recipe, but all in all, the sheer variety alone is easily worth the price. Also, it is worth noting that if you have a fuzzy logic rice cooker, you will not be able to use it for any of the recipes that employ steaming (which is a fair number of dishes), but you can easily adapt these recipes to any another stovetop steaming setup you may have.

    Just remember to plan your rice cooker experiments around your need for 'un-tainted' steamed rice, and you will enjoy "The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook"

    ...more info
  • Nice Looking Cookbook
    Looks like lots of good recipes, havent had a chance to use any yet but looking forward to trying alot of them.......more info
  • Great product
    Fast ship and great product, can't wait to find time to actually cook some of the recipes...more info
  • The best cookbook I own, on any topic
    This rice cooker cookbook is just amazingly good; it it full of helpful information on every page that encourages you to try new things you wouldn't try if the recipes were vague or ambiguous. So many good ideas. I've used a fuzzy-logic rice cooker regularly for a decade, but I had no idea of how many great things I could do with the appliance. Beth Hensperger is a genius....more info
  • If you own a ricecooker but this book
    If you own a fuzzy logic cooker, you have to buy this book, simple recipes, great ideas for cooking. The oatmeal recipe is worth the price alone....more info
  • A Must Have for a rice cooker owner!
    I purchased this book at the same time I bought my Zo rice cooker and it was well worth it! This is a great book with wonderful recipes and great ideas for your rice cooker. I especially love the japanese recipes and the anecdotes about the significance of rice to the countries of asia. I own TONS of cookbooks but this is one of the few that sits on my counter at the ready! ...more info
  • Great Information
    this book is exactly what I've been looking for. I recently recieced a Zojirishi fuzzy logic rice cooker that is a great machine but extremely short on instructions. This book gives me exact information for all sorts of rice and grains. My machine does not have a brown rice function but the book shows me how to do it anyway. Fantastic!...more info
  • This is the book to buy for cooking grains
    I am considering upgrading my cheap rice cooker and I am reading this first. What an eye opening book on cooking rice and grains. I have already made several recipes just on the stove. I read a lot of cookbooks and this one is a winner.
    the chapter that explains the new rice cookers was very helpful, fuzzy logic machines have come way down in price since the book was written, and now I want a Zoshi!
    Its a very comprehensive book with a lot of information. I confess it may be too much information for a bread maker!, perhaps it could be redone in a coffee table book with the best of the rescipes? I like rice and grains, but also eat bread and tortillas. I may send it as a gift to a grain/bean person....more info
  • Beautiful Book!!!
    Beautiful book with what looks to be fabulous and unusual recipes. Can't wait to use it....more info
  • This really is the ULTIMATE book for all things about cooking rice!
    From an indepth discussion on all types of rice, to how rice cookers work and what kind of cookers are available, to wonderful recipes this book has it all. My family has loved every recipe I've prepared from this book. Until I used the risotto recipes in the book, I'd never even tried risotto, now its a standard in our house. I also used the rice cooker information in the book to choose and buy an excellent machine. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is just starting out with a rice cooker and those who know how to use them but want fabulous recipes. It's all here....more info
  • One of my most-used cookbooks
    I love this cookbook! I first used my rice cooker for, well, just making plain rice. This cookbook has helped me branch out into all kinds of recipes with my cooker and into cooking grains with it. I learned I can put healthy rolled whole grains in the cooker at night and have oatmeal ready for breakfast! Also right now we are remodeling our kitchen, so without an oven this is used almost every day, sometimes twice if I make oatmeal, for various dishes. I highly recommend this book for someone branching out with a nice rice cooker....more info
  • Complicated Cooking
    Why I don't like this cookbook:
    1. Too many ingredients that are not available: I live in a small town with one grocery store. You need an Asian market next-door to make half the recipes
    2. High in fat: Veggie recipes to feed four start with six tablespoons of butter. Chicken marinades have a cup of oil.
    3. No nutrition information
    4. Assumes everyone has two steamer trays
    5. Complicated recipes where you need to cook in four phases and use food processors, blenders, etc. ...more info
  • The ultimate Rice Cooker cookbook
    This is a great book for a person who wants to cook all kinds of rice and learn about every-thing that pertains to rice .I read the book twice and could not believe how much information I received .I am not a into a lot of cooking ,my wife is a super great cook ,but I wanted to do some rice and I got my eyes opened .Thank you very much for a beautiful book .I made some pudding and some brown rice and everything came out good . M.W.Tuch ...more info
  • Extremely useful book
    Even if you aren't planning to make full meals or dishes, if you have a rice cooker and want to do more than rice, get this book. It is an invaluable quick reference for grain-to-water ratios and cooker settings for a huge range of grains and legumes. I've made steel cut oatmeal, millet, lentils, buckwheat, and barley - and it's turned out right, the first time, every time. Without the book I would have been guessing and experimenting and probably choking down a lot of not-quite-right food. ...more info
  • Am I missing something?
    Maybe my Zoji neurofuzzy (NS-ZCC10) is defective, but I can't do with it what these authors say I should be able to do.

    1. They say I can make polenta by running two sequential porridge cycles. However, I get an error code when I try to do this. I have to allow rice cooker to cool down first, before running a second cycle. (BTW, one porridge seemed PLENTY for the polenta. It was very good!)

    2. When I try to saute onions in the pan for pilaf, the pan never seems to get hot enough before it turns off, then I can't go back and run a rice cycle till the unit cools down again!

    Maybe the neurofuzzy is really too "sophisticated" for some of the tricks these authors use....more info
  • EXACTLY what I was looking for!
    I bought the Zojirushi 10-cup induction rice cooker and love the rice it makes, but I was wondering if there was more I could do with it. Could I use it to cook other whole grains? What is the porridge cycle on it? Could I cook rice meals with other ingredients in the cooker (vegetables, meat)? For me and what I was wanting to know, this book FAR EXCEEDED my hopes and expectations! I learned that I can do many other things with my cooker - I can include vegetables and/or meat when cooking the rice.

    Here's what I like about this book:
    It explains how the various cookers work; it defines what a 'fuzzy oooker' is (they sense by weight rather than by temperature); it defines how the induction cookers work (a more advanced fuzzy machine in which the sensor unit also judges temperature and moisture proportions).
    It explains the importance of and how to wash/rinse the rice.
    It explains the benefits of soaking the rice.
    It explains the different varieties of rice (with sources for purchase)
    I never knew what exactly rice pilaf was - that's explained along with several pilaf recipes.
    There are a lot of insets strewn throughout the book ('to wash or not to wash', 'the Lundberg Family Rice Farm' (I love their basmati...), 'to salt or not to salt', toasting various nuts, blanching almonds, 'about ghee', 'risotto in the rice cooker', storing/freezing cooked rice, etc. etc.)

    With my variety of cooker which includes a porridge cycle, I was quite pleased to see that the authors found that this cycle can be used for the following:
    Risotto, homemade applesauce (you can make chunky or smooth, with or without sugar, with cinnamon - yum!), rice pudding, tapioca pudding, and hot breakfast cereals with various grains.

    I think this cookbook is just wonderful for anyone who has bought a fuzzy-logic cooker (basic or an induction-style) and is wanting to do more with it other than just make the basic rice. I particularly like all their explanations and how the information in the book is laid out.

    Thanks Beth & Julie! Great Book!...more info
  • A Must buy if you like rice. Imperative if you own a rice cooker.
    `The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook' by bread baking guru Beth Hensperger and culinary colleague, Julie Kaufmann is exactly the book I imagined may be possible the moment I was exposed to a rice cooker when I became part of a Filipino household which, like virtually all Asian-American households, bought rice by the multiple 25 pound sack at a time and made rice for every evening meal in the week. The whole rice cooking culture, with its large rice dispenser holding up to 50 pounds of rice at a time and the handy little levers at the bottom which dispensed either one, two, or three portions of rice into the aluminum rice cooker chamber was a culinary revelation to my western experience.

    Being familiar with the slow cooker, which could be used for many different kinds of dishes, I was certain, upon seeing this clever little simple gadget which made perfect cooked rice by turning itself off when all the water had evaporated, that it could do much more than simply cook rice. Well, this book is the perfect realization of my expectations. As luck would have it, I have owned a copy of this book for years, as I bought it in fond remembrance of that lost household, but as my mother has no taste for rice, it went on my shelf along with the small rice cooker I bought upon moving back to the Pennsylvania Dutch culinary world. I rediscovered this book upon my reviewing Hensperger and Kaufmann's superb new book, `Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook'. Upon looking at the authors' previous works, it was perfectly obvious to me that this team had already done a book on the rice cooker, and I was embarrassed to realize that I had this little gem collecting dust on my shelves.

    Well, I am here to tell you that this book is every bit as good as the later `Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook'. Not only does it thoroughly cover the whole world of cooking rice, it has many chapters on my expected recipes for cooking non-rice dishes such as beans, puddings, porridges, polenta, plus lots of unexpected rice applications such as pilafs and risottos.

    One of the most important things to learn about rice cookers from this book is that the world of modern appliances is divided into the simple on / off machines I know and the more advanced electronic machines. The former type are about as simple as it gets, just one step removed from a slow cooker with a temperature sensor which turns off the heat when it senses the temperature going above the boiling point of water. The two enhancements to this very simple design are a `keep warm' feature and a steaming basket. These appliances are so simple that you literally have to unplug them to turn them off. The latter machines are much more complicated, with digital readout controls and a sensor that works on the weight of the contents of the cooking vessel rather than the temperature. There are two drawbacks of these advanced `fuzzy logic' machines. One is that many of them cannot be set up to steam. The other is that some of the best may only be available in the Orient. One of the many nice things about this book is that it covers recipes for all different sizes of cooker, which seem to range from one or two person size to big, commercial machines capable of making 12 to 16 cups at a time.

    One unusual thing about cooking in a rice cooker is that unlike almost all other savory forms of cooking, one must play close attention to measuring both the rice and the liquid to achieve good results with any model of rice cooking. This fact is emphasized by the fact that there is a special measure for rice that is different than any conventional metric or English measure and you get one of these measures with every rice cooker. Oddly, one widely used and exceptionally easy and reliable measurement for rice cookery is the measurement of water over the rice. One puts enough water in to cover the rice by the depth of the first joint on your index finger. Mysteriously, this seems to work regardless of the length of your fingers.

    As with many books on popular appliances such as the food processor, the blender, the slow cooker, and the pressure cooker, the book includes several chapters which deal with recipes for precursors to rice cookery such as stocks and recipes for using rice cookery leftovers, such as fried rice. Neither of these chapters uses the rice cooker to make these dishes, but they are all used in conjunction with the rice cooker.

    One of the very best aspects of this book is its discussion of the star main ingredient, rice. Like tea, virtually all varieties of rice are part of the same species. The only notable `rice' which is not `Oryza sativa' is `wild rice' which is a totally different grain native to the New World. Asian rice comes in two main varieties, `indica' and `japonica' which, while both being varieties of the same species, are about as similar as a dachshund and a whippet. Within these two main varieties are numerous little variations with properties which make cooking rice a lot more complicated than cooking beans which, in spite of their being many different species, generally can be cooked in basically the same way.

    Speaking of beans, the authors succeed in giving us information about beans that I did not even find in a book on beans. Among other things, it states that the lighter the bean, the longer it will need to cook.

    My only warning is that also like books on other appliances, some recipe adaptations are done more to show you can do this with a rice cooker than is the very best method for doing the recipe.

    This is an excellent book for any foodie or rice-cooking lover.
    ...more info
  • There oughta be a law
    Good, interesting recipes to experiment with in my new Sanyo Rice Cooker. But, how am I supposed to keep the page flat while I follow them? My third arm is very slow in evolving. Shouldn't cook books be spiral-bound or in binders? This is a major problem. I don't think a brick (to hold the pages apart) should be a part of the cooking process. Now, I'm going to have to buy one of those plexiglass holders for the book. ...more info
  • This is the book to buy for cooking grains
    I am considering upgrading my cheap rice cooker and I am reading this first. What an eye opening book on cooking rice and grains. I have already made several recipes just on the stove. I read a lot of cookbooks and this one is a winner.
    the chapter that explains the new rice cookers was very helpful, fuzzy logic machines have come way down in price since the book was written, and now I want a Zoshi!
    Its a very comprehensive book with a lot of information. I confess it may be too much information for a bread maker!, perhaps it could be redone in a coffee table book with the best of the rescipes? I like rice and grains, but also eat bread and tortillas. I may send it as a gift to a grain/bean person....more info
  • Excellent for answering questions
    I found this book to be great for instructions about the useage of and versitility of the rice cooker. It made me aware that it's almost a crock pot but smaller. ...more info
  • Thge Ultimate Rice Cooker Cook Book
    The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook : 250 No-Fail Recipes for Pilafs, Risottos, Polenta, Chilis, Soups, Porridges, Puddings and More, from Start to Finish in Your Rice Cooker I purchased a "Fuzzy Logic" rice cooker in Australia because my son who lives in the USA has one. Could not find the cook book to go with it in Oz so ordered one on Amazon when I was in the States in April. I find that having the book extends my use of my appliance enormously as until I had the book it was a very expensive cooker of plain Basmati rice. I have done brown rice, sweet rice, oatmeal porridge and am planning more complicated recipes. Recommend the book as essential for anyone who has a flash rice cooker. I find that it takes the guesswork out of the use of a programmable rice cooker. ...more info
  • Don't buy unless your cooker is a "fuzzy logic" one
    After reading all the reviews of this cookbook, I decided to purchase it. I've been looking for a good rice pudding recipe to be made in a rice cooker.

    However, the book is nearly useless to me. Every single recipe in the pudding section calls for using a "fuzzy logic only" cooker. I checked the oatmeal and porridge section as well -- and found the same.

    So, it might be a good cookbook for people who own $200 rice cookers, but for the majority of us, the book is just not worth it. There are too few recipes for regular old rice cookers.

    (And I find it disingenuous that, when the authors talk about the differences in cookers in the beginning, they fail to note that the majority of their recipes only work in the expensive machine.)...more info
  • As a newbie to rice cooking . . .
    I love this book and bought it before I purchased a rice cooker to see if it would be worth it. This book has wonderful ideas for rice and many other foods that can be made in rice cookers.

    I have one complaint about it: the font is green and on many pages it is light green. This hard on my old eyes....more info
  • Rice CookerRecipes
    I am new to rice cookers and I found this book to be very helpful... There are so many recipes that everyone will find lots to choose from... I refer to this book every time I use my cooker... Everyone who has a rice cooker should have this book....more info
  • These recipes truly are no-fail
    I would not have been able to use my Zojirushi rice cooker without this cookbook as the Zojirushi manual had limited and unclear recipes. Everything I have tried in this cookbook as turned out very well. The authors obviously did a good job testing and developing their recipes.

    In addition to numerous rice recipes, there are also recipes for other grains that can be prepared in a rice-cooker. One of the biggest surprises for me, however, has been the excellent granola recipe in the section on porridges....more info
  • Perfect wedding gift
    Bought this for a couple that didn't register anywhere; because we love ours so much! They couldn't believe it - said they had wanted one for 15 years and how did we know they didn't have one. Also, bought them the Rice Cooker Cookbook....more info
  • Easily the best rice cooker recipe book
    Notice I say "rice cooker" and not simply "rice" because this has quite a few non-rice recipes for the rice cooker as well. Steel cut oats is amazing when cooked on the porridge cycle of a rice cooker. I wish I could deduct 1/2 star for the light typeface used throughout the book, though. Still, the background on the different types of rices, how to cook each variety, and recipes incorporating them with other ingredients is amazing. If you get a good, fuzzy logic rice cooker, this is a great accompanying guide. For those of you who think rice is rice, just off the top of my head I can think of long-grain (Mahatama - great all around), medium-grain (Water Maid in the Indian Style, Tamaki Classic in the Japanese style), Basmati (or Texmati), Thai Jasmine, Tamaki Gold (my favorite for stir-fries), converted - and that's just white rice. And every one is completely different from the others. That doesn't even begin to describe the brown rice, red rice, and black/wild rice varieties....more info
  • Makes your rice-cooker investment worthwhile
    As with all things, I did much research before deciding to buy the not-inexpensive Zojirushi NS-ZAC10 rice cooker. Along the way, a reviewer mentioned this book. I'm so happy they did. This book makes the investment worth every penny. In the under two weeks that I've had this book and my cooker, I've made brown rice, mixed rice, steel-cut oatmeal (twice) and tapioca pudding. My recommendation: if you own or are buying a rice cooker, this is an essential purchase. ...more info
  • Great Cookbook
    I have had this for a couple of months now and have tried many recipes. All good. Some fantastic!
    I have no complaints but will say that I have an Z- induction cooker (lucky me) and the instructions that she gives to saute' in the cooker sometimes don't work out so well for me. It'll get real hot for about a minute and then go off and on, so it takes too long and then my cooker is too hot to reset to another setting. (which she suggest doing or let it finish in the cycle I'm sauteing in) It then won't work until it cools off for a couple of minutes. OR if I'm on the quick cook cycle for saute' for example, the cooker will go all the way through the cycle before the veggies are soft enough. If it's just an onion or garlic it's fine but more veggies don't work so well, and I'm just going to start using the pan for that step instead of the cooker. So I have to was a skillet. Big deal. Might just be my cooker I don't know.
    This book is really a must have for anyone with a rice cooker. Love it!...more info
  • Works great with my little 4 cup on/off rice cooker.
    I use this cookbook more than any of my others. Everything I have made from here has turned out excellent, and I have tried at least 25 of the recipes. Probably more now that I think about it. I just have a little 4 cup on/off machine and it's big enough for most of the recipes, and for the whole meal section I cut the recipes in half. I don't make the recipes that call for the fuzzy logic cooker in my on/off rice cooker, but they turn out great on my stove or in my slow cooker. A hint though: If you have more than three people at dinner you may have to double the rice recipes....more info
  • not bad, but not really necessary
    This cookbook isn't the best, but it's not the worst either.

    I definitely do NOT think it is required reading if you own a rice cooker. Most of the stuff they mention is A) common sense, and B) depends on your exact rice cooker, so they can only tell you in general what to do.

    I find myself rarely looking at it. I find the writing style annoying - the authors gush endlessly about how rice cookers must have fallen from heaven. That combined with generic, common sense recommendations, does not make for a useful read.

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  • Inaccurate and vague
    I've been using rice cookers for about 20 years with both white rice and mixed grains (brown rice, beans, oat groats, etc). I just received this book hoping to learn some new tricks. Reading the first chapter, describing how the different types of rice cookers work, I'm amazed at inaccuracies/vagueness.

    On page 1, they write that the sensor detects when the water is boiled off and the amount of rice doesn't affect the cooking time. This is clearly wrong--these types of rice cookers prevent all but a small amount of steam from escaping so almost all the water is absorbed. Both the quantity and type of rice affect the rate of water absorption.

    On page 5, they describe the induction heating type cooker (the most recent technology, which I own and was hoping for a little insight into) as being fitted with "state-of-the-art microm technology designed for sensitive sensor timing and temperature delivers a finished product that is the most evenly cooked of any method available because of the accuracy of the microm technology controlled by a microcomputer (think microchip)." So they've said the induction machines differ from the fuzzy logic ones by the inclusion of a microm microcomputer which is like a microchip. However, the other type--fuzzy logic--so they haven't explained how they're different. It's as if a non-technical person speculated on how, say, a helicopter works. You'll get an answer but it won't be very useful--it almost sounds like they're saying something but the gleaning of actual information are few and far between.

    On page 9, they acknowledge that "some machines have separate settings for both brown and (white) rice". (Note, all the machines I've used for the last eight years have had brown rice settings.) However, most of the recipies ignore this distinction. For example, the four-grain pilaf on page 154 says either regular or brown rice cycle. They're implying that there's no difference between the white rice and brown rice setting? Their lack of rigor in areas I know a little about, makes me suspicious of everything else. For example, I suspect they don't at all understand the difference between these cycles and didn't experiment with it much in their test kitchen....more info
  • a must if you have a rice cooker
    covers all the basics about the different kinds of rice, and lots of innovative recipies. Makes a fantastic kitchen gadget even better...and healthy as well....more info
  • One of the best cookbooks I have
    If you buy a rice cooker, this is the cookbook to have. It will expand your cooking tremendously. GREAT cookbook- good recipes, very well explained. Authors are experts and the best. ...more info
  • rice cooker cookbook
    I purchased this book for my college son but like it so much that I want to buy one for myself. It has a lot of variety and healthy recipes that can easily be made in the rice cooker....more info
  • Best rice cooker companion
    I just bought a fuzzy logic rice cooker // this book is the best // the recipes are great...more info
  • Cookbook that is not easy to use.
    I did not like this cook book. Have not used it and it looks to be very hard to find recipes. I wish I had not bought this book and would not recommend....more info
  • OK to read, but not a great cookbook
    This is one of the most annoying cookbooks I have ever read. The chirpy language is relentless.

    It is good if you want a brief history and rhapsodic prose about every type of organic rice and whole grain commercially available in the US. The commentary is typically longer than the recipe.

    On the other hand, if you don't know how you like to eat your oatmeal, this may be the cookbook for you.

    Example: "As with the cooking of all grains, we all have a way we like our cereal cooked...smooth and loose so it is a homogenous mush, with milk, or a bit stiff, so that the milk is a moat and can be cut into with a spoon. Open the cover and check the consistency of the cereal, give it a stir with your wooden or plastic paddle... If it looks too stiff, simply add another 1.4 to 1/2 cup of water or milk. If it looks too loose, either set for a second porridge cycle...blah blah blah... How to serve your porridge is entirely a matter of personal preference...create a moat of milk, half-and-half, rice milk, soy milk, or oat milk around your hot cereal. Whatever your choice, it's a good morning to you!"

    Since it covers on/off and fuzzy logic cookers, the actual recipes often boil down to experimentation: especially for beans and hot cereals ("Continue to tinker...adding or reducing the water about 1/4 cup at a time until your cooker is turning out rice that is perfectly suited to your tastes, jotting down the results...[this is the recipe for plain old rice]"). I could have done that without the cookbook! Recipes are also either for a 10 cup or 6 cup rice cooker, with few conversions, you're mostly on your own to convert. Don't buy at all if you have a small rice cooker.

    Most of the recipes are rice based or cereal based; there is a section on steaming that only works with an on/off cooker.

    I would have much preferred a book that took up 1/20th of my counter space, had 50-100 recipes, and had recipes only for a specific type of rice cooker. I don't think I can use any of the recipes.

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  • I am surprised so many rated this book so highly
    I still think its great to have so many recipies for my new rice cooker.. but there are three glaring errors with the book (I can remember at the moment).. It is also nice to have so many ideas.. That being said, consider the following:

    NOTE: I ordered mine about 11/2006, but the cover looks slightly different than the one pictured in Amazon (mine is copyright 2002)..

    On the bean recipies the book says to put extra water in and set the timer for 1.5 hours (presumably so the cooker will keep on cooking because the water never boils away).. The problem is that the book thinks the fuzzy logic cookers will do this.. I tried two zojurushi (sp), and neither the induction, nor the cheaper (fuzzy) one will work. I assume (I dont know, thats why I bought the book) that only the cheaper (non fuzzy) ricemakers can cook beans in the way described..

    BTW, for what its worth.. Ive used both the induction moder, and the non induction fuzzy models (the zojrushi models).. And I feel the 10 cup induction model makes the rice taste better... I believe its the check ball that helps keep the steam (and flavor) in the rice (instead of evaporating away).. Also note: I see people saving rice for days.. I think white (that lasts fresh the longest) is only good for a few hours (before it goes flat).. NOTE: Im not talking about going sour (like Ive read brown rice will do), but rather the special nutty aroma and taste disappears).

    In the bean chapter there is a chart for bean type, amount of water, and cook time. UNFORTUNATELY THERE IS NO WAY TO FIGURE OUT THE AMOUNT OF BEANS TO USE (so its useless). Annoyed, I tried 3x to figure it out (thinking maybe there was some hint in the beginning of the book (like how to use this book)..

    Although some recipies simply say to set the cooker to the regular cycle (as in white rice), most of the recipies I have tried say set the rice cooker to the "regular/brown" setting. To my ears this is like the dog named stay (as in come here... STAY!).. In other words it sounds like they are telling me to do two things at once (and I can only do one or the other).. As I write this, Im guessing maybe they mean the brown setting (BUT IT SHOULDNT BE THAT HARD TO FIGURE OUT).

    It was affordable, but Im thinking of tossing the book out.

    I'll try and check back here if anyone has comments.. ...more info
  • Great book
    This really is a great book for things to make in your rice cooker. A lot of awesome ideas....more info
  • Cooker and book sale review
    The cooker and book are in excellent condition with many delicious sounding recipes. A friend of mine sot the same offer and has taught herself to cook many rice dishes. I am hoping to be as lucky....more info
  • Not just an ordinary rice cooker cookbook
    This book rocks. It's packed with goodies. I bought it to go with my rice cooker and I am so glad, because the rice cooker instructions suck. Should be on every rice lover's cookbook shelf....more info


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