The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker
In The Pot and How to Use It, Roger Ebert--Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic, admitted competent cook, and long-time electric rice cooker enthusiast--gives readers a charming, practical guide to this handy and often-overlooked kitchen appliance.
While The Pot and How to Use It contains numerous and surprisingly varied recipes for electric rice cookers, it is much more than...more
This quote from Roger Ebert's witty, irreverent guidebook illustrates his no-nonsense approach to cooking, using the simplest of tools (the rice pot) and ingredients (brown rice, oatmeal, beans and such, enhanced by a few "secret ingredients"). This approach is far from refined or pretentious. It is, in fact, the antithesis of pretension. Ebert's opening salvo states, "This is a little book for people who would like to be able to prepare meals simply and qui...more
The downside: a lot of the book is written by other people, friends and people who comment on Ebert's blog. I didn't find that nearly so interesting as Ebert...more
That being said, I'...more
Fast forward to 2013. I read in an Ebert obit that he'd published this book about rice cookers...more
It's not at all my style of cookbook. I prefer to have someone tell me exactly what to do... and then I change as much as I like. But I want to have a really specific base line. I don't have a great tolerance for screwing up when I cook, so I'm not one for learning how to prepare stuff "the hard way" as he recommends. This book was a short, interesting, and funny read.
Someone who's more into winging it in the kitchen might enjoy this book more.
I think the bo...more
I am a very confident cook, but it offers such "you can't miss it" style tips that I'm still a bit concerned about making room in my cupboard for something I might not use. I already have an electric rice and veggie steamer.
5 Stars for the writing, offset by 3 stars for clarity.
Do read it if you like thinking about...more
The book was funnier than a normal recipe book, and while I didn't get too many new ideas I enjoyed reading it.
He was known for his weekly review column (appearing in the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and later online) and for the television program Siskel & Ebert at the Movies, which he co-hosted for 23 years with Gene Siskel. After Siskel's death in 1999, he auditioned several potential replacements, ultimately choo...more