The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook
4.5 Stars / Top Pick!
The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook, by Beth Hensperger, is a great compilation. I have a rice cooker myself- so convenient. This book includes 250 recipes for every kind of rice dish imaginable. There is a table of contents, which makes the recipes easy to find. I love that this book begins with a Japanese nursery rhyme. I didn't know that rice cookers have been available since the 1950's, interesting fact.
I like that the first chapter is step-by-step how to make rice in your rice cooker. The basics are always important. The breakfast and porridge section is really neat- rice cookers aren't for rice only. There is also a section on vegetables that can be cooked, or steamed, in a rice cooker.
I wish there would have been a few pictures. In that aspect this cookbook is sorely lacking. Pictures would have made this a perfect cookbook. I love the mail-order section toward the end and the measurement equivalent section too. The explanation on how to make Ghee was a favorite of mine:
*Cut 1/2 cup of unsalted butter into quarters,
*Heat slowly in a small, heavy saucepan set on the lowest heat- do not stir
*Allow to simmer gently about 20 minutes
*It will smell nutty and the milk solids, which will settle to the bottom, will turn golden brown
*The transparent butter will float on top- this is the ghee
*Strain the butter through cheesecloth into another container without disturbing sediment
*Store ghee in a covered container in the refrigerator- it will solidify
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Columnist Pamela Robinson: Pamela is an author and reviewer.