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Sally Strackbein is a speaker and author. To find out more about her programs and services, visit or call (703) 262-0361.
Her article below is used by permission.

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Sally’s Kitchen – The Story

It was summer. It was hot. And we needed to eat. My choices were:

I discovered another solution – a simple, safe way to cook that is fast, cheap, convenient, and delicious.

Our son came up with the solution.

Tim, our son, came home from college one weekend asking how to cook in his dorm room. He had just moved from a 4-person room to a 2-person room for the summer session. The two other roommates took their microwave and refrigerator with them when they went home for the summer. He had recently decided to change his food habits, searching for a more healthy diet. I suggested we go shopping to discover what might work for him.

Tim’s new diet consists of rice, vegetables and fish, so he wanted to look at rice cookers. I tried to steer him to a more normal kind of electric hot pot, although I’ve used a rice cooker for years and love it. I thought you only cooked rice in a rice cooker. He showed me a rice cooker box and it mentioned cooking soups and stews. "Hmmm. This may work," I mumbled.

The solution is a rice cooker.

The more I thought about it, the more sense it made. If he could cook foods other than rice, what a safe appliance it would be for a dorm! A rice cooker turns itself down to "warm" and not burn the food if he gets distracted.

Still, all he wanted to use his rice cooker for was rice and ramen noodles. The more I thought about it, the more I visualized one pot meals like I had created for Y2K Kitchen.

I got home and threw some spaghetti, spaghetti sauce and water in my rice cooker and turned it on. I had to keep adding water, but it finally cooked and tasted quite
good. The spaghetti had absorbed the flavor of the sauce and remained al dente. Not bad!

It's all one-step.

It was simple. I just threw all of the raw ingredients together in the rice cooker. I didn’t have to cook the spaghetti, then risk scalding myself while dumping the spaghetti water down the sink, cook the sauce, then decide whether to mix them together or serve them separately.

The best part is that I dirtied only one pan. I love cooking and I hate pan washing.

The spaghetti stuck to the pan. So I bought another rice cooker. This one has a non-stick pan. What a difference! I was on a roll.

Who needs rice cookers?

What can I cook in a rice cooker?

Almost anything! For the last 6 weeks, whatever we’ve eaten has been cooked in the rice cooker. I’d like to change the name from "rice cooker" to "Everything Cooker."

Here is a partial list of food I cooked in my rice cooker:

Why do I use a rice cooker instead of a pot on the stove?

Using a rice cooker is simple, cheap, and convenient. A rice cooker is an electric pot that is designed to boil water fast, then automatically turn down the heat when the rice is cooked to avoid burning the rice. It has two settings: 1) cook like mad, and 2) keep food warm forever. Because rice cookers are designed to never burn rice, I discovered a rice cooker never burns anything!

The best part is that they are safe for unattended cooking. If the phone rings, I feel safe just walking away from my cooking for a minute. I know that the rice cooker will not burn the food or start a fire because it automatically and instantly reduces the heat before the food burns and then holds the food at a nice warm 140 degrees until I come back and switch it back to cook.

Like many great discoveries, mine was almost an accident motivated by a problem.

I discovered a simple, safe way to cook that is also fast, cheap, convenient, and delicious. Rice cookers are cheap. You can buy them almost anywhere.

A rice cooker turns itself from "cook" to "warm" when the liquid in the pot has been absorbed. Food will not catch on fire if I forget to watch the stove.

The heat stays in the rice cooker. It doesn’t heat the kitchen.

I don’t need to dump boiling water in the sink and risk scalding myself.

For many recipes, I just dump the ingredients in the pot, turn it on and go do something else.

Most recipes cook quickly -- in a half hour or less.

Vegetables stay crunchy and healthful.

The rice cooker is almost as fast as the microwave and safer because the food is always cooked all the way through, with no raw or cold spots.

I’m so happy with my rice cooker ideas that I want to share them with you! rice cooker cooking is the ideal way to cook simple, delicious meals in an ever-busy world. rice cookers provide a safe way for both new and experienced cooks to cook without creating a huge mess and without burning food.

Copyright © 2000 Sally Strackbein. Sally Strackbein is a speaker and author. To find out more about her programs and services, visit or call (703) 262-0361. Her article, above, is used by permission.

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Ultimate Rice Cooker Coobook Hensperger Revised

The Ultimate Rice
Cooker Cookbook Revised Edition:
250 Rice Cooker Recipes
& Much More

by Beth Hensperger & Julie Kaufmann

A rice cooker should be in every kitchen, and so should this cookbook! Chef Martin Yan

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The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook Revised

Rice cookers are perfect for the way we cook today: Versatile and convenient, they have one-button technology, don’t take up too much counter space, and are a breeze to clean. And they can do so much more than produce foolproof rice, beans, and grains. This new edition takes note of the whole-grain revolution in U.S. kitchens and offers recipes for a host of new (and rediscovered) grains, like quinoa, millet, couscous, kamut, and spelt, whose popularity is rising fast. It focuses on a wider variety of rices, too, with lots of ideas for red, black, basmati, jasmine, and Arborio rices, as well as partially milled white rice, which looks and cooks like white rice but has the nutritional value of brown rice. The authors have also added a complete guide to the newer rice cookers that have come to the market since the original edition, including induction-cooking and pressure-cooking rice cookers and models that replace the old buttons-and-dials approach with more complex digital displays. Alongside many favorites from the first edition, from Carrot Basmati Pilaf and Italian Sausage Risotto to French Polenta and Maple-Cinnamon Rice Pudding, the 10th anniversary edition serves up more than 50 tempting new recipes, from a rich and soothing Sweet Brown Rice with Curry, Carrots, and Raisins to a warm and satisfying Millet, Winter Squash, and Sweet Pea Pilaf.

Unlock the full potential of your rice cooker to make great one-pot meals, side dishes, finger-food appetizers, hearty breakfasts, and even desserts with The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook!

By Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann. Revised edition. Softcover, 368 pages.

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My wife loves the Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook. The rice cooker she'd been using didn't work well -- now that she's read some of the cookbook she understands why. She used her new Zojirushi "fuzzy logic" rice cooker tonight and I must admit it was really good. I haven't been a big fan of rice in the past but I believe with the new Zojirushi cooker, this may change. Thanks for the recommendation. John Palmer, Goochland VA

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