Rice is Life Cookbook Review

Rice is Life Cookbook Review

Title: Rice Is Life: Recipes and Stories Celebrating the World's Most Essential Grain
Author: Caryl Levine, Ken Lee, and Kristin Donnelly
Published: October 11, 2022, Chronicle Books
No. of Pages: 256
Cover Price: $29.95 Hardcover, $14.99 Kindle

I have always liked rice better than pasta, so Rice Is Life: Recipes and Stories Celebrating the World's Most Essential Grain
is a welcome cookbook to add to my collection. This is an excellent cookbook with more information than expected about rice. Not only does it cover many varieties of rice, it includes information on how it’s grown, how to cook different varieties, how to choose appliances, such as rice cookers and my favorite, Instant Pot or pressure cooker, to cook it (including time tables), and many recipes to use it. The authors have also included a troubleshooting chapter with helpful hints to eliminate mushy, overcooked, undercooked, sticky or scorched rice. This cookbook is an excellent choice for anyone who likes rice, which includes almost all of us.

The book includes beautiful photographs of not only most of the recipes, but also the landscape where it’s grown as well as the actual rice plants and areas where rice is grown. The photos are good enough that many readers will want to make something new every day with a new kind of rice.

The recipes are easy-to-follow and written in the traditional form so that both beginning and advanced cooks will have no problem preparing them. Included are appetizers, soups, side dishes, salads, main dishes and desserts calling for both rice and rice noodles. While many of the recipes have Asian roots, there are recipes from all over the globe.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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