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The Amazing World Of Rice: with 150 Recipes for Pilafs, Paellas, Puddings, and More Paperback – Dec 5 2002

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Simmons, the author of a host of user-friendly cookbooks and the "Healthy Cooking" column in Bon Appetit, here puts to rest the stereotype of rice as a bland starch served alongside Asian food. For those who thought a rice cookbook could only be a treatise on 1950's-style rice salads or a primer on How to Boil Rice, this vibrant, multicultural collection of original recipes should come as a welcome treat. Simmons's range is broad: Black Bean Chipotle and Rice Soup with Cilantro Cream rubs shoulders with Lamb Kebabs on Persian-style golden rice, Curried Coconut Rice with Cauliflower, Butternut Squash, Green Beans, and Cashews, and Hoppin' John; she also concocts a vast array of risotto and paella variations. An intriguing rice glossary covers the relatively familiar territory of basmati, Arborio and jasmine and introduces readers to the more obscure Bomba, Camargue and Rosematta grains. And while Simmons has built a reputation on lean, low-fuss recipes (such as her 365 Ways to Cook Pasta), she takes a detour with this book: these meticulous recipes often require several read-throughs and thorough preparation to succeed (the book also would have benefited from photographs). Still, despite its format problems, the book offers dazzling proof that rice will always be much more than a staple.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.


“Marie Simmons’s book The Amazing World of Rice honors this simple grain with her collection of delectable recipes.” (Su-Mei Yu, Award-Winning Author of Cracking the Coconut)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Amazing Rice Indeed Sept. 13 2014
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So I decided to go for it and explore one of the most popular foods on the planet and I'm so glad I did. Although 'The Amazing World of Rice' doesn't boast amazing photos, the recipes included are versatile and delicious. I was never a rice fan and always seemed to conjure up the same tired recipes, this cookbook helped elevate my rice repertoire. I definitely recommend.
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Great gift June 25 2012
By Pamela L. Morrison - Published on
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My brother in law started cooking paella after his return from Mississippi. I think he loved the cuisine from the LA area and I wanted to give him a book that had recipes for him to try in his quest for the perfect paella. I think it was a great gift. Great book. Exactly what I was looking for.
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Three Stars July 18 2015
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Short on interesting information. Long on recipes!
Great cookbook to have in the kitchen! Aug. 10 2015
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If you love to cook with rice. This is a great book providing interesting stories associated with the derivation of rice. Interesting information about the different types of rice. Great recipes! Very useful cook book to have in the kitchen.
Great book for rice lovers May 28 2015
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A very complete review of the various varieties of rice and how to use them. I was impressed with the amount of research done on this book - impressive.