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The Amazing World Of Rice: with 150 Recipes for Pilafs, Paellas, Puddings, and More Paperback – Nov 14 2014


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cookbooks; 1 edition (Dec 5 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060938420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060938420
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,356,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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

About the Author

Marie Simmons is a food writer, cooking school teacher, and award-winning cookbook author of over 20 cookbooks including "Fig Heaven, Rice: the Amazing Grain, Things Cooks Love, The Good Egg, and Fresh & Fast Vegetarian". She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ce18648) out of 5 stars 20 reviews
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HASH(0x9d09cb10) out of 5 stars Amazing Rice Indeed Sept. 13 2014
By KDonovan - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
HASH(0x9d09cb64) out of 5 stars I Looked But Did Not Cook Nov. 29 2014
By rnh17 - Published on Amazon.com
I know something about paellas, having cooked many, and less about biryanis, having cooked only a few. There are of course many ways to cook these dishes, but the recipes here seem both too complicated and lacking in some important detail. The paella recipes do not seem to make a proper sofrito, the flavor foundation, since the tomatoes are not cooked down to a paste. Water is added to the rice in stages, something I have not seen before. Typically you will cook the rice over high heat for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat for 8 minutes. These recipes call for one temperature, then popping in the oven for 10 minutes. If you are cooking on a stovetop, preferably in a paella pan, I don't know why you would need to use the oven at all.

The chicken biryani recipe also seems too complicated for someone starting out. Two rice preparations are called for, a garlic and chili pepper rice, and a saffron rice. Biryani is hard to get right, I don't know why if you are providing only one recipe in a book you would include this complication. In a biryani, it is important that the rice be initially undercooked. I find it hard to believe that the rice will still be undercooked after cooking covered on medium low heat for 12 minutes. The recipes I've seen generally call for cooking uncovered on higher heat for 4 or 5 minutes. You really have to test the hardness of the rice as it is cooking or you'll just be guessing. Knowing how much to undercook is part of the art. The recipe also calls for covering the dish tightly with foil. I've seen this before, and maybe it works, but I think you're courting disappointment if you don't cover the rice with a real cover, because you want a really good seal.

Finally, the style of the directions in this book is disconcerting. A single numbered direction might contain five or more directions.

In fairness, I only looked closely at the paella and biryani, and I would not make them. I might try the Spanish rice.
HASH(0x9d09cf18) out of 5 stars Great cookbook to have in the kitchen! Aug. 10 2015
By SnowyLeopard - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
HASH(0x9cfc5114) out of 5 stars Great book for rice lovers May 28 2015
By JME - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
HASH(0x9cfc545c) out of 5 stars Five Stars July 22 2015
By Karen Penrod - Published on Amazon.com
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A really interesting variety of recipes plus information about different kinds of rice.


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