When is a rice cooker not only a rice cooker? When it becomes one of the most versatile and useful tools in any contemporary cook's kitchen. Of course we all know that you can make perfect rice in a rice cooker, but did you know that whole grains and beans are also perfectly suited to this appliance? These wonderful recipes - created specifically to be used in a rice cooker - are inspired by flavours from around the corner and around the world. Virtually every type of meal can be prepared in a rice cooker, from appetizers, soups and salads to main dishes, one pot meals and side dishes. Home cooks in the mood for a hearty stew, paella, a heavenly risotto or some authentic homemade dim sum need look no further than their rice cooker and these recipes for perfect results every time. The delicious and time-saving recipes, perfect for the busy working family and experienced gourmet cooks alike, include: - Arroz con pollo. - Italian sausage and portobello mushroom risotto. - Grits jambalaya. - Roasted corn and quinoa salad. - Chocolate banana oatmeal. - Pancetta and pea risotto. - Caribbean pilaf with red quinoa. - Barley cioppino. - White chipotle turkey chilli. - Black-eyed pea, turkey and Swiss chard stew. - Lemony risotto with shrimp. The author also includes valuable information on rice cooker features, the background and descriptions of rice, beans and grains as well as cooking time charts for perfecting rice, beans and grains in a rice cooker. Packed with great meal ideas, easy-to-master techniques and wonderful serving suggestions, chef Katie Chin has created a book every home cook will use over and over again.