After Roger Ebert’s 2008 column about the startling versatility of rice cookers prompted a stunning outpouring of reader comments, America’s most beloved film critic turned into a cookbook author. Ebert’s The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker is due out September 21 from Andrews McMeel, reports the AP.
Written with Ebert’s signature dry wit, the book will likely garner as much attention for its author’s famous inability to eat as for its recipe content. Ebert, of course, takes the matter of his culinary detachment philosophically: “To be sure, health problems have prevented me from eating,” he writes in the book. “That did not discourage my cooking. It became an exercise more pure, freed of biological compulsion.”