Roger Ebert Loved Rice Cookers and Steak ’n Shake

You will be missed.
You will be missed. Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP/Corbis

“A downstate Illinois boy loves the Steak ’n Shake as a Puerto Rican loves rice and beans, an Egyptian loves falafel, a Brit loves banger and mash, a Finn loves reindeer jerky, and a Canadian loves doughnuts. This doesn’t involve taste. It involves a deep-seated conviction that a food is right, and always has been, and always will be.” —Roger Ebert, writing about the persistence and strength of his food memories after he lost the ability to eat. The cookbook author and film critic died today at the age of 70. [Vulture, Earlier]