Roger Ebert Cookbook to Hit Shelves

September 6, 2010

Before long we will get to delve in to the genius of Roger Ebert’s cookbook “The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker.” Though he cannot eat anymore, he still has a passion for the culinary arts. The whole story, including photos and videos is below.

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Back in 2002 he was diagnosed with cancer leading to an eventual removal of his jaw. Due to this he can longer talk, eat, drink or smell, but still loves cooking. And according to all those involved it should be a winner!

The once legendary movie critic is quite the enthusiast and according to his wife, Chaz and his editor his thoughts on food will make Roger Ebert’s cookbook new and exciting. Food apparently was always a big part of his life and now he shares his knowledge with us.

“It’s all experience, my visuals and friendly tasters. I’ve used The Pot so very many times I know what everything I make in it MUST taste like. I am a quick, direct, practical and simple cook, which is why the rice cooker had such an appeal to me.”

Hearing him talk about it makes me want to run out and get one. He seems to be so enthusiastic about it and it must be so hard to miss out on something that obviously used to be a huge part of his life.

“I love spicy and Indian. Food for me is in the present tense. Eating for me is now only in the past tense. I can remember the taste and smell of everything, even though I can no longer taste or smell.”

Nothing can be done to repair his situation as far as eating is concerned. The only option is to get reconstructive surgery to make his face look more like it used to. However, after all the procedures he’s undergone, he’s done with the operating room.

“No more surgeries for me. I’m not going to talk or eat or drink again. So the surgery would only be to patch my face back together. I don’t want to go through that. This is the way I look and my life is happy and productive, so why have any more surgery?… Nobody looks perfect. We have to find peace with the way we look and get on with life.”

Well I think it is great that he is still finding a way to experience his passions. What do you think about a Roger Ebert cookbook? Will you pick up a copy? Will there be more projects coming from the 68 year old? Leave me your comments after you check out these photos and videos.

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Photos:, Nikki Nelson, FayesVision, C.M. Wiggins, Sam Wilson

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One Response to “Roger Ebert Cookbook to Hit Shelves”

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    Miriam Says:

    I’ll get my copy as soon as I can!!