Dear The Kitchen, What's the deal with rice cookers? I realize I rarely make rice at home because it often burns or takes longer to cook than I expected. I went searching on Amazon for rice cookers this morning and I see they come at a variety of prices. There's even one that doubles as a crock pot that might be good for my small kitchen. I also saw cook books for cooking a whole dinner right in the rice cooker. Is that for real? Best, Chris Le Creuset 2-quart Dutch Oven on sale for $49.98 at Broadway Panhandler. If you do have that extra shelf and counter space in your kitchen (lucky you!) and you want to try out a rice cooker, here is a very handy guide to selecting a rice cooker from Gourmet Sleuth. Sniffing around some of the major kitchen supply retailers, it seems the Zojirushi Neuro-Fuzzy Logic rice cookers are very popular. At a lower price-point, the Krups 10-cup Automatic rice cooker and the Cuisinart 4-cup rice cooker might be a more attractive (brushed stainless), and less complicated appliance for you. Finally, for kicks check out Sally's Kitchen for an account of one woman's love-affair with her rice cooker. She cooked all of the following: &bull Strawberry Pie Glaze &bull Stir Fry &bull Scrambled Eggs &bull New Potatoes with Onions &bull Spaghetti &bull Mexican Beef for Tacos or Burritos &bull Corn on the Cob &bull Tuna Noodles &bull Macaroni and Cheese &bull Rice &bull Oatmeal &bull Hot Dogs &bull Chicken Soup &bull Stew &bull Spare Ribs Let us know what you end up doing! But promise you'll go easy on the Tuna Noodles and Strawberry Pie Glaze.