The rice cooker: Liberating generations of chefs

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Cooking rice on a wood-burning stove was an art, says Anne Ewbank. Around 1945, engineer Masaru Ibuka started a small company in an abandoned department store that fixed radios. His team was often paid in rice, and their first invention was a rice cooker. Ibuka eventually founded Sony. Ewbank documents the history of rice cookers in her piece for Atlas Obscura.



Evan Kleiman