Now that you’re out of your parents’ place, there may be those of you who aren’t prepared to cook anything more complicated than leftover pizza. Don’t panic.

If you want to take the next step from take-out and frozen meals to preparing your own dishes, Rice Cooker Meals is a good start. Seasoned chefs and the health-conscious may not find much in this book, but if you have a rice cooker and the necessary ingredients, you can make several hearty, home-cooked meals without any steps much more complicated than cutting vegetables and opening cans.

Yes, that does mean that you will have to do more than just set a timer, but this is a step into a more nutritious, less expensive culinary lifestyle.

Grade: B+

Rice Cooker Meals is currently available.