We started a Kickstarter project of creating an e-book with online videos to show you how to make sushi, from a master sushi chef.

We are wondering what the odds are that an American family has a rice cooker. We are thinking of adding a section in the book to teach people how to cook rice using their pans, to save them money from buying rice cookers.

closed as not constructive by Joe, KatieK, Aaronut Oct 26 '12 at 2:31

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    Surely your actual question is: "what are the odds that an American who would buy a book about making sushi has a rice cooker or would be willing to buy one?" – Cascabel Oct 24 '12 at 20:09
  • An informal survey of (engineer) coworkers yielded the following data: 5 out of 7 coworkers have a rice cooker. Of the two who didn't, one is single and eats only instant rice, the other is me who already knows how to cook rice in a pot so I didn't replace my cooker when it broke. – Sobachatina Oct 24 '12 at 20:28
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    Sobachatina : wow. I've worked in places where you're lucky if 2 out of 7 even knew how to cook, much less had a rice cooker. At once place, 3 of 6 of the employees lived in a home with a rice cooker, but as 3 of shared an apartment, if you went by homes it was only 1 of 4 had one. – Joe Oct 25 '12 at 2:44
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    Hmm, "this question will likely solicit...polling"? – Cascabel Oct 25 '12 at 4:32
  • @Joe- Having a rice cooker doesn't imply cooking ability. Those coworkers that had one did so because they weren't confident cooking rice without it. – Sobachatina Oct 25 '12 at 14:57

Most American households don't have rice cookers - it's just not part of traditional American kitchens. Most Asian-American households probably do. Some reasonable fraction of people likely to make sushi do - but probably not all.

But this seems beside the point. Cooking rice in a pot is simple, and won't take a significant amount of work to explain. Why not just do it?

  • Maybe you are right! – user1187968 Oct 24 '12 at 20:28

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