The Best Slow Cookers

by Kristy Harvey •

All-Clad 99009 Slow Cooker

The slow cooker might have been around since the ‘70s, but this trusty kitchen essential has changed quite a bit over the past forty years. It’s faster, sleeker and more energy efficient and than its counter-top ancestors. No matter what your slow cook needs, there’s a top-rated model for you. And the best news? There’s not a drop of avocado …


The Best Rice Cookers

by Siel •


I recommend a fuzzy logic rice cooker if you eat rice every day, basically making your cooker an always-on device. Your rice will take about twice as long to cook as it does in on-off rice cookers — but if rice is part of your daily routine, that will never be a concern. In a fuzzy logic cooker, there will …

Top Rated Rice Cookers: Zojiriushi

by Justin Thomas •

Rice cooker reviews are little hard to find — the bigger consumer magazines don’t seem to cover them, but some other sources on the web do. Reviewers on Cool Tools and Sally’s Kitchen both recommend Zojirushi Rice Cookers. Popular in Japan, Zojirushi cookers are pricey ($150-$200). But they also have no-frills models for about $60.

TA-KE Floor Lamp

by Justin Thomas •

This “TA-KE” floor lamp is one of many affordable, asian-style lamps available from Shojidecor. Light on resources, it is made of thick rice paper with a satin steel finished base. Available for $89 in five colors from Shojidecor.

Rice Paper Whirl Lamp by Adesso

by Justin Thomas •

This lamp by Adesso has a fan-shaped, bamboo-ribbed, collapsible rice paper shade that stands 28″ tall. The metaefficiency comes through the use of bamboo and rice paper, both very light and renewable. Can be fitted with a CFL, if you like. Available for $87 from Contemporary Furniture Online.