This is the most versatile kitchen appliance I have ever owned. It wasn't the plan, but now I use it every day. I set it up at night to have (quietly) cooked breakfast grains waiting for me when I awake. Then set it up to cook my dinner while I'm out. There are online recipes, blogs, user discussions, etc. that you can make use of. Overall, I think the presets are fun to use but are more than the typical user needs ... the manual setting alone would do. The rice setting cooks rice perfectly and can be used to cook other grains such as millet, as well. The "cake" setting should really be labeled "polenta" setting. I have been unable to cook a traditional fluffy cake of any sort in this. But, who buys a pressure cooker to bake in?!? I've owned other traditional pressure cookers with the hissy rockers and fussy seals ... this is so much better than those, it should not be described using the same Pressure Cooker term, perhaps a Precious Cooker would do. Anyway, I'm rambling. I just cannot recommend this baby high enough.