I bought this actually to see if it worked, I followed directions to the T. I cooked the cheesecake, had to cook it repeatedly while flipping over an hour. I thought maybe it was me, so the following day cooked the meatloaf, hit the button once came to flip and cool and cook again. Well, there goes cooker. I had to finish the meatloaf in my oven.
So I've decided to stick to my old school rice cooker, it's the same thing but bigger and just as easy to clean. Too bad I couldn't give it -5 stars.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I also tried the cheesecake recipe, and it took an hour to make because I had to stand next to the cooker to flip it from "warm" to "cool" several times. It was not worth the hassle and next time I will just use my oven.