Film critic Roger Ebert died at age 70 after a long battle with cancer of the thyroid and salivary glands. Best known for his witty movie reviews, Ebert was also a food enthusiast who, among the more than a dozen books he wrote, penned "The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker."
The book was published in 2010, four years after surgery that damaged his carotid artery left him with a hole in his throat and unable to eat, drink or speak. He was fed liquid paste through a tube in his stomach, but undeterred (the quality for which he was so widely admired), he finished the book that started as a blog post.
"To be sure, health problems now prevent me from eating," he wrote. "That has not discouraged my cooking. Now cooking is an exercise more pure, freed of biological compulsion."
A food fan, Ebert wrote at length about the hamburger chain Steak 'n Shake in his autobiography, "Life Itself: A Memoir." "If I were on death row, my last meal would be from Steak 'n Shake." He once old the New York Times, "Food for me is in the present tense. Eating for me is now only in the past tense."