Sushi rice is the basis for sushi! The author of "Sushi for Wimps" suggests that cooking it yourself on the stove is preferred to using a rice maker. I must admit, I didn't "fan the rice" more than a minute or two, but I did mix the mixture regularly until cool. One day I'll have the patience to follow the recipe exactly, until then, I'll feel okay about taking a short cut or two. (the yield is approximate but it's enough for a sushi dinner). A simple recipe for "sushi vinegar" can be found here: http://www.food.com/recipe/sushizu-sushi-vinegar-522874.