Whether cooking basmati, jasmine or red, everyone has a way to make rice. Measure up to the first knuckle? Wash until the water runs clear? Stovetop or rice cooker with bells and whistles? This week, Good Food gets granular with rice — how it's grown, how it's cooked, and how it's eaten. Dr. Amber Spry opens her identity politics class each semester by asking students to share how their family cooked rice. Culinarian historian Michael Twitty shares how red rice came to the American South by way of Western Africa. Rice royalty Robin Koda documents her family’s legacy of growing Japanese rice in California. Matt Goulding explores the controversy over paella in Spain. The history of the rice cooker is explained by Anne Ewbank. Finally, Sophia Parsa is making tahdigs with her mother for this week’s edition of “In the Weeds.”
Rice: How we grow, cook, and eat it
From this Episode:
Using a ‘ricebreaker’ to start a conversation about cultural identity
Dr. Amber Spry is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Politics at Brandeis University.
How did rice find its way to the American South?
In the American South, rice turns a collection of dishes into a meal. Michael Twitty is an African American Jewish writer, culinary historian, and educator.
Growing Japanese rice in California
Like anything in America, the story of rice is not monolithic. Just look at California, where rice has been grown in the region surrounding the Sacramento Valley for more...
Stirring up controversy in a paella pan
Paella is precious in Valencia, Spain. Food writer Matt Goulding asserts that you can find the entire history of Spain within the perimeter of the paella pan. The key to the...
The rice cooker: Liberating generations of chefs
Cooking rice on a wood-burning stove was an art, says Anne Ewbank. Around 1945, engineer Masaru Ibuka started a small company in an abandoned department store that fixed...