Worldwide Obesity Epidemic

United States Heads Obese List
Japanese Adults Slimmest

A detailed report in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that Americans are leading in the worldwide obesity epidemic.

Worldwide about 12 percent of adults are obese. This compares with 38 percent in the United States and only 2.7 percent in Japan.  Obesity rates among American children Continue reading

Watercress

How to cook Asian dishes with Watercress

Watercress

Watercress is a fast-growing perennial vegetable native to Europe and Asia.

It is one of the oldest known left vegetables to be eaten.  In Europe and North America , Watercress is a minor vegetable, appearing in salads and sometimes soups and sandwiches. In many of the cuisines of the Pacific Rim, it is Continue reading

Can This Noodle Stop Cancer? / ソバ麺

Buckwheat Fights Cancer
Helps Regulate Cholesterol

Soba Buckwheat

Soba Buckwheat Noodles

Buckwheat is currently not very popular as a human food in North America.  But it is a favorite in Japan, where it plays an important role in Japanese Cuisine, especially in the form of Soba Noodles, Continue reading

Can Walnuts Stop Cancer?

Ellagic Acid Helps Combat Cancer
Benefits to Kidneys, Urinary Functions

Walnuts can certainly play a role in a healthy diet that helps prevent and even control the condition.

Walnuts are high in Continue reading

Indian Cuisine

India - Sculpture head, Buddha meditating, India 12th century

Buddha Meditating, India 12th c.

Fish Curry From Bananas
Halva From Meat

“It is possible to eat what you believe to be a fish curry only to learn it was made from unripe bananas, or to taste a sweet halva and find it was made not of fruit or vegetables but meat.” — Attia Hosain and Sita Pasricha

An Ancient People and Cuisine: The Indian civilization is one of the oldest and most important in Continue reading

Chinese Cuisine

A Fanfare of Chopsticks
The World’s Best Cooks

“There would have been universal insistence, with a fanfare of chopsticks, upon irresistible Chinese food.” — Richard Hughes [1]

“It would not be an overstatement to maintain that the Chinese are the best cooks in the world.” — V. R. Burkhardt [2]

Jade Chopsticks

Jade Chopsticks
Collected by Berthold Laufer

Chinese food is everyone’s favorite cuisine, it seems.  This holds true whether you are chef, foodie, food writer, or ordinary eater.

It is true not only in China, but Chinese food is hugely enjoyed in Japan, Australia, North and South America, and Europe.  These days, excellent Chinese food is increasingly available in the Middle East and Africa, as restaurants open to serve expatriate Chinese workers in those regions. Continue reading

Lemongrass

Southeast Asia’s Not-So-Secret Ingredient
Citronella’s Cousin

“Lemongrass is one of the defining flavors of Vietnamese cooking.” — Charles Phan

Lemongrass has been called the not-so-secret ingredient of Vietnamese cuisine. But not just Vietnamese Thai, Cambodian, and other Asian cooks also use it to good effect.

Cooking with lemongrass

Lemongrass

What It Is: Lemongrass is the common name for a family of more than 50 species of a plant type native to India and tropical Asia.  Continue reading