The First Cross-Cultural Food
More Precious than the Ya-Hu Pearl
“What I call a gem is rice. If there is rice, the people are quiet; if there is no rice, the countryside revolts. Is it not better than the Ya-Hu pearl?” — Shang Wen
Rice Basics: For centuries, rice has held an almost mystical significance in a large part of Asia.
Rice is the main staple food of at least 17 Pacific Rim countries. It is also an important food in parts of Africa, the Middle East, Latin American and the Caribbean.
Rice amounts to about one-fifth of all the calories consumed by human being worldwide. Continue reading