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Lectures from the Allen Room & Wertheim Study, Lunch Hour NYC Exhibition: Rice: the Immigrant Grain


January 31, 2013

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How and why did rice, primarily long grain white rice, arrive in the British colonies and become big business?  Rice origins are Asian and West African, and it is through the movement of Asian and West African populations, whether voluntary or compulsory, that rice eventually became an established staple in US agriculture.  US rice consumption continues to increase as immigrants arrive from different rice cultures.   From hoppin’john to rice cakes to food truck pilaf to sushi, rice is everywhere, although you may not have noticed.  

Renee Marton, a writer in residence in the Library's Allen Room, was a restaurant chef for many years and now teaches in culinary schools in NYC.   She has written about food history for academic journals and food encyclopedias.

Today’s talk is taken from her new book, Rice: a Global History, due in 2013, published by Reaktion Books, UK.

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