Glamorous Rice

Posted on Mar 14 2011 - 6:34am by RetroRuth

“We have been working really hard on this stupid rice cookbook.”


“I don’t know. I am just afraid the food photography people are going to screw it up.”

“What do you mean?”

“Well, if someone is looking at a plate with a big slab of meat on it, they aren’t going to look at the rice. It’s plain. It’s boring. No one gets excited by a rice side dish.”

“Oh…I see what you mean. Okay. Well. Maybe we can just put lots of rice on the plate.”


“And then have them turn it so the rice faces the camera.”


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“I don’t know if that is enough rice. We really want people to see the rice, you know?”

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“Yeah! That’s it.”

“I still don’t know.  We’ve hidden the meat and added more rice, but it just isn’t enough. It just seems a little plain to me, you know. A little white.”

“Maybe we should add some color?”

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From 75 Glamorous Rice Dishes, approx 1955

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  1. Sara In AZ March 14, 2011 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Ahhhhhhhhh yes, the old carrots and peas trick!

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