The Rice Cooker Chronicles

The Rice Cooker Chronicles was inspired by Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant, a collection of essays about the pleasures and challenges of cooking for oneself or eating out alone. It’s not hard to see how this fits into the JET experience: sometimes solitary, surrounded by unfamiliar food. How do you buy ingredients when you can’t read labels in the supermarket? Do you try a restaurant even though you don’t have a companion to accompany you? From that prompt, our writers branched out into their relationships with food in Japan. 

We welcome more essays about how food shaped your time in Japan.

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My Rice-Ball World, by Meredith Hodges-Boos

Broccoli Lover Learns to BBQ, by Clara Solomon

Nattode, by Justin Tedaldi

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