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Vidya Rao

Vidya Rao is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor focused on food, health & wellness and small businesses. She’s a journalism school and culinary school alum with a particular expertise in plant-based cooking.

Vidya Rao is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor focused on food, health & wellness and small businesses. She’s a journalism school and culinary school alum with a particular expertise in plant-based cooking.

Latest from Vidya Rao

What is ube? This purple yam will make your desserts pop

A staple in Filipino cooking, ube has stunningly bright purple flesh and a sweet, nutty flavor with hints of vanilla and pistachio.
7d ago

Barbecue: The Black and Indigenous roots of an American tradition

Barbecue is ubiquitous in America, but the role of Black chefs and Indigenous traditions in creating that culture has been largely overlooked.

What is chili crisp? This spicy condiment belongs on everything — even dessert

Chili crisps and oils, while already popular, became even more in-demand during the pandemic, often selling out.

Halloumi is the cheese you can grill — here's how to do it

You can eat halloumi raw, but why would you? Grilling or frying it makes it so much better.
36d ago

These AAPI chefs are reclaiming the narrative of what Asian cuisine means

Asian American chefs are changing the expectations around what 'authentic’ cuisine means — and are seizing the moment to cook their food their way.

How to cook kale — in salads, soups, stews and beyond

With a few simple steps, you can prepare kale that is a culinary pleasure, and you’ll be doing your body a favor, too.

6 natural sugar substitutes that are great for baking

There are a variety of natural sugar substitutes — like stevia, monk fruit and coconut sugar — that you can use instead of white or brown sugar.
63d ago

What are prebiotic foods? 10 foods that can help improve gut health

While every prebiotic is fiber, not all fiber is prebiotic. Got it?

Mushroom for improvement: How to cook with these flavorful fungi

One of the best ways to cook mushrooms is also the easiest: a simple sauté in butter and oil, a combo that makes the mushrooms extra decadent.
71d ago

The 13 best kitchen knife sets of 2021

It's time to upgrade your kitchen knives.