About Me

About me…

Hello! I’m Angi and I live with my husband Nathan in San Francisco. By day, I’m a PhD student working hard to finish her degree sooner rather than later I work as the director of an innovation lab at an independent, all-girls school. By night, I do my own brand of learning in the kitchen. Also living with us is a black kitty named Toro who eats by the motto “No Kibble Left Behind” and is currently mastering the ninja skills to steal chicken and broccoli(!) from the humans without being noticed.

We are what I like to call home cooks with nomadic tendencies, traveling the world one recipe at a time. We are particularly fond of traditional recipes from cultures all across the globe, those that have outlasted trends and fashions. We love discovering the timeless, comforting dishes that moms and grandmas (and dads and grandpas) have been cooking for generations.

Don’t get me wrong, we love a modernist meal complete with foams and liquid nitrogen as much as anyone so don’t hesitate to invite us to Alinea, or WD-50, or Fat Duck. But we’ll leave that type of cooking to the experts.

About this blog…

I started this blog back in 2007 around the time of my 30th birthday – happy birthday to me! Like many of my fellow bloggers, I thought it would be fun to keep a journal of recipes, photos, and stories. I didn’t know how long I would keep this going and came to the decision that I would write as long as I’m having fun. To be honest, I never imagined anyone else would bother to read this other than my sister, a few close friends, and my parents on days when they have a faster-than-modem-speed internet connection. So really, just my sister and a few close friends.

Originally, I named this blog “rice & wheat” as a way to say that we cook all types of dishes without bias, whether they be from rice- or wheat-based cultures. But my friend Ben came up with a much, much cleverer explanation: I am “rice” and Nathan is “wheat.” So now, you can choose which you like better.

To sum up…

I like to cook stuff, write about stuff, take pictures of said cooked stuff, and hope that it will sometimes make you want to cook that stuff too. That’s really all there is to it.

Thanks so much for visiting! Please, make yourself at home. And I do hope you’ll stay a while.

Oh and if you would like to contact me, drop me a note to say hi, or just send me cute pictures of kittens, I’m at angi (at) riceandwheat (dot) com.

Psst, I also keep a photo/non-food blog. Come visit!


  1. Billy said:
    15 July 2010 at 3:52 am

    Hello Angi,

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    • angi said:
      15 July 2010 at 3:31 pm

      Thanks Billy! I will definitely check out your new site!

  2. delquin said:
    19 July 2010 at 5:36 am

    hi Angi!
    last week i googled a recipe for homemade baguettes for banh mi and it took me to your page! your food adventures are so much fun and your photos are incredible! i look forward to your new posts :)


    • angi said:
      19 July 2010 at 6:20 pm

      Hi Delquin! Yay, you found my blog! ^_^ Thanks for reading and I hope to put up a new post soon!

  3. Ed Feng said:
    30 September 2010 at 9:54 pm


    So what’s the deal with the name “Rice and Wheat”? You seem to cook many other things…


    • angi said:
      30 September 2010 at 10:03 pm

      I guess when I was choosing the name, I wanted to say that I love cooking all food, from both rice-based and wheat-based cultures. But then I felt too lazy to write all that out. Then my friend Ben (of You Fed a Baby Chili?) told me he always thought the name is because Rice=me and Wheat=Nathan. So I guess that works too! ^_^

  4. Damaris said:
    8 November 2010 at 4:32 am

    Ben told me you guys come to Santa Cruz all the time. I totally missed you at the Festival this weekend. I guess I’ll have to see you around in Santa Cruz.

    • angi said:
      8 November 2010 at 7:21 pm

      I know, I’m sad I didn’t get to meet you and Mariko in person too – darn! I think we actually must have walked right by each other because I went up to Ben at some point and he was like ‘I just met Damaris and Mariko.’ See you around Santa Cruz!

  5. Amy said:
    21 January 2011 at 2:24 pm


    Hi! I’m another lucky soul who googled “Doro Wat” and found your blog! I admittedly cheated on my first attempt at Doro Wat, but am now excited to make the real deal: Niter Kibbeh, Berbere, injera and the whole nine yards! If I get a good result on my injera I’ll post back. If not, I’ll post back and confess where I bought them in Seattle!


    P.S. My cat, Sumo, definately agrees with Toro on “No Kibble Left Behind!”

    • angi said:
      21 January 2011 at 3:19 pm

      Welcome Amy! I’m so happy to hear that you tried the Doro Wat and that you loved it as much as me! I wouldn’t say you cheated at all – cheating would mean you went out and bought pre-made Doro Wat. ;) And yes, please please post back if you find a good way to make injera. By the way, “Sumo and Toro” would be a good name for a sitcom, no? ^_^

  6. tom said:
    26 January 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Hi, Angi,
    Best to you and Nathan. Today’s ragu looks great.

    • angi said:
      27 January 2011 at 11:59 am

      Thanks for reading, Tom!

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