Talking about bread, pasta, potatoes and rice in English
Talking about bread, pasta, potatoes and rice in English is easy to do in English because near all cultures eat these foods. But there is a challenge. The Chinese and the Italians don’t make pasta the same way. German bread and American bread aren’t the same. This means that when you talk about these foods, you need to be a bit more specific about how these foods are prepared.
These are the most common types of bread.
|white bread, sliced bread, sliced pan, Wonder bread|
|pumpkin seed bread|
|flatbreads: tortillas, durums, pita bread, lavash, Injera|
Average people do not normally talk about a particular species of potato. Instead, they talk about the potato dish they are having. For this reason, rather than listing potato varieties, I will list potato dishes.
|baked potatoes, jacket potatoes(GB)|
|potatoes au gratin|
|fries: Belgian fries, steak fries, potato fries, shoestring fries, cheese fries, crazy fries, sweet potato fries, freedom fries, French fries|
Pasta & Noodles
The only thing I love more than pasta, is more pasta. See below for a list of pastas and noodles.
|capellini, angel hair|
While pasta as we think of it is from Italy, pasta’s parents are from Asia. For this reason, when we think of pasta, we think of Italy, and when we think of noodles, we have to think of all of Asia. Here, I will name only a few of the hundreds and hundreds of types of Asian pasta. If you know of a noodle that isn’t on this list that should be, write me.
|cellophane noodles/glass noodles|
If you think there are many kinds of noodles, there are even more types of rice. here is a short list of types of rice.
|Rice dishes and types of rice|
|long grain rice|
What about couscous, bulgar, and quinoa?
I figured you might ask that. To read up on these, check out my post on Cuisines of Cultures and Countries.
What happens now?
With the terms above, you should be able to talk about most basic types of bread, potatoes, pasta and rice dishes. Stay tuned for my next blog where I tell you how to talk about flavours, herbs, spices and cooking methods. There will also be a few quizzes.