Rice Trails

Rice Trails

Words by Tony Wheeler, Photographs by Richard I’Anson
Hardcover with jacket
240mm x 300mm
160 pp, 206 colour photographs
Lonely Planet, 2004
Out of print

My second collaboration with Tony Wheeler takes an in-depth look at the business of growing rice in Asia. Not only is rice humanity’s most important food (everyday more calories of rice are consumed than anything else) but it’s also the most beautiful crop on earth, whether it’s grown in the spectacular paddies tripping down the hillsides in the Philippines, China and Indonesia, each step a little masterpiece of artistic perfection or the sweeping laser-levelled bays of pancake-flat Australia. To trace the story of rice they visited, talked with, interviewed, watched and photographed rice farmers, rice processors, rice dealers, rice merchants, rice researchers and even, at the very end of the chain, rice consumers in 13 different countries, each one with distinct differences and points of interest.

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