Jaggery is an unrefined type of sugar which is used in many Asian countries such as India, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka. Jaggery is usually made from sugar cane, date palm, or palmyra. In countries where it is prominent, jaggery is considered healthy because of its lack of refinement. Jaggery is available in some specialty stores, as well as online.


Japanese rice is a short grain rice. It is available in many different forms, but by far the most prominent is koshihikari. Koshihikari is well suited for making sushi because it is sticky. It is still grown mostly in Japan, but can be grown in other places. Japanese rice can be bought at some major supermarkets, in Asian specialty stores, or online. For more information on Japanese rice, click here.


Jasmine rice is is a long-grain rice that originated in Thailand; however, it is now grown in other parts of the world. It is lauded for its unique flavor and faintly floral aroma. Jasmine rice is long, thin, and quite soft when cooked. Jasmine rice can be bought at most major supermarkets or online. For more information on jasmine rice, click here.


Julia Child is a popular chef known for her cookbooks, as well as her appearances as a TV chef. She focused on French cuisine and published a world-renowned cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, among others. Julia Child has also appeared on cooking shows such as The French Chef. For more information on Julia Child, click here.


A Julienne or ‘shoestring’ is a culinary knife cut in which a food is cut into long, thin, uniform strips using a sharp knife. Vegetables are the most common food to be julienned.


Junmai-shu sake is a type of Japanese rice wine that is made without the addition of any alcohol or sugar other than those that occur naturally during fermentation. This produces a full-bodied wine with strong acidity.