When the Atkins diet first burst into popularity, it was the most hilarious thing my parents had ever heard. “Who in their right mind can cut out carbs from their life? No bread? No noodles? NO RICE!?” It was, to say the least, a huge joke.
As time progressed, however, this low-carb/no-carb baloney seemed to be more and more of a fixture in American culture. You know that the baguette has turned into Public Enemy #1 when it takes Oprah to convince you that eating bread is OK. And so unfolded another episode of cultural divide in our home.
My dad: “Have some Korean rice cake, Jamie. It’s so good.”
My sister: “It’s not healthy!”
My dad: “It’s just rice. We’ve been eating this for 5000 years!”
My dad: “You should only have five pieces though.”