The Rice Smuggler

Jefferson was so interested in Piedmont rice that he smuggled some out of Italy, risking the death penalty to do so. The ultimate epicurean, Jefferson left plenty of advice on foods to sample in Italy, both for enjoyment and with an eye to importing them back home. We discover local produce in the original Eataly near Turin, learn how Italian cheese is made, visit an orchard of heirloom fruit, and tour an ancient pasta factory.

The Author

Derek Baxter graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in history. He is writing a book about his experience following the route through Europe that Jefferson set out in Hints to Americans. After years of research, Derek made nine separate trips abroad on Jefferson's trail. 


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More from Eataly: fresh melon and prosciutto so soft and piggy-tasting you expect it to squeal and trot off the plate.