It's easy to get answers about health and nutrition! Just send your question by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr. Harlan will respond to selected questions of general interest. Answers will be posted in the Ask Dr. Gourmet newsletter (sign up now!) and archived in the Ask Dr. Gourmet section of the website.
Hello, I work for a UK based nutrition and preventative health web site, so we are looking to link to other sites which will be of help to UK based folk. I really like your site and the concept, but, please, what is "orzo"? You have a receipt for a Lemon Basil Orzo Salad, but I (a pretty experienced cook) haven't heard of it. A glimmer of a thought: is it barley?
"Orzo" is indeed the Italian word for barley, but the orzo recipe you mention is for the barley shaped pasta known as orzo.
With many pastas it is the shape that became the suggestion for the name. Orzo is a smallish pasta about the size and shape of barley. Similarly, riso is the shape of rice, farfalle is the shape of bow ties, pappardelle resembles paper, etc..
Thanks for writing,
Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP