Buckwheat and Bees
I like the symbiotic relationship that the buckwheat plant has with the bees. They remind me that all life is interconnected on this planet.
Who am I?
I am a food writer, author, cooking teacher, noodle maker, and producer based in Los Angeles. I was born in New York, and raised in Tokyo, Kamakura, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Mexico City.
My first cookbook, The Poetical Pursuit of Food: Japanese Recipes for American Cooks was published by Potter in 1982. My second cookbook, Ricecraft: Adventures in Onigiri, Japan's Artful Fingerfood will be published by Chronicle Books in Fall of 2016.
For more than 20 years, I worked in the film industry as a film buyer for major Japanese film distributors and produced a few feature films. In 2009, I decided it was time to leave the industry and pursue what I love to do - cooking and teaching.
My stories and recipes have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Chicago tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Lucky Peach, Saveur, Zester Daily and Bungei Shunju (a Japanese literary magazine). I have appeared on both local and national television programs and public radio stations -NPR - KCRW GOOD FOOD, SOUNDS LA.
I am also founder of Common Grains, a project to grow heirloom grains and create a sustainable agricultural grain hub in Southern California with a seed grant from Anson Mills.. With local chefs, bakers and grain enthusiasts, I am working with farmers in Santa Barbara and Kern counties.
For a list of upcoming workshops and events, please visit Events/Workshops or contact me if you have any comments or questions at email@example.com.
I hope you enjoy the blog.