Who am I?
I am a food writer, author, cooking teacher 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, Rice Craft as published by Chronicle Books on July 2016. It was Amazon's Best Book of the Month in July of 2016.
For more than 20 years, I worked in the film industry as a film buyer for major Japanese film distributors and producer. The last film was BLINDNESS directed by Fernando Meirelles, starring Julian Moore and Mark Ruffalo was the opening film in Cannes 2008. In 2009, I decided it was time to leave the industry and pursue what I love to do - cooking and teaching. I went back to Japan to study noodle making with several masters.
I have taught at cooking schools, community centers, universities and other institutions around the country, including San Francisco Cooking School, the Bread Lab (Washington State University), Shed (Healdsburg, California), King Arthur Flour Company (Norwich, Vermont and Mt. Vernon, WA), USC, UCLA, Japanese American National Museum, etc. I worked as producer and director with several Japanese government organizations to promote Japanese food and culture, such as COOL JAPAN.
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, and the FOOD NETWORK.
With a seed grant from Anson Mills, I am working with farmers, millers, chefs and bakers in Southern California to grow ancient grains, using sustainable agricultural practices in Southern California.