Who am I?
I am a food writer, author, mobile 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, Rice Craft will be published by Chronicle Books on August 30, 2016 and can be pre-ordered through Amazon.
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. The last film was BLINDNESS directed by Fernando Meirelles, starring Julian Moore and Mark Ruffalo. 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.
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.
With a seed grant from Anson Mills, I am working with farmers, millers, chefs and bakers in Southern California to build a grain hub in Southern California.