I was born in New York, and raised in Tokyo, Kamakura, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Mexico City. I am a food writer, author, cooking teacher, and producer based in Los Angeles. I am also working on a project to revive heirloom grains in the Southern California region. All these activities fall under my banner - Common Grains, (visit my website http://www.commongrains.com) which aims to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for Japanese food and culture. Within this mission, I advocate a sustainable and healthy lifestyle with grains and vegetables at the heart of a meal.
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 is coming out of Chronicle Books in Fall of 2016.
For more than 20 years, I worked in the film industry as a film buyer and consultant for major Japanese film distributors acquiring hundreds of films, including box office hits like Lord of the Rings and indie films like Reservoir Dogs and Like Water For Chocolate. I produced "Blindness," - a film directed by Fernando Meireilles (City of God, Constant Gardner).
I have contributed articles to the Los Angeles Times food section for more than 10 years; my food stories, recipes and memoirs about food have also appeared in the Chicago tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Saveur, Zester Daily and Bungei Shunju (a Japanese literary magazine).
I've appeared on both local and national television programs and interviewed on NPR.
One of my passion projects is the Southern California Heritage Grain project. With local chefs, bakers and grain enthusiasts, we are working with farmers in Santa Barbara and Kern counties to grow heirloom grains and create a sustainable grain hub in this region. The project is supported with a seed grant from Anson Mills.
or contact me if you have any comments or questions at email@example.com. I also have a website called COMMONGRAINS.COM but it needs updating. I've been too busy cooking!
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