|Posted on November 7, 2010 at 8:32 AM|
The story of Kenji Tsukamoto was something that I found out of the blue. I was visiting Sado. Hirahara-san, my guide, mentioned that there was a Koji-ya, a mold-maker, that lived in this town. Until then, I had never met anyone who made mold for a living. I was curious. I asked Hirahara-san to take me to Tsukamoto's shop. Tsukamoto was not there at first. He had gone to the beach with his grandchildren. So I went out for a little bite of sushi (delicious by the way). When I came back later, Tsukamoto showed me the factory where the miso was made. Tsukamoto was a"larger than life" person, passionate about making miso the artisanal way. He is a fourth generation miso maker. I was totally inspired. I wrote about Tsukamoto and his miso-making for the Los Angeles Times (here is the link) food section. You will also find recipes and instructions on How to Make Miso. I even started making my own.
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