Welcome to my website! Here, you'll learn what I've been working on recently, gain instant access to a (not-quite-complete) archive of my past articles, and see what I've been blogging about.


From Mike Kelley's Kandor series at MOMA PS1: Imagining Krypton, Superman's home planet.

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From photographer George Hirose's "Magic Garden" series, left; Chesapeake Bay Beach, Virginia, right.

My blog Walking and Talking is about the various subjects I cover: culture, food, art, health and Japanese American life. I'll also be exploring my new neighborhood in New York City, the Upper East Side - uncharted territory after seven years in the West Village. To read my chef profiles and food and travel reviews for the web site Cravings, just click on the links at the bottom of my profile page.

Eating Disorders News is the PsychologyToday.com blog that I write with my co-author, Dr. Marcia Herrin. We've covered subjects as diverse as eating disorders in the United Arab Emirates, mealtime parenting tips from the movie Little Miss Sunshine, to the under-recognized problem of boys and eating disorders.


New York coffee roaster Irving Farm is the topic of this profile I wrote for the "Drinks Issue" of Edible Manhattan. In the same issue I covered the beer-centric gastropub Hospoda. A slightly different version of the Irving Farm piece appears in Edible Hudson Valley.

Also from Edible: I loved reporting this article on the food and drink of small-scale producers in Saga, Japan. Check out some of my photos from the trip in this post. From Tokyo, I reported "Union Square Far East" on chef Michael Romano and the Danny Meyer restaurant outpost he launched there.

 Invasive species cost  our economy well over $120 billion a year in damages to land, seas and crops. My TheAtlantic.com story "Have You Ever Tried to Eat a Feral Pig?introduces the chefs and hunter-gatherers who are fighting back.

  Chef Andrea Bergquist-Zamir is my topic in this Wall Street Journal Thanksgiving article She left a high-profile career to give back at Westside Campaign Against Hunger. Here, I write about Marla Hirokawa, who has been choreographing and teaching ballet in south Brooklyn for 25 years.

I was honored recently to be named a National Journalism Award 2013 winner by the Asian American Journalists Association. The recognition, for  best online story covering Asian American/Pacific Islander issues, was for my TheAtlantic.com article, "Stinky, Spicy, and Delicious: The Radical Reinvention of Asian American Food."

Entries on poet Lawson Fusao Inada and artist Roger Shimomura are my latest contributions to the Densho Encyclopedia, which catalogs the people, events, and organizations that were part of the WWII Japanese American exclusion and incarcertaion.

 My recent contributions to the website Cravings include a review of the book DIY Cocktails and a look at the Japanese pottery store Sara. Recent items from my Japan trip: sushi, museums, and seasonal eating, Japanese style.

It was flattering to learn that my blog Walking and Talking has been named one of 100 Magnificent Sites for Chefs by CulinaryPrograms.net. W&T is included in the last section, "regional cuisine."