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.
"Mythopoet" from Bee Kingdom, a three-man glass-blowing collective in Alberta, Canada, at the Glenbow Museum, Calgary
Grilled shellling peas from Catch restaurant, Calgary, left; tomaroes from Janice Beaton Fine Cheese, Calgary, 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.
Yogurt-making is so big in New York that one upstate region has been hyperbolically called “the Silicon Valley of Yogurt.” I write about the boom, and the trend toward low-sugar, savory, and Middle Eastern flavors in this Wall Street Journal article.
With a modest investment in money and a large investment in DIY energy and creativity, wine writer Mark Oldman turned his Chelsea loft into a "wine sanctuary," which I check out in this WSJ story. In "Elevators on the Rise," I contemplate the lengths people will go to in order to build the home elevator of their dreams. If you have trouble viewing the full articles on the Journal Web site, go to the "Articles" tab of this site where you can access them in full.
Interested in learning how to cook natural and healthy foods? I profile the Natural Gourmet Institute, which has been doing that for nearly 40 years, here in Edible Manhattan. Now is the season for summery drinks, so the fruit- and vegetable-based cocktails and mocktails at midtown's Rouge Tomate are the fitting subject of this article.
My story on chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's new Inn at Pound Ridge is out in the summer 2014 edition of Edible Hudson Valley. Other recent Edible pieces include New York coffee roaster Irving Farm, and the beer-centric gastropub Hospoda.
In the magazine Organic Gardening, two of my articles have recently appeared: The United Nations of Bread, about the all-women baking outfit Hot Bread Kitchen, and another about a group of composting middle schoolers and their dynamic teacher.
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.
My recent contributions to the Web site Cravings include this feature on charcuterie. You can also check out my review of the book DIY Cocktails and this peek at the Japanese pottery store Sara. From my Japan trip: sushi, museums, and seasonal eating.
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 incarceration.