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.
In the lumber storehouse of the George Nakashima studio, New Hope, Pa. The famous woodworker's daughter, Mira Nakashima-Yarnall, now carries on his work.
A few of the many sakes I sampled on my way to becoming a certified sake professional in Las Vegas, left. Early summer hydrangea, New York City, 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.
This article for Civil Eats, about a pasture-based rancher who was targeted by animal rights activists and fought back using his social media skills, looks at growing problem as sustainable ranchers move closer to semi-urban areas where residents are not familiar with farming practices. In this Wall Street Journal story, I wrote about an interesting gathering designed to address the shortage of young farmers in the U.S.
Some other recent Wall Street Journal stories include one on a cool Brooklyn metal sculptor, Vallessa Monk, and this one on restaurateur/real estate adviser Mark Amadei. This story showcases the work of Canadian designer Anne Hepfer.
For this story in Punch, I visited the Tokyo lab of an expert in sake yeast and learned how he's looking to flower yeasts to help save the industry. In Edible Manhattan, I trace the increase in popularity of sake in New York City. If you're more into Japanese food, not drink, check out my Saveur article on the New Year's Day tradition of eating ozoni, a steaming bowl of dashi-based soup filled with toasted rice cakes and vegetables.
As part of an eight-day food fellowship trip sponsored by the Foreign Press Center/Japan, I attended the Washoku World Challenge 2015 in Kyoto, and wrote about it for Discover Nikkei. I also toured sake breweries in the Fukuoka area of Japan, which let to my becoming a Certified Sake Professional in June. Here's a blog post I wrote on the course that got me certified.
In the magazine Organic Gardening, you can read two of my articles: 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 Atlantic.com story "Have You Ever Tried to Eat a Feral Pig?" introduces the chefs and hunter-gatherers who are fighting back.
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.