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.


Marie Chiba of Nihonshu Moto, a standup sake bar in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

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Fresh chirashi bowl at Tsukiji market, Tokyo (L), hot spring resort Yufuin, in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu.

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.


I visit the Tokyo lab of an expert in sake yeast for this Punch story, and learn how he's looking to flower yeasts to help save the industry. In another sake-related story, I trace the increase in popularity of the fermented beverage 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. 

Ever hear of a maisonette? They're on the rise in New York, as I explain in this Wall Street Journal article. In another Journal article, I visit the midcentury modern pad of superchef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, where all clutter is banned. In Edible Hudson Valley, I write about Vongerichten's Inn at Pound Ridge.

The shortage of young farmers in the U.S. hasn't gone unnoticed. Read what I wrote on the topic in this Wall Street Journal story. If you like yogurt, read this Journal story on the boom in low-sugar, savory, and Middle Eastern yogurts. In Civil Eats, I look at the potential of maple water to save forests.

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. In this blog post, I describe a morning our group spent in Tokyo with a wonderful Japanese cooking instructor.

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.