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.


Jacob Hashimoto's "Skyfarm Fortress" at Mary Boone Gallery, Chelsea, through October 25.

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At the Union Square Greenmarket: Samples from king of root vegetables, Paffenroth Farms, left; onions and peppers, S & SO Produce Farms.

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 midcentury modern pad of superchef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, where all clutter is banned, for this Wall Street Journal article. For more photos, check out the slde show.  If you like yogurt, check out this Journal story on the boom in low-sugar, savory, and Middle Eastern yogurts in New York.

With a modest investment in money and a large investment in DIY action, wine writer Mark Oldman turned his Chelsea loft into a "wine sanctuary," which I visit for 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.

Thinking about Vermont for some fall foliage viewing? I fell in love with Shelburne Farms on Lake Champlain. In this Edible Manhattan article I profile the Natural Gourmet Institute, which has been teaching people how to cook natural and healthy food for 40 years

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.