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.
Happy Thanksgiving to all from master pumpkin carver Hugh McMahon.
McMahon has been carving gourds and melons since 1976, starting with his first client, Studio 54.
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 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.
Invasive species cost our economy well over $120 billion a year in damages to land, seas and crops. Another of my TheAtlantic.com stories, 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 story. 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 traveled to Japan for this Edible Manhattan article on New York Chef Michael Romano, his love for the country and his relationship with the restaurant Union Square Tokyo. Other Edible articles: chefs who bike to the greenmarket in Pedal to the Nettle and my behind-the-scenes look at the catering company Great Performances and its inspiring CEO Liz Neumark.
In addition to Tokyo, my recent travels have included Kyushu island, Japan, and two farms in Vermont. Stay tuned for my dispatches from those spots.
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."
My review of psychologist Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu's new book, When Half is Whole: Multiethnic Asian Identities, appears here on Discover Nikkei. DN also re-published my Walking and Talking post Roger Shimomura, Artist, Collector. Other recent Walking and Talking posts include one on the basement food hall at Tokyo’s Takashimaya, and the gifted Tokyo mixologist Gen Yamamoto.