A little about me

I’m half Japanese, half Australian, but have spent two-thirds of my life living in other countries. After growing up in Beijing, China, and doing a Fine Art degree in Providence, Rhode Island, I ended up in Florence, Italy. There, I fell in love with a handsome local, now my husband, a sommelier and my ideal gastronomic partner in crime. In a battle over who gets to cook dinner he usually wins. And now that we have a three year old that I juggle at home, I let him. We live in Tuscany.

A bit about my work

My first cookbook, Florentine: The True Cuisine of Florence, published by Hardie Grant Books will be released 1 March 2016. I write a regular column for Food52 on regional Italian food as well as a recipe column, I Classici a Pranzo, for Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera. Traditional and historical recipes are my thing on my blog too, and I will usually mention a particular lambchop sideburned man called Pellegrino Artusi and his cookbook from 1891. You’ll get to know him well here as I talk about his recipes a lot.

In print, I have written for The Field Guide to NSW Produce (a lovely guide to sustainable, local food in Australia), The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide and Melbourne’s The Age Good Food Guides.

My photographs have been featured online in Kinfolk Journal and Maeve Magazine to name a couple. I was awarded Best Photography in a Blog 2015 by Italy Magazine and was a finalist for the 2013 Shoot the Chef photography competition and Eat Drink Blog’s 2013 photography competition. Amanda Hesser named me as one of her 100 favourite Food Voices.

Website design by the very talented duo, Sara Lando and Alessandro Locatelli, at Paper Moustache.