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, where I lived for seven years. 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 especially now that we have a little girl, I let him. After over three years living in Australia, we are now based back where our hearts belong, in Tuscany.

A bit about my work

I am currently working on my first cookbook, which will be released by Hardie Grant publishers (UK/Australia) and Rizzoli (USA) 1 March 2016 (you can pre-order here!). I have a weekly food column over at Food52 blog on regional Italian food and an Italian/English food 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, you can find my writing in this lovely guide to sustainable, local food in Australia, The Field Guide to NSW Produce and occasionally in places like Saveur Magazine or The Guardian. I write about food, coffee and restaurants for The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide, Melbourne’s The Age Good Food Guide, The Canberra Times Food & Wine and James Halliday’s Wine Companion magazine, to name a few.

My photographs have been featured online in Kinfolk Journal and Maeve Magazine to name a couple. I was a finalist for the 2013 Shoot the Chef photography competition and Eat Drink Blog’s 2013 photography competition. Amanda Hesser has called me the “Renaissance woman for the internet era” and named me as one of her 100 favourite Food Voices. You can also find out more about my food illustrations on The Foodie Bugle or read more in an interview such as this one at SBS Food. Want to hear me speak in Italian? Hear my interview here for the Italian program with SBS radio. And here’s me talking about some of my favourite traditional dishes, biancomangiare and baby octopus soup for SBS radio in English.

The small print

This blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship, compensation or paid insertions. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely mine. If you happen to be admiring my website design, it is the handiwork of the very talented Sara Lando and Alessandro Locatelli at Paper Moustache.