A little about me

I’m half Japanese, half Australian, with an Italian husband and daughter. The daughter of a diplomat, I have spent two-thirds of my life living in other countries, namely China and the USA. Then on a whim I ended up in Florence, Italy. There, I fell in love with a handsome local, a sommelier and my ideal gastronomic partner in crime. We live in Tuscany.

A bit about my work

I have written two cookbooks that look at traditional Tuscan cuisine, both published by Hardie Grant Books: Florentine: The True Cuisine of Florence (March 2016) and Acquacotta (March 2017). I also write a regular column for Food52 and have written extensively for Corriere della Sera, Good Food Australia, The Canberra Times, Gourmet Traveller, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Jamie Oliver Magazine and more. Traditional and historical recipes are my thing on my blog too. What got me into Italian cuisine was 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.


If you want to know a little more about why I love talking about regional Italian cuisine, here is one reason. If you’re traveling to Florence and you want to know what my favourite Florentine trattoria is, this butter chicken is inspired by one, and here are my favourite Florentine eats all in one place. And if you’re curious to know how I ended up in Florence or what the first thing I ever cooked for the local guy that I ended up marrying was, you’ll find it here. If you’re wondering what it might be like to do a workshop or cooking class with me, here and here are some lovely blog post by some participants.

Bits and bobs

You can see a sample of my photography portfolio here.

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Here’s a short video (in Italian, by the brilliant Lenny Pellico for Corriere della Sera) of me in my home last year talking about my love of historical cookbooks and traditional recipes:

Website design by the very talented duo, Sara Lando and Alessandro Locatelli, at Paper Moustache. The portrait of me making pasta on my blog with my little girl is by Lenny Pellico; portrait here by my sister Hana Davies.