I’m half Japanese, half Australian, but have spent two-thirds of my life living in other countries. After nearly eight years in Beijing, China, and four years in Providence, Rhode Island, doing a Fine Art degree at Rhode Island School of Design, I ended up in Florence, Italy, where I lived for seven years. I followed in the footsteps of many young women before me and fell head over heels for a handsome local (a sommelier and my ideal gastronomic partner in crime). In a battle over who gets to cook dinner he usually wins. Especially now that we have a baby girl.
I have a weekly food column at the wonderful Food52 blog on regional Italian food. 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.
Just over a year ago, three other wonderful Italian bloggers and I began a themed, monthly discussion on Italian traditions and recipes which we call Italian Table Talk. Come say hello to us on our Facebook page.
If you’re making a trip to Florence or indeed anywhere in Tuscany soon and you’d like some tips on where to eat or places to visit, you’ll find things throughout my blog like my favourite gelato shops, breakfast spots, where to eat like a Florentine, panini and wine bars and other food adventures.
As a food writer you can find my work at The Locavore Edition, a guide to sustainable, local food in Australia and the Field Guide to NSW Produce; The Age Good Food Guide, The Age Good Cafe Guide, Australian Traveller, Wine Companion magazine and the Canberra Times, to name a few.
My photographs have been featured in Kinfolk Journal, Maeve Magazine and The Cheese Mag. I was a finalist for the 2013 Shoot the Chef photography competition with a portrait of Melbourne chef Rob Kabboord 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 these interviews at SAY Daily or Gourmet.
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. For any queries, contact me on email@example.com. 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.