A kamishibai performer

My mother's sleepy hometown was only about an hour away by train from the bustling Tokyo suburb where we lived when I was young, but a world away in many ways. There was no supermarket within walking distance from my grandparents' house, and the local butcher sold no beef since people there only ate pork and chicken unless it was for a special occasion. The huge bath tub was made of rough cast iron - it was filled with water and heated from below with a wood fire, and to get in it one had to stop on the wooden lid and slowly sink it down, to avoid burning ones feet.

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Some sushi.

A post about basic sushi restaurant etiquette, plus additional thoughts about 'good sushi'.

The Just Bento Cookbook 2 cover

Believe it or not, a sequel to The Just Bento Cookbook will be here soon.

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fugu

A friend was wondering out loud on Facebook, why the kanji characters for fugu (pufferfish) are 河豚. She was pondering the use of 豚, the second character, which means "pig", but the first character 河 is a mystery too, since it means river - and the fugu that we know and eat today (or get all het up about how dangerous it is, depending on where you are from) is an ocean fish.

Some of the dishes offered by ChefCuisine

ChefCuisine is a new method of delivering top restaurant quality meals to the home. It's intriguing...but will it succeed?

There's a rather extensive interview of me on Culinary Exchange. It has quite a lot of photos that are pretty nostalgic for me from the archives of JustHungry and JustBento, chosen by the interviewer, Matthew. I hope you enjoy it reading it. ^_^

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IMG: Chilled grilled eggplant soup

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A refreshing chilled summertime soup using eggplants or aubergines and fresh ginger.

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