Stories

The following pieces originally appeared on our blog from Novemeber 2012 to March 2014. We preserve them here to give a sense of where we're coming from and our philosophy on the ways in which food intersects with all facets of life.

The Pedestrian

I picked up a copy of Bruce Chatwin’s What Am I Doing Here, recognizing the author’s name among the stacks of cheap paperbacks left as offerings to passersby on the street...

Pictures of the Floating World

From the hollow voice of speakerphone, Bernard announced his visit, drifting along the Pacific Coast Highway on his way to the beach...

Kind of Blue

Los Angeles, obscure paradise of Japanese chefs, let loose to ride motorcycles, surf, and play golf...

Off Season

Our little island had been abandoned, spurned by the tourists in the dying days of September...

Making Time

The farm stand closed on Sunday and I sliced up the last of it to be fried as tempura, a fitting eulogy for the season...

Fruits de la Mer

We launched the SS Shofu, a modest fishing vessel, in 2007 with little expertise, , my father, brother, and I, thinking that because we were Japanese, fishing might come naturally to us...

Hot Day, Cold Ramen

We were rolling down Hudson St, just past the tunnel, Julio Iglesias sang La Mer and I think my feet were hanging out of the window...

Waiting for Steingarten

I have only ever been to one sake tasting and it was by accident...

New York Far Niente

New York. Even in Chicago I still feel its gravity from time to time...

Little League

In a corner of a little sandwich shop whose name I can’t remember, there is a typewritten letter on the wall less easily forgotten...

Roman Pizza

One of the real successes of American food marketing has been convincing the general public that pizza, the Italian habit of baking things on thin bread, is somehow difficult...

Hunger

Looking in the mirror, I see myself as a modern mixture of common man and dandy. These days, who isn’t?

Cocktails with Buñuel

Picture Luis Buñuel during his final years in Paris, holding court at home by making drinks on the patio for his guests...

What's for Dinner, Ozu?

The postwar films of Yasujiro Ozu play out predictably, the same story of a father marrying off his daughter played by the same actors, on the same sets, with the same bittersweet endings...

Une Affaire de Goût

On camera, Keith Floyd was a terrible cook...