I am an Australian-Japanese food writer, photographer and cookbook author based in Italy for almost 20 years. I have written six cookbooks, Florentine: The True Cuisine of Florence (March 2016 and a new edition in November 2020), Acquacotta (March 2017 and a new edition in February 2023), Tortellini at Midnight (March 2019), Torta della Nonna (March 2021), Cinnamon & Salt (April 2022), published by Hardie Grant. In September 2023 my sixth book, Gohan, which is about the Japanese cuisine of my upbringing, will be published by Smith Street Books. I have been writing about regional Italian cuisine and travel for over a decade. I have a monthly recipe column in Corriere della Sera’s Cook liftout called Cucina Letteraria, where I pluck recipes out of old cookbooks. For many years I wrote a regular column for Food52 where you can find over 200 articles on regional Italian food, as well as restaurant reviews for The Good Food Guide, Australia’s leading restaurant guide. I have been a judge for the Guild of Fine Food World Cheese Awards, a consultant for best selling author Sarah Winman’s Still Life novel (set in Florence) and I contribute to publications such as Financial Times, Corriere della Sera, YOLO Journal, Good Food Australia, The Canberra Times, Saveur, Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, Gourmet Traveller, to name a few. My sommelier husband and I have recently opened our own cooking school and wine shop in Tuscany.
Regional Italian cuisine Tuscan cuisine Japanese cuisine
English and Italian fluently Chinese and Japanese
Cookbook author and cooking teacher.
My cookbook Florentine won the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for best Italian cookbook.