I’m the co-director of the Sustainable Arts Foundation and served over five years as editor-in-chief of Literary Mama.

I’ve co-edited two anthologies: The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Stories of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat (Roost Books, 2013) and Mama, PhD: Women Write About Motherhood and Academic Life (Rutgers University Press, 2008).

I write about the relationship between food and family at Learning to Eat.

In my past life, I earned a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley with a dissertation titled “Letters from the Home Front: Epistolary Modes in Family Narratives from the Forties.” At Berkeley,  I taught classes on film, Women’s Studies, American literature, and writing; I have also taught at Stanford University and the San Francisco Art Institute.

I was born in Tokyo, grew up in New York, and now live in San Francisco with my husband and two sons, a life I write about on my blog.

My essays on food and parenting have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and a number of other journals and anthologies; to find out more, click on Writing. I am currently represented by Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.

I’ve been profiled, with my Mama, PhD coeditor, Elrena Evans, at Literary Mama.

To see me in person, check out my Events page for a calendar of upcoming readings, plus clips to my past radio and television interviews.