We're happy to bring you this check-in interview with our long time friend - the multi-talented cooking teacher, soba expert, and Japanese food advocate - Sonoko Sakai.
With over 10 years of experience teaching cooking classes under her belt (which you can register to join here), Tortoise is proud to be one of the first places where Sonoko first taught. Born in New York, and raised by Japanese parents, Sonoko grew up in San Francisco, Kamakura, Mexico City and Tokyo. Sonoko's rich cultural upbringing shows up throughout her cooking, appearing in her innate ability to engage people from all walks of life in conversations about food that breaks down barriers and builds community.
Sonoko is already the author of three books, Japanese Home Cooking: Simple Meals and Authentic Flavors (which we sell on our online store), Rice Craft (Chronicle, 2016) and The Poetical Pursuit of Food (Potter, 1986). In addition to writing books and teaching, Sonoko works as a recipe developer, producer, creative director and lecturer on food.
We're proud to also mention that Sonoko has been recently featured by NY Times Magazine as one of the "15 Creative Women For Our Time" .
E: As a Japanese food specialist, what is your best advice for how to cope during this time? What nourishment do you think food can provide people during this time?
E: What are you most looking forward to doing after Covid?
E: What is your go-to recipe when many people are finding it hard to go to the supermarket?
E: What workshops are you providing right now and how are you staying connected to people who follow your work?
You're always an inspiration to us, Sonoko! Thank you for letting us check in with you, and for keeping the rest of us full and happy during this time. We hope you stay safe and healthy, and you get to see your family when things return to normal!
Select photos taken by Rick Poon.