Home cooking is the most essential cooking.
Hello, my name is Sonoko Sakai and welcome to my site! I am a writer, teacher and cook based in California, but the essence of my very being is rooted in my Japanese heritage. My cooking reflects my rich cultural upbringing as I lived in many places as a child. I was born in New York and moved to many cities including San Francisco, Kamakura, Mexico City, and Tokyo.
The five keys to my cooking philosophy are freshness, seasonality, simplicity, beauty, and economy. At its most fundamental level, my philosophy is about respecting the ingredients and letting their natural flavor come through. Your ingredients should be as fresh and seasonal as possible. Relatedly, let the ingredients speak for themselves! I prefer not to fuss too much with the food. A fresh fish, simply salted and grilled over charcoal, is what I consider a beautiful meal.