I adore eating out and lingering with friends over a meal. As a social eater, I try everything.
But at home, I keep a classical, Chinese herbal medicine-inspired kitchen. The regimen is low-carb, gluten-free, wheat-free, sugar-free & dairy-free. It’s also heavy on veggies and grains.
As for the rest of my food world…
RECIPES: Fast, cheap, easy — and mostly nutritious.
- Connecting with quinoa
- Fast and easy miso soup
- The best sesame noodles ever
- Idiot-proof Asian-style salmon
- Vegan, gluten-free Rice Crispie treats: recipe
- Vegan, gluten-free Rice Crispie treats: video
- Healthy, easy gluten- sugar-free salad dressing
- Must-have kitchen item: Bragg Amino Acids (soy sauce substitute)
- Delicious recipe for radish greens (with some of my drawings too)
- Sshhh, I also do junk food: Orange cake: fast, easy, cheap & sublime
HEALTH: I’m a huge fan of Chinese herbal medicine and other holistic marvels. I used to serve on the New York State Acupuncture Board.
- Jeffrey Yuen’s classical approach to acupuncture & Chinese herbs
- A Chinese herbal medicine approach to food and nutrition
- A cheap, holistic way to get rid of allergies — food list attached
DINING OUT: For me, restaurants = theater.
- My NYU “Food Writing” class: the scoop on NYC trends
- How and where to eat Korean food
- How and where to eat Vietnamese food
- Chinese vegetarian in Chinatown
- The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai
COOKING CLASSES: What I’ve learned as a student.
- Vegan dessert porn
- Making gluten-free pasta with my daughter
- Chinese dumplings with Kian Lam Kho at the ICE
MORE EXPERIENCES: And, food = community.
- Photos from three weeks of cooking & eating in India
- Dumpling Night at MoCA
- Video of Dumpling Night at MoCA
- Feeding the homeless on Thanksgiving 2009
ONLINE: Let’s connect!
I’m an elite yelper on Yelp.com. My motto: “Taste buds on a budget.”restaurant.
FAVORITE BOOKS: Reading is delicious.
My favorite “cookbook” isn’t a cookbook at all. It’s actually a fascinating recipe for life and understanding the human body:
Between Heaven and Earth is the clearest and most inspiring book I’ve ever read about acupuncture, herbs and the Five Element Theory of Chinese medicine. As part of their presentation, the authors grapple with “you-are-what-you-eat-issues” in a powerful way. And yes, theories here form the core of my approach to maintaining good health.
Food is meant to be eaten — and painted. I enjoy the still-life-art-studio aspect of playing with food. Please go HERE to see more of my work.
By the way, this painting is now in the hands of my first collector. Want to see where he hung it in his house? Click here to see the photo at the end of one of my blog posts. And you can find more of my art here. :)