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December 13, 2010


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Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Nancy! It is a beautiful one and has so much to teach: forward movement always results in something. You kept pushing from all angles, working with what you had. That is very Japanese. =) Ganbare on your book draft!

Jeff martin

Hi Nancy
Congratulating you on your book and Brandons safe arrival in India and today the beginning of my first olive harvest
Tonite we will find out what 5 years labor tastes like
Jeff and Pam

Dianne Jacob

Loved reading about your long march forward as a writer and all the people who helped you get to this point. Proud to be one of them, Nancy. The book is going to be beautiful.

p.s. Your husband's name for your cooking show is hilarious!


I am so proud of you and happy for you! I cannot wait for your book, Nancy!


Jeff & Pam: Looking forward to tasting the olive oil-it's mind-boggling, isn't it? Five years boiling down to a taste. I'll send my dates for January. Lunch or dinner at CP? And yes, thank goodness Brandon arrived safely and hope India continues to treat him well.

DJ: Thanks right back at you. Having bought the first edition of Will Write for Food years ago and also after having used it in one of my Stanford classes, I was really excited to meet you at Food Blogger Camp 2010. Your editorial help on the proposal was invaluable. And you should hear the jingle when he sings it...even funnier.

Garrett: What can I say? You always inspire me.

Chris Narvaez

This is juicy! It's definitely one thing to look forward to a cookbook from a chef you admire from a distance. in my opinion there's something very hit or miss about some of these coffee-table-cookbooks (Michael Mina's, TK's Sous-Vide). it's another animal when you've had a look at the inspiration pouring into it. This volume's going to be mandatory for anyone taking on Japanese. I'm totally into it, but then I'm sort of biased - keep us posted!


Nina: I loved your comment when I read it last night, but then today somehow missed responding. What an dolt. So I've been seeing your name mentioned here and there...twitter I'd say...via Slow Food perhaps. Looks like you're keeping your finger into the mix. Thanks for getting the layers of what it's all about here, and yes, after 20 years the lines are really blurred. I will never be Japanese, but weirdly, I am no longer "American." But what does that mean anyway? I'm a Hachisu and I can live with that. It does help to be able to cross borders at will. Still looking to see you back in our little area. I'm posting next about Tokanya and the shishimai dancers. Did they do those in Kanna-machi?

Chris: Thanks for your enthusiasm. I'll be running recipes and feel by you as you are the next generation. Looking forward to seeing you back here in Japan. We're doing Christmas by the way--you know you're welcome. And New Year is unforgettable in Japan (no noisemakers and no big drinking party though).

Chris Narvaez

dang! Yeah, i don't me to sound jaded or unpatriotic, but suddenly the Japanese New Year is sounding golden already. But I'll of course have to make do for now. Perhaps you'll document that bad-boy as it happens. Year of the rabbit coming btw! Sending you very positive vibrations (via 4 string).


Chris: maybe next year...have a good one.

Sam Seager

Hey Nancy, congratulations that's amazing news.

And I bet it'll be worth the wait.



Sam: Lovely to hear from you. Yes, it will be a long haul, but I'm girding my loins so to speak. How did the show go? What are you working on now? Drop a line sometime and hope you had a wonderful Christmas. We're in a lull here, a day of writing, tomorrow Matthew's birthday...mochi tsuki on the 30th...New Year's Eve dinner. Our holiday season is always full, full, full.


hi nancy.i found your blog through a link on alice waters facebookk page.im so glad i did.i really look forward to your cookbook.and i enjoy reading your blog.the snippets of raising your sons in japan.coming back into the country after leaving.your mother in law.i really relate to it.unfortunately i cant relate to growing food now.though i so desire to.i visited the edible school garden in berkley last year with my daughter and loved it so much. anyway i could go on...thankyou for sharing your blog.i will visit often.i live in tokyo, if i lived closer id love my daughter to go to your school.


Melinda: I took a look at your blog and like your quirky sense of style. Isn't the Edible Schoolyard amazing? I wanted to create such a space, but the reality is, it is too overwhelming to try to copy. And in the end what works here are rows in the field. At least for now, I can't envision any other way. I send email announcements with more private reflections, if you're interested in getting on that list just let me know. And I'll try to remember to let you know when we do farm events. I'm a little forgetful these days, you know. So glad you found the blog and that you like it.


Nancy, I found your blog facinating. Those photos remaind me of my childhood. I just started food blog a month ago and Da Palmer email me about you. Give me a call when you are in Oregon. Good luck with your book. Freezing cold rain will have in late afternoon today, kenchinjiru sounds good.


Akemi: I am so sorry for the delay in writing back. I am in transition this month, traveling way too much. I'm leaving again for about 12 days starting on Friday, but will be in place from February to June (writing, cooking, and trying to farm). I will be in Portland in mid June to help my son pack up. It would be fun to get together, I'll check out your blog once I get packed and on the train to Haneda. I'm getting that feeling of "oh no, I do not have enough time to get everything done before I leave." I heard lots of good things from Da about you...

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