Visit by Nancy Singleton Hachisu, Cook and Author from Saitama in Japan – June 2, 2018.

A note from Slow Food Brisbane’s long time Committee member and resident cook, Mary-Anne Fraser.

Nancy Singleton Hachisu, an American-Japanese who lives on a secluded farm near Saitama was planning a book launch in Brisbane recently and due to my interest in Japanese cooking and my connections with Slow Food Japan she suggested we gather a small group of Slow Food Brisbane members together at a side-function to promote her latest book – Japan – the Cookbook. So with only a few days’ notice I gatherered together 26 Slow Food friends and a list of wonderful ingredients to host this function at my house in Red Hill.

About Nancy: Nancy married a Japanese farmer 30 years ago and lives on their self-sustaining farm, where she has a cooking school and writes cook books. She is a regular guest on NTV in Japan and has a great following. She also writes for Japanese newspapers.

Nancy has strong roots in Slow Food, having established and contributed to the Slow Food Saitama Convivium from 2002 until 2012.

About he book launch: The Slow Food Brisbane book launch was a fairly simple affair, in a casual environment that enabled everyone to chat with Nancy and understand her passion for what she does. We were treated to some new and exciting tastes in the form of organic miso, soya sauce, ponzu and mirin, all hand selected for their origin and taste and while not readily available in Australia, were sourced for her by Fino Fine Foods, who may stock them in future.  We also tasted organic chicken skewers, tofu and baby vegetables prepared traditionally by Nancy.

Nancy gave us a brief outline of her new book, which includes the history and recipes from a bygone era in Japan and gathered from the women who created and published them.

Following the launch, Slow Food Brisbane members and friends enjoyed a glass of wine and a scrumptious supper.