Youth. It’s not just for the young anymore.

It delights me to report that the women in this photo are 62 and 59. Admittedly, the shot is a bit fuzzy since it was taken in low light with an iPhone, but still. C’mon. It’s good, right?

Fabulous New Cookbook

My love of style is matched by a love of food: cooking it, eating it, and writing about it. That’s why I’m especially excited about the release of my latest book–a collaboration with master sushi chef Taro Arai.

Abundance: Finding the American Dream in a Japanese Kitchen, is the story of one man’s quest for a life of freedom and self-expression.

Taro Arai was born on a tiny island in Japan to a family of limited means. Today, he is a renowned chef and the owner of eight award-winning Japanese restaurants in the United States. In this book, he shares both his journey and some of his favorite recipes. Filled with inspiration and a healthy dose of humor, it is a look into the evolution of sushi and the progression of an individual who never lost sight of his vision.

Chef Taro shares the story of his early years in Japan, his pursuit of the American dream, and his adventures as a restaurateur. In addition to telling the inside story about the creation of his Mikuni restaurants, he reveals special recipes that have remained secrets until now. The origins of sushi, the traditions embraced by the Japanese culture, and a mini Japanese language lesson are included in the book. He provides a senses-stimulating excursion into a world of extraordinary flavors, compelling textures, and visual enchantment.

One of the most exciting components of the book is the fact that the foreword was written by renowned author Nicholas Sparks, a longtime friend of chef Taro and a frequent guest at the first Mikuni restaurant.

The book is exquisitely designed by Heidi Tomlinson, with compelling photography by Jeremy Sykes.

If you’re intrigued, click here to place your order on Amazon. It would make a great gift for anyone who loves sushi, Japanese culture, and/or stories of tenacity and inspiration.