This is shaping up to be quite a busy and exciting month with activity surrounding the publication of my cookbook, Nanban: Japanese Soul Food! If you haven’t already, you can pre-order it here or here. And you can also come and get one or just say hi at any of these awesome events!
10-11 April: BBC Good Food Show Spring
I’ll be there on Friday and Saturday signing books and doing interviews and stuff. The Good Food Shows are great fun anyway, so you should definitely swing by if you’re in the area!
14 April: Hannover Messe
Since autumn of last year, I’ve been working on some super-secret sci-fi stuff. I had to sign an NDA so I can’t talk about it, but we are launching it at Hannover Messe next week! And it is AWESOME. Probably the coolest project I’ve ever worked on. But I don’t want to oversell it. If you’re in Germany, just come see for yourself. I’ll be at stand E84 in hall 17 on the 14th.
16 April: Talk and Tasting at Stanfords
Publication day! To celebrate, I’m hosting a talk and tasting (including the exquisite Nanhattan cocktail) at the great travel bookshop Stanfords. Tickets are only £3! Why wouldn’t you come?!
17-19 and 24-26 April: United Ramen × Nanban Pop-up
I’ll be working alongside United Ramen’s head chef Girish Gopalakrishnan at their site in Islington, serving a special selection of dishes from the cookbook alongside UR’s standard offerings. The menu will include Nanban classics like yaki-curry, chanpon, kake-ae, and of course, shochu!
21 and 28 April: United Ramen × Nanban Tasting Menus
In addition to the Nanban a la carte menus served on the weekends, on each following Tuesday, Girish and I will be serving special tasting menus of brand new collaborative dishes, bringing together the flavors of Nanban and United Ramen. Hatchō miso duck ramen, curry goat tsukemen, ume-katsuo cucumber salad, and Okinawan sugar and kinako mochi ice cream sundaes are all involved. These events will be ticketed and are limited to just 36 seats each day, so snap ’em up!
23 April: Talk and Tasting at Topping and Co.
The lovely folks at Topping and Co. in Bath are hosting an intimate event where I talk and cook, and you listen and EAT!
30 April: JNTO Yaki-Curry Competition Closes
The Japan National Tourism Organization is offering a chance for you to win a copy of my book. For FREE! All you have to do is make yaki-curry (recipe in link above), snap a photo of it, and share it with me and the JNTO on social media. We’ll choose the best-looking dish as a winner. And even if you lose, you still get delicious yaki-curry.
7 May: Beer and Japanese Soul Food Masterclass at Divertimenti
Beer and Japanese soul food: this is me, in a masterclass. Participants will learn to cook three southern Japanese dishes, and then enjoy them with lovely craft beers selected by yours truly. If I weren’t hosting, I would totally sign up for this.
That’s it for now, but there will be more to come in the summertime as well. Check back here or follow me on Twitter for updates!