‘Japanese Farm Food’ cookbook author to appear at Chino Farm

Nancy Singleton Hachisu is the next guest to the Good Earth/Great Chefs Series at The Chino Farm with her new cookbook “Japanese Farm Food.” This book signing and culinary event will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Chino Farm. The event will also feature a cooking demonstration and tasting by Chef Singleton Hachisu, using fresh ingredients and winter vegetables from the farm.

The cookbook offers a unique window into life on a Japanese farm through the simple, clear-flavored recipes cooked from family crops and other local organic products.

Chino Farm, along with Milane Christiansen (founder and thirty-year owner of the former The Book Works) are honored to welcome Hachisu — chef, author, teacher and leader of Slow Food cooking for nearly 20 years. After graduating from Stanford, Hachisu moved from California to Japan in 1988 with the intention to stay for a year. Instead she fell in love with a farmer, the culture, and the food, and has made the country her home. Hachisu, her husband, and their three sons live in an 80-year-old traditional farmhouse on an organic farm in rural Japan.

In his glowing New York Times review, David Tanis, long-time friend of the Chinos and recent chef at Chez Panisse wrote, “the recipes for simple vegetable dishes, often flavored with only a bit of miso or a splash of sake are the most fascinating … mindful cooking with minimal ingredients can produce marvelous results.”

Chino Farm is located at 6123 Calzada Del Bosque, Rancho Santa Fe, 92067. Books can be preordered via email at

Note: Jonathan Waxman, who had to cancel his book signing earlier this year due to

Hurricane Sandy, will be in town and will attend this event. He will also be signing copies of his cookbook “Italian, My Way.” The free event will be held outdoors, rain or shine.