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Three Noodle Workshops - January 2017

Posted on January 10, 2017 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year!

I hope your New Year is going well!

This year I will continue to teach a variety of classic and modern Japanese cooking but hope to add a new dimension.  My goal is to incorporate "Japanese composition" lessons to my feature cooking classes. It's sounds like a language class. In a way it is. I would like to show you how to build a Japanese menu at home via the concept of Ichiju Sansai

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Posted on December 2, 2016 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Lucky Peach    Art by Vinnie Neuberg

As some of you may know, Sakai and I have a small ranch in Tehachapi, which is in the high desert northeast of Mojave. WeR...

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Onigiri - Super cute and Healthy snacks for Kids

Posted on August 25, 2016 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I am doing a series of radio interviews for my new cookbook RICE CRAFT. This lso made it to print.

San Francisco Chronicle - The Farmer and the chef

Posted on August 25, 2016 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Wonderful story by Tara Duggan was featured in the this July. The story is on our rice heritage and onigiri. Great timing with the publication of my new cookbook " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Rice Craft.&#...
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Rice Craft - Seattle August 24-28 - The Pantry Seattle

Posted on August 17, 2016 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I am heading back up to Seattle to teach RICE CRAFT at " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Pantry in Seattle. August 24-28 I will share recipes from my new cookbook RICE CRAFT, including miso soup, pickled ginger, inari zushi and smoked trout sushi and more. All five workshops are sold out!  

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Los Angeles Area - Soba Workshops - August 2016

Posted on August 13, 2016 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I am offering two workshops this weekend.

Saturday, August 13 2-6pm

(Santa Monica)

Sunday, August 14 6-8pm

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Posted on July 22, 2016 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

August BAY AREA Book Promotion and Workshops

August 5 JCCNC (Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California)
Seafood flavors cooking classes. Seafood Onigiris will be featured. 6-9pm 

August 6 Omnivore Books Book signing and onigiri tasting 4-5pm
August 7 SHED Healdsburg 10am -1230 Rice Craft-Adventures in Onigiri
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Rice Craft - Onigiri and Sushi cookbook

Posted on July 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

RICE CRAFT - my new cookbook is now available at the bookstores nationwide!  You can order it through or check your local bookstores.  RICE CRAFT is a healthy, yummy, fun to make cookbook for everyone.

RICE CRAFT - Chronicle Books - is out!

Posted on July 22, 2016 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Sonoko Sakai July 2016 Newsletter

Posted on June 26, 2016 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Summer greetings!


I am very excited to tell you that RICE CRAFT will be out this month! July 20!!!. This is my second cookbook about rice balls - onigiri, omusubi, sushi - call it what you wish. It’s a fun cookbook for everyone. RICE CRAFT is already on the best seller list of new cookbooks coming out of Chronicle Books this Fall. You can preorder this book from


Here are the upcoming workshops in Ju...

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May Newsletter

Posted on May 17, 2016 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)


Hi Everyone,

I just got back from Vermont where I was invited to teach soba and udon noodles at King Arthur Flour Education Center. People joined me from all over New England- Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, and also Virginia. We served the noodles with tender wild ramps picked from the nearby fields, as well as fiddlehead ferns and sweet asparagus. What better way to signal the arrival of spring!



My cookbook RICE CRAFT w...

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POKETO - Soba Workshop April 16, 2016

Posted on April 14, 2016 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (1)

I am looking forward to the soba workshop this Saturday ,April 16 from 2-5pm. It's offered by Poketo, the coolest design shop in Los Angeles. Owers, Ted and Angie, have been so enthusiastic about putting this together. We started planning it months ahead of time. It's their first food event at . I hope the flour binds and the soba taste good.

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Japanese breakfast

Posted on April 14, 2016 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Salmon Fava Basil Onigiri

Posted on April 11, 2016 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Udon Noodles Workshop Highland Park April 9

Posted on April 8, 2016 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Udon Workshop tomorrow.  It all begins with good flour.
I used  and
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April 2016 Workshop - Visit Events/Workshops

Posted on April 4, 2016 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Cherry Season is here!  Click to Event/Workshop for April 2016 workshops!  I will be teaching Tofu, Soba and Udon Noodles.

Soba pop up at the Standard Downtown 3/20/16

Posted on March 15, 2016 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Rice Craft is coming soon!

Posted on March 14, 2016 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

\The fragrance of the white blossoms on my grapefruit tree fills my backyard with the sweetness of spring, thanks to El Nino. This is a little too much because we haven’t gotten around to harvesting last year’s fruit. I can’t complain. March has also been a productive month on the cooking end. The current issue of Saveur has a feature story on soba noodles by Francis Lam titled “Sonoko Dreams of Soba.” Francis captured the spirit of soba. Beautiful ...

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Skirball Center - Dumpling Workshop

Posted on March 9, 2016 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Dumpling workshop is coming up at Skirball Center.   I am teaching Japanese dumplings - my favorite, which is gyoza.

POKETO - Soba Workshop April 16 2-5

Posted on March 7, 2016 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This has been another busy year teaching soba.  I am going to be teaching at POKETO's studio in Koreatown. Such a creative space! To register visit


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