Published on 11 May 2022

Food for thought

Join inspirational author, Katherine Tamiko Arguile when she talks about her recently published book on Japanese food at Aldinga Library on Friday 20 May.

Meshi: A personal history of Japanese food is Katherine’s latest book in which she explores the meals of her childhood through Japan’s twenty-four sekki (seasons).

Katherine’s memories of the Japanese food her mother cooked act as a portal to a part of her that sometimes feels lost in the past. For the Japanese, food is never just food, it expresses a complex and fascinating history and is tied to tradition and spirituality intrinsic to the Japanese culture.

In Meshi she untangles the threads of meaning, memory and ritual woven through every glistening bowl of rice, every tender slice of sashimi and each steaming cup of green tea.

Katherine was born and raised in Tokyo, she is a Japanese-British-Australian arts journalist and author who has lived and studied in the UK and now resides in Adelaide. Katherine’s award-winning short stories have been published in anthologies in the UK and in Australia and her debut novel, The Things She Owned, was published in 2020.

You can be part of this author talk at Aldinga Library on Friday 20 May at 6pm through Eventbrite. Tickets cost $10 per person and bookings are essential. A range of Japanese snacks are included in the ticket price with wine and beer available to be purchased courtesy of Kick Back Brewing and Taphouse.

Copies of Meshi will be available to purchase on the night courtesy of Shakespeare’s Bookshop. Come along and discover the culture and spirit hidden in one of the world’s most beloved cuisines.              


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