ELIZABETH ANDOH was born in New York, but has made Japan her home since 1967. A graduate of the Yanagihara School of Classical Japanese Cuisine, Andoh is the author of five books on Japanese cooking, including two IACP award-winners, An Ocean of Flavor and Washoku. She was Gourmet's Japan correspondent for more than three decades and was a regular contributor to the New York Times travel section for many years. Andoh lectures internationally on Japanese food and culture and directs A Taste of Culture, a culinary program based in Tokyo and Osaka. She lives in Tokyo, Japan.