Salt: Japanese Culture and Ceremony

Nancy Singelton Hachisu

Nancy has inspired millions to explore the food traditions of Japan, as well as locally farmed and raised foods by routing artisans out. Her farmhouse is legend.

She has provided a singularly fascinating and incisive presentation. She will discuss the Japanese cultural and ceremonial context on salt, the salt monopoly in Japan, the exciting state of current artisanal salt making, and the three important steps to salt making. Key Japanese salting methods will be discussed such as salt-massaging vegetables, and salt sprinkle for fish.

Her books include: Japanese Farm Food, Preserving the Japanese Way, Japan: The Cookbook, Food Artisans of Japan, and Japan: The Vegetarian Cookbook (Phaidon, May 2023).

Annual Membership from 12/01/2022 – 12/31/2023 plus all events and videos

Annual Membership includes access to any event in 2022 and 2023, including all the Salt and Ceremony sessions and associated videos, and the video archives from now until the end of 2023


Salt and Ceremony


Author: culturesgroup

Ken Fornataro has acquired extensive knowledge of the science and techniques that have been all but forgotten with the increasing industrialization of food. Still in his teens, he was named Executive Chef at the Hermitage restaurant in Boston.   From there he worked at prestigious and often private establishments around the world where he practiced his craft. He ran the kitchen and catering services for Troutbeck in upstate New York, using locally grown and sustainably sourced ingredients in the 1980s. At Bloomingdales flagship store in Manhattan he ran the Fresh Foods department kitchens that included a line of his own prepared, preserved and fermented foods, as well as daily preparations directed by Michel Guérard, Petrossian, and Marcella Hazen. He has worked with Julia Child, Madeleine Kamman, Aveline and Michio Kushi, Paula Wolfert, Leah Chase, Anthony Bourdain and many chefs from around the world that taught him traditional Japanese, French, Jewish, Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Nordic, Russian, Indian, and whole food cooking, preservation and fermentation techniques.

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