This week on Japan Eats, host Akiko Katayama is joined in the studio by Tama Matsuoka Wong, a forager, weed eater, meadow doctor, lawyer and mother of three. She is the author of the backyard field guide and cookbook Foraged Flavor, which was nominated for a James Beard award in 2013.

After graduating from Harvard Law School and serving more than 25 years as a financial services lawyer in Tokyo, New York and Hong Kong, she returned with her family to Hunterdon County, New Jersey and rediscovered her passion for the natural world. In 2007 she was named Steward of the Year by the New Jersey Forest Service.


Here is Tama’s fun and inspiring TEDx Talk: 
To identify your mysterious plant:
To attend the special foraging workshops collaborated with Claus Meyer, Danish culinary entrepreneur, co-founder of NOMA in Copenhagen and catalyst of the New Nordic Cuisine: