An article about Kyoto in Asia Eater, a brand new magazine about food


I have an article in the premier issue of a brand new food magazine called Asia Eater. Published by Sabre Media, a company in Bangkok, Thailand and printed in Singapore, it's a quarterly printed magazine all about food. As their website states:

Asia Eater is a quarterly print magazine about Asian food and food culture in Asia. Through features, essays, photo series, guest contributions, interviews and recipes we aim to cover all aspects of Asian food and drink including cooking, eating, farming, production, sustainability, trends and chefs. The magazine does not feature restaurant reviews nor any paid content.

I just received a copy of the first issue, and I really love it. It's really refreshing to see a brand new print magazine in this day and age anyway, but one dedicated to food? From Asia? That's not all about poncey restaurant reviews, but rather features in-depth articles about food, interviews with chefs, and even some recipes? I'm in, even if I didn't have an article in there. Each feature is copiously illustrated with full color photographs (including mine) too. It's slightly smaller than regular magazines, sort of a National Geographic size but wider, so I can see keeping the issues for referring to again and again. I highly recommend it if you are interested in Asian cuisine in general. The first issue has articles about Vietnam, Thailand, Japan and a lot more.

My article is about the kanmidokoro, or traditional tea and sweets restaurants, of Kyoto, with a bit of the long history of wagashi in that historic town. If you enjoyed my Postcards from Kyoto series or plan to visit Kyoto someday, I think you will enjoy it.

In any case, as I said it's really nice to see a well put together food magazine make its debut. Check it out!

  • Asia Eater website
  • I'm was interviewed by editor in chief Terry Blackburn for the latest edition of their podcast too. (I have such a hard time listening to my own voice. >.<)

ETA: You can also buy a digital copy from this link (Sorry I forgot to mention that earlier!)

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This looks really wonderful, and I've ordered a copy. Shame the postage is so high though, making the total $22 US per issue. Maybe if I lived in Asia the postage would be lower. ;-)

I'm so sorry I forgot to link to the digital version earlier to save you the postage >.<

Oh my goodness Maki!! You literally have the most amazing timing ever!! I'm going to Kyoto the day after tomorrow, just for a day! This has got me so excited <3 <3

I was wondering if I could ask you a question though - I'd like to lose a bit of weight, about half a stone, and since I'm in love with Japanese food I thought that bentos would add some fun to the slog. However, I'm actually in Japan right now and know that Japanese cuisine is often far from healthy - although ALWAYS メッチャオイシイよ!!

How do you manage to keep coming up with such healthy and delicious ideas, time after time? Like, I can't even begin to think up my own original bento ideas, so I have no idea how to get started with making my own bento boxes, even if I had the time to! Do you have a formula, like, protein x2, carbs x1, veg x3? Or is it just a skill you've developed over time?

Thank you so much!!


Maki, we ALL have a hard time hearing our own voices. Yours was interesting, an accent impossible to place. Thanks for sharing. BTW, I've begun making bento lunches for myself lately, because a change in our cafeteria chef at work has made it impossible to eat healthy there. And I can't tell you enough what a fabulous thing this is for me. I will, but I'll do it over there on the Just Bento blog, where it belongs.

Same here! I will try to remember for next issue but your description made it sound great and I am interested in your article as well as the one about Tsukiji Market moving. I was shocked to read that.

I listened to your podcast and thought you have a lovely voice with an interesting mixture of accents. Unfortunately, the man's questions could have been better and more knowledgeable! He wasn't a natural.

Thanks for the links to the magazine. I will definitely check it out. There has been such an explosion of food-related publications lately.

I enjoyed listening to three quarters of the podcast (ie, the bits when you were talking) and agree that the questions were on the lame/uninformed side.

I'll be looking out for wacafes next time I'm in Japan.

I'd love to read your article, but I don't think the full magazine is of interest to me as I'm based in London. I just have a huge obsession with Japanese food at the moment.

Is there any way to access just your piece without buying whole thing?


Thanks for all the feedback about the magazine and the podcast.

For Dano - the postage charges are at cost price for airmail from Singapore. Unfortunately there's nothing we can do about that, but the magazine will be distributed in select outlets worldwide and we do have a digital edition as Maki points out.

For Lin and Thomas - I'm sorry that the questions in the podcast came across as lame or uninformed. The idea was to give an introduction to Maki and the feature in the magazine, rather than provide detailed analysis of kanmidokoro or Japanese food culture. The podcasts are there as a free extra to promote the excellent, detailed and entertaining work by experts like Maki in Asia Eater. Also apologies for the sound quality on that one - a technical issue which has now been resolved.

For Kavey - unfortunately we have no plans to sell individual stories currently, but if you're interested in Japanese food, we also have a great feature on Tsukiji market and a recipe from Maki for Anzu Shiratama Anmitsu (as well as loads of non-Japanese content that might catch your attention), all from only $10 if you buy the digital edition or a little more for print.


Asia Eater

Thank you for taking the time to answering some questions Terry!

Do you know if there are any shops in San Francisco, CA, that carry Asian Eater? Looks like a great magazine!

Genuinely good thanks, I do believe your trusty audience would probably want a great deal more blog posts of this nature maintain the good hard work.

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