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Fran Kuzui

Fran Kuzui

Fran became part of the Culinary Backstreets team after joining a walk in Istanbul and writing them a fan letter. Her years as an active movie director, producer and distributor have given her an excuse to travel the world and an opportunity to eat very well. Born in New York, she met her Japanese husband on a movie set in the United States and they began splitting their time between New York City and Tokyo. They now live on the grounds of a Buddhist temple in Nikko, Japan. She has written pieces for Japanese magazines and several screenplays, one of which she directed and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. While Frans culinary tastes run from high-end sushi to any kind of yakitori, shes never met a noodle she didnt like.

Recent stories by Fran Kuzui

January 1, 2021

Osechi Ryori: Edible New Year

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Tokyo -- ‘Tis the season of the Japanese New Year’s trinity: osechi, oseibo and nengajo. Like newsy Christmas cards, the nengajo is a recap of family or personal news mailed in postcards during the weeks preceding the end of the year and efficiently delivered all over Japan promptly on January 1. Read more
February 18, 2020

Rengatei: The “Western” Canon

Tokyo |
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Tokyo -- We woke one Sunday craving omuraisu, our favorite Japanese comfort food. Omuraisu, sometimes rendered as omurice, is an umami bomb: a soft egg omelet arranged over rice studded with a protein such as chicken or pork and a flourish of ketchup-laced demi-glace sauce over the top. Read more
February 1, 2020

Afuri: Back to the Source

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Tokyo -- Once the province of late-night slurping at street carts or standup counters, instant meals and cheap dining, ramen has undergone a renaissance over the last 18 years, making it onto haute hipster tasting menus in the West and creating punishing waits outside the “it” ramen-ya of Tokyo and Osaka. Read more
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