HandPicked People: Tomiko Peirano

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As we’ve built up our community here at HandPicked Nation, we have met some truly incredible farmers, ranchers, makers and thinkers in the real food movement. Which prompted the thought, why not share a little more about the real people of real food with our readers?

Welcome to another addition of HandPicked People!

Tomiko Peirano came to HandPicked Nation with over 20 years’ experience in the food industry. Her abiding love of food can be attributed to her family. She grew up in a kitchen, either at her mother’s side watching handmade gyoza and inarizushi being made with tasty perfection or in her family’s restaurant in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, thinking shelling fava beans was a game most children played.

Tomiko has been with HPN since it was just an idea getting kicked around a dinner table in Woodstock, NY. Although she is moving on to new adventures, she is certainly not saying “goodbye” to the many inspiring people gathered around this home of the real food movement.

Tomiko eagerly anticipates all of the wonderful thought-provoking essays, inspiring articles and delicious recipes to come from her friends and colleagues here at HandPicked Nation.

Name: Tomiko Peirano

Occupation: Director of Content & Site Management, HandPicked Nation

Describe what you do in 10 words or less. Think about food, coordinate people, share information, constantly seek inspiration.

Describe real food in one sentence. Real food has a little dirt on its cheek, some feathers remaining, a little bug or two clinging inside, and it’s all good.

What’s your first food memory? I remember climbing from a dining room chair into my highchair at the dinner table.

If you were a food or flavor, what would you be? Any kind of toasted nut or seed, most likely a hazelnut since I grew up in Oregon.

What are the 5 food things you must always have on hand? Salt, lemons, garlic, olive oil and shoyu.

What is the one professional rule you NEVER break? As an adult, no food is ‘gross.’ It might not be something I care to eat, but that doesn’t mean it’s not the most delicious thing to the person sitting next to me. (Also, use your vocabulary!)

What’s going to be be your next meal? I have no idea. There’s pastured ground beef, lacinato kale, and loads of beets and garnet yams in my kitchen…I’m confident I can pull together something very tasty and perfect for this rainy day.

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