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Melinda Joe

Melinda Joe is an American journalist in Tokyo. A certified wine and sake professional, she writes about Japanese drinks in her Kanpai Culture column for The Japan Times and blogs at

For Melinda Joe's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Bottura brings Italian 'culinary stories' to Tokyo

Mar 26, 2015

Bottura brings Italian 'culinary stories' to Tokyo

Massimo Bottura’s enthusiasm is infectious. The Italian chef has a way of speaking that brings you in on his schemes and sends you chasing multiple trains of thought. “You know what we’re going to do? We’re going to serve an eel in Tokyo — ...