- Aya Tanaka has a PhD in French from Rutgers University, where she wrote her dissertation on travel literature and the development of the novel in eighteenth-century France.
- She contributed to the "Kids Welcome" and "Get Out of Town" columns for Serious Eats, writing about dining out with small children in New York City, Hudson Valley restaurants, and Japanese curry.
Aya Tanaka is an adjunct professor at New York University's Stern School of Business. She teaches courses on the relationship between business and society.
Her background is in literature and finance, but she learned many culinary lessons from her father, who taught her how to cook and never compromised on quality and taste.
What's your desert island food and why?
"It would have to be Key Lime Pie. Feels refreshing under the sun. "
What's your favorite condiment?
"Pimenta Malagueta. It's a very fragrant and hot Brazilian pepper sauce."
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