Episode 25 Interview with Author Pat Tanumihardja and Illustrator Shiho Pate
Updated: May 21
In this episode we chat with Pat Tanumihardja the author of Ramen for Everyone and Shiho Pate the illustrator that worked on this adorable book. We talk about Pat's author journey from cookbooks to picturebooks and her love of Ramen. We also discuss Shiho's Illustrator journey and her varying art styles. Thanks for listening.
In this adorable picture book for fans of Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao and Bilal Cooks Daal, Hiro aspires to make a bowl of ramen as delicious as his dad’s—and runs into some surprises on his first attempt!
Hiro loves ramen. Every Sunday, Hiro’s dad makes delicious, perfect ramen for dinner, using a recipe passed down from his dad. There’s nori seaweed, briny like the ocean; nitamago egg, the yolk golden like the sun; and chashu pork so tender, it melts in your mouth. Yum!
Hiro’s dream is to make his own perfect bowl, and he’s sure he can do it after watching his dad and taking notes. But when he gets started, things don’t go according to plan. The seaweed crumbles! The eggs slip through his fingers! The pork falls apart! Hiro is worried he’ll never be a real ramen chef…but thanks to his father’s wise advice and his own creativity, Hiro discovers that every person’s perfect bowl of ramen is unique.
Patricia Tanumihardja was born in Jakarta to Indonesian Chinese parents and raised in Singapore. In addition to being a children’s book author, Pat also writes cookbooks and loves to weave food-centric themes into her stories for young people. Don’t be shy to hit her up for some favorite recipes! Pat lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and son where she enjoys bubble tea, dumpling-making, and hiking the great outdoors. Her favorite ramen bowl is shio (“salt-flavored”) ramen topped with chashu, menma (fermented bamboo shoots) and corn.
You can find her on Twitter and IG: @ediblewords and online: ediblewords.com
Shiho Pate was born in Hokkaido and raised in Aichi, Japan. She received her degree in illustration from SCAD and worked for indie gaming studios before she started making children’s books. Shiho lives in southern California, where she loves hunting for new ramen restaurants with her daughter and husband.
Visit her at ShihoPate.com or @shihopate on Instagram.
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