Sachi Kato is a macrobiotic chef and educator, as well as a food writer and an award-winning photographer, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Formerly a head chef and teacher at Kushi Institute in Massachusetts, Sachi now coaches and cooks for individuals nationwide. She serves as the food editor for the quarterly macrobiotic journal, Amberwaves.
Sachi was born and raised in Gifu, Japan, as a member of a multi-generational family, and her childhood memories are steeped in the tastes, aromas, and textures of traditional Japanese cuisine. She earned a BA in English literature in Tokyo before moving to California, where she completed her occupational certification in photography from the renowned program at Santa Monica College. Working as a photographer, she found it difficult to meet the demands of her career while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In her search for a more natural way of living, she discovered macrobiotics. She then studied at the Kushi Institutes in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, completing the professional training course to become a certified teacher, counselor, and chef.
In 2017, Sachi collaborated with her long-time mentor and teacher, Alex Jack, and authored her first cookbook, The One Peaceful World Cookbook. Sachi meticulously crafted, tested, and photographed the 150+ plant-based macrobiotic recipes that appear in the book, published by Ben Bella Books, the leading vegan publishing company in the U.S. She is currently busy at work creating exciting new recipes for her next cookbook while she enjoys spending time with her husband and their beloved newborn son.
-East Meets West-
Reflecting a deep appreciation of Japanese culture and “Wa-shoku” or harmonious cooking, Sachi’s food is influenced by her native Japanese traditional cuisine. With “Wa-shoku,” she infuses the flavors of colorful Californian cuisine and world cuisines with macrobiotic principles. Sachi prepares everyday macrobiotic meals for both healthy people and those healing. Cooked with love, her food is delicious, vitalizing, and beautiful to behold.
What is Macrobiotics?
The word “macrobiotics” stems from the ancient Greek word macrobios. Macro means “large” or “long,” and bios means “life.” Macrobiotics is a philosophy and the art of living in harmony with nature. By balancing ourselves with our environment, including preparing foods with love and gratitude, we can create a long, healthy, and wonderful life.
The macrobiotic principle 医食同源 “Ishokudo-gen” is a Japanese phrase that means medicine and daily food share the same origin—or “food is medicine.”
“Health is a state of complete harmony with the body, mind and spirit.
When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions,
the gates of the soul open.”
Life with a Big Picture
Macrobiotics is a wholistic way of living. It extends beyond a healthy daily diet to an entire way of life in harmony with nature. The macrobiotic way leads to ever greater self-development and realization at all levels, including the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual. It enables us to live life on a larger canvas and become one with the universal spirit.
Macrobiotic food is delicious!
Macrobiotics recommends eating fresh, seasonal, locally grown ingredients, whole foods, unrefined and minimally or traditionally processed foods, and organically or naturally grown foods. Macrobiotic cooking emphasizes a balance of tastes, flavors, and energies, as well as a variety of cutting and cooking styles, to create delicious, satisfying meals, snacks, and special dishes for all occasions.
“By eating well, you will create order and balance in your daily life.
Your peaceful spirit will extend to your family and community and
eventually influence the whole world. “
About Sachi’s Logo
Sachi’s logo takes its inspiration from the ancient Japanese character 氣. This sign means Ki flow or life energy. It is made of two components. 米 means kernel of rice or other whole grain. The character 气 means streaming energy. In the field, each head of grain has several long bristles on top. In Far Eastern culture, it was known that these antennae attract high energy and vibration from the cosmos. By eating grains, we absorb that strong, universal Ki or life force and become energized, harmonious, and peaceful.
Macrobiotics is not just a dietary approach or a strict diet for prevention or recovery from disease. It is a universal way of living in harmony and balance with nature and the universe. It celebrates the dance of complementary opposite energies that make up all things. It helps improve our relationships, unify our family, develop our career, and grow spiritually. Macrobiotics enables us to harmonize our inner and outer environment, live joyfully, and realize our dreams.