Candace Kita


Candace Kita grew up in suburban Chicago, downtown Los Angeles, and southeast Portland. She reads, dances, asks questions, and eats her vegetables. 


One sentence to describe yourself: Books, carbs, the suburbs, only-child-ness, and coffee have shaped me.

What will you be presenting on? I will be presenting on shame, pleasure, and weight.

Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: You should use oil when cooking something in a pan...told to me by my best friend Tina in college, when I had no idea how to cook anything.

If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: Pho

Favorite food: Choosing one doesn't seem right: figs, onigiri, chocolate

Recommended reading: Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Best meals: Japanese breakfast at a hotel in Tokyo -- consisting of various pickled items, eggplant, rice, miso

Food you’d like to try: I've been wanting to try the vegan schwarma at Aviv and the "proper" way of eating natto.