I’m Jhanteigh Kupihea, the creator of Counter Productive. I work as a book editor in New York City, and I live with my husband in Astoria, a small neighborhood in Queens with a great view of the Manhattan skyline and killer food.
I was born in Hawaii and grew up in Arizona, North Carolina, England, and Washington state. My travels taught me food literacy at a young age, but I really became interested in food when I moved to New York for college. It was here that I tasted soupy noodles in Chinatown, classically prepared Dover sole at La Grenouille, the thinnest and crispiest slices of pizza margherita in Brooklyn, Thai oxtail soup in Hell’s Kitchen, and cloudlike ricotta gnocchi at Lupa.
I worked many jobs to eat my way through New York, and when I wised up, I turned to a few great cooking blogs, a stack of cookbooks, and back issues of Gourmet and Bon Appetit to learn the techniques that I discovered in restaurants. It was a long time before I was comfortable turning out Dutch ovens of coq au vin, chilled tubs of homemade olive oil gelato, and one near-disastrous Toulousain cassoulet.
The Bon Appetits keep coming, and the cookbooks keep arriving from Amazon, but as my career progresses, I find myself settling for emergency grilled cheeses and seamless.com. My hope is to reconnect with cooking, and that same spirit of curiosity that brought me to a kitchen in the first place.
This will be my space to try out new recipes and experiment with techniques, kitchen products, and ingredients.
And, perhaps, I’ll finally try my hand at that oxtail soup.