HIROKO URAKAMI attended the Tsuji Cooking School before embarking on a career in cooking. She has taught and demonstrated Japanese cooking both at home and abroad for many years. She has served as an instructor of Japanese cooking in the Department of Extension, University of California, Riverside and for more than ten years has hosted the radio program "Hiroko's Joyful Quick Cooking" on Radio Pacific Japan, California. She is an instructor at Yomiuri Culture Center and other culture centers and the author of many cookbooks. She lives with her husband, an economics professor, in Tokyo.