Hardcover: 282 pages
Publisher: Salinas Press (June 12, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
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It's been a while since I've been unreservedly impressed with a cookbook. My family and I love Asian foods and Asian-style cooking. However, I have not focused on Japanese cooking because I'm a bit intimidated by it. I've always thought it to be too complex for my average cooking skills. When I came across this book, I thought I would give it a try.Right from the beginning, this book reassures the Japanese cooking novice that Japanese cooking is possible for virtually anyone. I'd like to write a few quotes from the book that particularly resonated with me:"To many Americans, Japanese cooking seems mysterious and inaccessible. The truth is that is is quite easy and surprisingly quick."..."Just like Japanese watercolor, basic Japanese recipes are unfussy. Most of the prepping and cooking methods will be familiar to you, and you won't have to hassle with lots of ingredients, steps, and hours at the stove. No recipe is foolproof, but its hard to ruin these simple recipes. You don't have to measure out a slew of spices, and there are not gravies to go lumpy, roasts to dry out or cakes to fall."This book breaks down everything you need to know about Japanese cooking. It mentions the tools you need, the specific ingredients and the preparation methods. All of these things were surprisingly less complicated than I expected.The recipes are straightforward (the instructions are clear and easy to follow). The recipe categories are as follows:- Rice- Soups, Stews and Hot Pots- Noodles- Salads, Vegetables, and Garnishes- Tofu and Eggs- Sushi- Fish and Seafood- Poultry and Meat- Sweets- Bento BoxesThe book is well edited.
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