Feldner, a food enthusiast and Japanophile, offers an intimate and colorful guide to traditional Japanese home cooking in this unique and attractive collection. Focusing on recipes collected from a wide swath of life, from grandmothers to waitresses to fishermen, she highlights often overlooked techniques and ingredients. Most recipes are prefaced by a short story about the individual who shared it, offering glimpses into Japanese culture as well as cuisine. Feldner also offers a short tutorial on cooking tools, a section on techniques, including grating wasabi and pressing tofu, and a particularly helpful guide to essential Japanese ingredients such as burdock and dashi. Recipes are homey and mostly uncomplicated, ranging from pork and leek miso soup and sesame fried chicken to salmon teriyaki and spicy pan-seared eggplant. Desserts and drinks are also well represented, with oolong tea chiffon cake, sugar bread sticks, and gingerade. Feldner also includes a section on the basics, such as stocks and various types of rice. Entertaining, with striking full color photographs throughout, this book shows that Japanese home cooking is more than sushi and noodles, providing new perspective on everyday Japanese home fare. (Apr.)
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Being somewhat of a cook book connoisseur, I would have to say this is one of the best on the market for Asian-inspired dishes. The pictures and layout are fantastic. Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Rachel Shutts
Loved It ! Amazing stories, for the visitor traveling to a foreign country. The recipes have a human side to them. Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Helen Horan
This is definitely a book to use, keep, and reread. The author relates her journey through Japan, searching out food cooked in homes, not restaurants, and then collecting those... Read morePublished on January 22, 2011 by Louise C. Lambert
This is the BEST Japanese homestyle cookbook I've found. Beautiful photos, well written, excellent, simply delicious, do-able recipes. Read morePublished on October 15, 2010 by venusinmarin
I first saw this at my public library and knew I'd refer to it over and over, if only for the Oolong Tea Chiffon Cake and the section on Japanese teas. Read morePublished on September 24, 2010 by Anthro Mom