For me, eating and cooking are essentially the same: I like to cook what I eat and I like to eat what I cook. Mood is a factor in what I put together, but underlying it all is a Hawaii state of mind, a bond with those childhood food experiences that has evolved into a Hawaiian fusion cuisine. My cooking encompasses my Asian background and my Western training as a chef, embracing a wide range of ingredients and cooking techniques from Europe, America, Asia, and beyond. It is a bold and flavorful style that takes advantage of the freshest and best products available in Hawaii and elsewhere. -from the Introduction"Using salsas, spices, and even pancetta, Yamaguchi puts a multi-cultural spin on the familiar while honoring Hawaiian flavors." People
magazine"Yamaguchi has helped pioneer a cuisine that combines Hawaiian ingredients and traditional dishes with French, Italian, and Japanese techniques and flavors." Bon Appetit
About the Author
JOAN NAMKOONG is the coauthor with Roy Yamaguchi of Hawaii Cooks,
and author of The Food Lover's Guide to Honolulu
and Go Home, Cook Rice.
She lives in cool, misty Waimea, Hawaii.
After growing up in Japan, ROY YAMAGUCHI moved to New York to train at the Culinary Institute of America. In 1988, he left the mainland to open the first Roy's, in Honolulu. In 1993, he was named Best Chef in the Pacific Northwest by the James Beard Foundation, and he now operates 33 Roy's restaurants worldwide.