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Japanese Cooking: Contemporary & Traditional [Simple, Delicious, and Vegan] [Kindle Edition]

Miyoko Nishimoto Schinner
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Book Description

Japanese and vegetarian food expert Miyoko Nishimoto Schinner presents traditional Japanese dishes and regional specialties from Kyusju in the south to Hokkaido in the north. She draws from a long tradition of vegetarian cooking in Buddhist temples, as well as an abundance of vegetable- and legume-based dishes that can be found in traditional Japanese cuisine. For those dishes that are usually prepared with meat, fish or fowl, Miyoko has created innovative substitutes utilizing tofu, seitan, and other vegetarian foods to create what is truly a unique vegan cookbook.

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About the Author

Miyoko Nishimoto Schinner , born in Yokohama, Japan ran Now & Zen Bakery in San Francisco. She also developed a line of gourmet cakes and vegetarian meat substitutes commercially sold across the country, and invented Hip Whip, a natural vegan cool whip. She is the author of the New Now & Zen Epicure.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2018 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Healthy Living Publications; 1st edition (August 1, 1999)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001XJ1PYM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,193 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy I have this in my kitchen. March 17, 2004
By A Customer
This is a great cookbook. As a Japanese-American and a vegan, this is by far the best vegetarian japanese cookbook I've come across.
The veg-anized recipies in this book mimic the real thing--the Japanese curry out of this cookbook tastes the same as I remember the beef/pork/chicken version tasting. The ramen recipe is as close to the real thing as I can imagine, and I'm not referring to the 6 for a dollar insta-packs from the supermarket.
The author includes traditional and modern foods, and recipes which are tradionally vegetarian and not. Most of the ingredients can be bought at your local supermarket. This is the book to get for healthy, completely vegetarian Japanse food.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an unexpected gem May 2, 2005
I came across this book while researching vegan recipes for a family member who is on a really restricted diet. I am not a vegan, but I have loved every recipe from this book that I've made. The maze gohan (Japanese pilaf) and Yasai Zosui (mixed vegetable 'risotto') have become some of my favorite foods.

The book is nicely laid out and it's the perfect size book. It's long enough to contain a wealth of recipes, but not so large that it is unwieldy and awkward to actually have in the cooking area. The directions are extremely clear, and the author does a good job of explaining unfamiliar ingredients.

Vegan or not, this is one of my favorite cookbooks.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Simple Recipes May 22, 2004
By A Customer
This is my favorite cookbook. The recipes are simple, healthy, and they don't taste like they are missing anything.
After becoming a vegan, I thought that I would be deprived of all the tastes that I grew up with. I happened upon this book at Borders and have been pleasantly surprised by every recipe that I have tried. Even my anti-vegan sister loves this book.
The recipe for gyoza is a real winner.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have basic! February 28, 2006
It's hard to search for a cookbook when you can't view it personally so I took a chance buying this and am extremely happy with it! The recipes are authentic and easy. There aren't any photographs but a few drawing to illustrate technique. The recipes are the core of Japanese cooking and the ingredients are consistant and easy to find. Exactly what I was looking for and would definatly say it was not a waste of money. This is getting alot of use.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful introduction to Japanese cooking October 14, 2009
I have owned this cookbook for many years now, and it is one of my very favorites-- friendly and appealing. The elegant recipes are simple, unfussy, always delicious. And they lend themselves well to improvisation. I agree with those who say that these are recipes that never have you missing meat or fish. The "vegan"ness of these recipes seems completely natural, unlike other vegan cookbooks which are so often trying to create vegan versions of meat classics, to varying degrees of success.

In fact, if you like Japanese food, you might find this cookbook to be an excellent segue into going completely vegan.

My favorites are the cozy, hearty soba noodle soups, so perfect for a winter's day, and featuring any number of different vegetables.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super awesome, authentic Vegan Japanese food! Woo! April 7, 2010
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I have made about 10 of the recipes so far, and every one is so delicious. Konyakku is one of my new favorite foods, and the recipe for the curry udon is super good. Japanese curry is very unique, and the flavor and sweetness of this one is just like the ones I've had in restaurants. I also never realized it, but there are really no spices in Japanese cooking, all of the flavors come from fresh ingredients and various sauces. The glossary is also excellent (and very helpful!) to have cuz it explains a lot about various Japanese cooking/food words. If you're vegan and love Japanese food, get this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome November 3, 2010
By L
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I really love this book of recipes. I've been looking for Japanese cookbooks that don't rely on meat or fish, and this is the one. There are delicious and simple recipes in here from noodles, salads, soups, tofu, donburi, tempura, even homemade Japanese curry or gyoza from scratch. The only downside is that there are zero pictures in the book of the foods. But with the selection here, that really does not matter!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good cookbook, awful (ebook) layout August 5, 2011
By sam
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Unfortunately these are the types of things that you can't catch when you download a sample of a book, and only find once you purchase it - the ebook layout is awful and clunky. Recipes are spaced weirdly, ingredients are missing, and the layout just needs to be reworked for the digital format.

Other than that, the recipes look pretty decent. Some slightly esoteric ingredients, but if you live near a Japanese store you'll have no problem tracking them down.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It was different t; hen I exspected, but ...
It was different then I exspected ,but I will use it as much as I can .
Published 18 days ago by LARAYNE HORTON
2.0 out of 5 stars No healthy choices
I was disappointed. I was hoping for healthier recipes. Most recipes have gluten, are fried (oil) or have tofu (highly processed soy)
Published 24 days ago by Melissa Losos
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Published 1 month ago by Doctor IJG
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Book of Japanese Recipes
My wife and I love Japanese cuisine, and especially preparing it ourselves at home. This book contains great recipes for authentic Japanese dishes, and it's not a big bulky book... Read more
Published 7 months ago by DV6740
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Cook Book
Great Cook Book, I've Used It Several Times Now
Published 9 months ago by paragraph3
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious!
I've learned so much from this book about subtle flavors in cooking. One of my favorites from this book is Simple Spinach with Sesame Oil, which is pretty much what it sounds like. Read more
Published 12 months ago by E. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
Bought this book to create a vegan New Years Eve menu. It was so much fun and all the recipes that I used were delicious. Read more
Published 16 months ago by June E. Nezamis
4.0 out of 5 stars I can't wait to try the recipes l
Had good information. Like the way she included a information section. It was easy to write a shopping list and understand what you needed to buy.
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical cookbook
Can recommend this cookbook for those interested in vegan cooking. I have a large selection of vegan cookbooks and can say that this cookbook is very handy and practical in the... Read more
Published on May 19, 2013 by Johan Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple & Vegan
Just as the subtitle of the book states! I love this cookbook. After going to Japan, I wanted to prepare some of the dishes we had/made there, but I needed to know how to make them... Read more
Published on February 6, 2012 by Scan1
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More About the Author

Miyoko has been delivering up her style of gourmet vegan cuisine to the public for decades through her many enterprises, including a restaurant, natural food company, cooking classes, lectures, and books. Her titles include the groundbreaking book, Artisan Vegan Cheese, and the most recent, The Homemade Vegan Pantry. Miyoko is the founder of Miyoko's Kitchen, makers of artisanal vegan cheese available at key retailers and online at She is co-host of Vegan Mashup, a cooking show on the Create Channel and seen on PBS.


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