From Publishers Weekly
The striking photographs and creative design of this oversize cookbook stressthe physical beauty of traditional Japanese cuisine. The wonderful surprise is that the book succeeds in making these artful effects accessible even to novices of Japanese-style preparation and cooking techniques. The most exotic-looking dishesclam soup, for example, or jade green deep-fried shrimpprove to be relatively simple to prepare. Unfamiliar cooking methods are illustrated by detailed, full-color sequence photographs. And in a lovely preface, Tsuji (Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art, president of a professional culinary school in Japan (where Hata is head chef), encourages newcomers to make Japanese cookery their own, experimenting, substituting, rearranging without fear that they will violate the spiritof a most adaptable cuisine. Calories per serving are included with the varied, ample offerings. (September
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
SHIZUO TSUJI was the president of the Ecole Technique Hoteliére Tsuji, the largest culinary school in Japan. He published extensively, writing the best- selling classic Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art
and more than thirty books on gastonomy, music and travel in Japanese. Recognized by the French government for his tireless work in promoting French cuisine and culture in Japan, he was named Meilleur Ouvrier de France (M.O.F.). Mr. Tsuji passed away in 1993.
KOICHIRO HATA, head of the Japanese cookery facilities at Ecole Technique Hoteliére Tsuji, appears regularly on nationally broadcast television programs, and is the coauthor of numerous cooking books in Japanese. He teaches and lectures on Japanese food not only in his native land, but abroad as well, most notably in the United States and Thailand. A discerning diner by profession, the low-profile head chef is invariably recognized by former students whenever he visits any of Japan's finer restaurants.