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The Wagamama Cookbook Hardcover – March 26, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Books; Har/DVD Re edition (March 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904920233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904920236
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Named one of the 10 best cookbooks of 2007 --EatDrink with Lucinda Scala Quinn, December 2007

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Now you can enjoy the unique wagamama experience in the comfort of your home! With healthy, nutritious, quick and easy recipes from mouthwatering appetizers and salads to hearty noodle soups, you can cook a delicious, low-fat meal in minutes.

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Great, easy and healthy recipes.
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Birthday gift for a friend who really loved it.
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The book is hard cover, and it reads well.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D on December 22, 2007
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Wagamama is a Japanese-like restaurant I frequented while living in London. After going through withdrawals when I returned to California, I came across this cookbook. It is so good that you would not believe my review if I really, honestly wrote of how much I enjoy their food. The noodle dishes are best! For those of you who have not tried the food at Wagamama, think of simple and fresh ingredients tossed together in non-traditional ways. The recipes in this book are pretty easy and my limited skills in the kitchen are enough to make great meals.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Sher on May 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
While Wagamama restaraunts are mostly known to those who have been to London, this cookbook is made for an American audience. They include cup and spoon measures, say shrimp instead of prawns, cillantro not corriander, snow peas not mange tout. However, the DVD that comes with it is of minimal use if you have any experience with stir-fry and they use British words. A great book for anyone wanting some slightly westernized Asian dishes, as well as those anglophiles longing for London. (Note: Not all the menu dishes are included. My favorite, chicken katsu curry is not in the book).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adrienne Dinnall on January 24, 2010
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I bought this book mostly for the yasai chili men recipe and other vegetarian dishes and I was a bit disappointed when I tried making them. The yasai chili men in particular didn't come out anything like how it is when I order it in the restaurant, the sauce wasn't anywhere near thick enough and was just way too watery. I felt like a couple of the other vegetable dishes I made were a bit bland. Lastly the ingredients frequently call for things like "store-bought chili sauce" and other store bought sauces which I didn't really like because (unlike soy sauce or hoi sin sauce) not all chili sauces are the same and when buying them at the store I wasn't sure which would be the best one for the recipes. If they had specified what brand to buy I think that would've been a little more helpful. I'll probably try making yasai chili men again at some point, and hopefully it will come out better then but for now I can only give this 3 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blegorello on April 23, 2012
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This is such a great recipe book, and is presented beautifully! Many other customers complained about their favourite wagamama dishes being absent; well of course they're not going to include their whole menu, then people would stop going back to their restaurants! There is still a great range of recipes in this book, and I really love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey on January 8, 2011
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This `Wagamama Cookbook' is a very attractive and well thought out selection of recipes from this well known restaurant chain.

This has information about setting up your Asian inspired kitchen and what things you may need and then sections covering Sauces Dips and Dressings, Side Dishes, Chicken, Fish, Meat, Vegetables, Salads, Desserts and Juices and Drinks. The vast majority of recipes have accompanying photos to both inspire you and give you an approximation of how the dish should look. Use it as a guide only as cooking is an organic, personal process. I have tried many of these recipes and still love the classic Yaki Soba and Ebi Yakitori. One of my favourites, and one I suggest you try, is Salmon Korroke, which are like Japanese Salmon Croquettes and very delicious indeed.

A new style of cooking will always require some practise, but once you get the hang of the ingredients and techniques these dishes are very easy to rustle up, taste delicious and are usually quite healthy. Most ingredients can be found in large supermarkets, but some specialised ingredients may need to be sourced from an Asian/Japanese market, if you live near London I recommend the Japan Centre in regents street.

This may be a slightly polished advertisement for the restaurant and there are plenty of pictures of happy staff and customers inside, but when the recipes are this good and the food so tasty I can overlook this and really enjoy using this book in the kitchen. If you are looking for a sushi book then try the Yo Sushi book which offers both sushi and noodle dishes, but both books would compliment each other very well and offer a good introduction to this style of cuisine.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Ratliff on January 16, 2014
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I was kind of disappointed in this book. It's a lot of recipes with ingredients I don't have on hand, some not even sure of where to purchase them from. I went to Wagamama's in Scotland and absolutely LOVED the food!!! It was just wonderful. I loved the atmosphere as well. I almost bought a couple of recipe books from them while I was there. I decided against it because of luggage issues and paying duty. HUGE mistake! I really thought this book would be like the ones I saw in the restaurant. Not so. Very disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By laura casanova on May 16, 2011
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Looked at this book from a friend and decided I had to have it.
It's excellent for the oriental sauces one can prepare, keep in the fridge and use for a variety of preparations. It's clear, non fussy and effective.
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By Chris on May 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I had high hopes for the book when I received it as a gift. Never been to the restaurant so I can't compare, but I don't think the recipes were accurately scaled down (or written) for a home cook.
I made the Wagamama salad dressing, which is supposed to be great, but it was bland and just didn't do anything for me. My wife wouldn't even finish her salad.
I also made the marinated chicken stir fry. Turned out okay, but the instructions seem like they were written by someone who doesn't actually cook. For instance they said to cook onions for one minute over medium heat "until they begin to caramelize." Onions don't begin to caramelize anywhere near a minute. It also said cook snow peas and red pepper cubes for 1-2 minutes "until they begin to wilt." Try 5 minutes MINIMUM. Not to mention they had you throw in the bean sprouts at the same time as the peppers, so they ended up mushy.

In the end everything was cooked unevenly and the flavor, while tolerable, was not anything special. I'm going to give a chance to the soup, if it turns out bad I'll have to donate the book.
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