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If the food of a culture has a pulse, in Japan that pulse would be called washoku. It's a set of principles in fives that takes into account color, taste, ways of preparing food, the diner's senses, and the outlook brought to bear on both the cooking and the dining experience. The result? Meals that are balanced, pleasing, invigorating, healing, and satisfying--all in ways that seep deep into the soul. It's the great good luck of the West that Elizabeth Andoh chose a life in Japan and a focus on food. Her expertise has brought forth the award-winning An Ocean of Flavor as well as countless newspaper and magazine pieces.
With Washoku Andoh takes the reader into the heart of the Japanese home kitchen. She explains the guiding philosophy then brings it into practical terms with a section on the essential washoku pantry. Her section on the washoku kitchen begins with cutting and ends with shaping and molding. Recipes are found in chapters on Stocks and Condiments; Soups; Rice; Noodles; Vegetables; Fish, Meat and Poultry; Tofu and Eggs; and Desserts.
You might never prepare an entire Japanese meal from beginning to end (though with this book in hand you certainly could), but there's no reason not to believe you wouldn't begin to include some of these recipes in an expanding foodway. The sauces and condiments are particularly exciting. As is the underlying thinking that goes into how you are cooking and why you are cooking--the washoku of it all. Not a bad lesson to learn from an exemplary teacher. --Schuyler Ingle
* A full-color cookbook featuring more than 140 recipes for the classics of the Japanese home kitchen, written by the leading English-language authority on the cuisine, Elizabeth Andoh, Gourmet magazine s correspondent in Japan.
* The essentials of the Japanese pantry the array of herbs and spices, the numerous varieties of miso, tofu, and noodles are illustrated in full-color photographs.
* Andohs An Ocean of Flavor won the IACP cookbook award for Seafood, Meat, and Poultry in 1998.See all Editorial Reviews
Very nice cook book. I can see many Japanese home dishes that are delicious and healthful.Published 9 days ago by Chi Young Oh
how awful it is to teach a complete different diverse group of people about a certain cultural food with absolutely no images?! This book makes me really want to say wtf! Read morePublished 3 months ago by DisappointedCustomer
What a wonderful cookbook on my favorite style of Japanese food -- home cooking. Preparing and eating the recipes in this book, it is like I am back in a Japanese home. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Miss J
I wish it had more pictures of the recipes, I like being able to see what I'm making.Published 7 months ago by Patrick B
For the person who is genuinely interested in not only understanding authentic Japanese cooking, but also wishes to gain a Japanese perspective on food and life - this book is a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by alwayscocacola_80
My small family and I just moved to Japan from America. Suddenly I found myself in a suburban area with one supermarket within biking distance. Read morePublished 7 months ago by L. Rodriguez