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Everyday Harumi Hardcover – September 22, 2009
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This is a very well made book. The paper stock and print is very well done. Aesthetically its very well presented and very clear and easy to follow/understand.
This is where this book shines. I wish I could score this thing A+++ just for the content. The first thing this book does is break down your fear of cooking and then further remove any barriers to entry to Japanese food in general by going over the base ingredients you will need. The thing that's attractive here is that there are alternatives suggested to items so that if you cant find something or don't want to purchase it for a one off recipe there is a suitable alternative suggested. Very very cool. The next part of book that is amazing is the fact that the recipes are all everyday cooking recipes so they are not too involved. This translates to delicately crafted dishes that are not heavy on ingredients so if you were to stock a couple of the base ingredients Harumi recommends you are able to make a large number of dishes in this book. Cant ask for better let me tell you!
This is a no brainer, this is 5 star over and over again. This is a cornerstone book for anybody who wants to try their hand at Japanese food or even for those that want to take their skills one step further. Harumi is considered Japans Julia Child and this book tells you why. She has demystified Japanese cooking and made it accessible to the masses.
Just don't think of her as "the Martha Stewart of Japan."
"Martha is an entrepreneur but I am a housewife, and I want to continue," she says. She started giving cooking classes because her husband and child loved the way she cooked, and even when she became a successful teacher, she still took her greatest pleasure from making family dinners. One thing led to another, and she began sending articles to magazines.
In 1992, she published her first cookbook, "Gochisosama Ga Kikitakute!," which means "I want to hear you say delicious!" Her publisher hated the title. 'It is too casual and inappropriate. It sounds like the title of an essay, not a book' was the complaint," Harumi has said. "But I did not compromise. The book sold over a million copies and remains in print. I feel vindicated."
Everyday Harumi, her most recent book, was created for Western home cooks. It capitalizes on our attraction for Japanese food --- its lightness, its scant use of meat, fat and dairy products, its smaller portions, its creative use of vegetables. Even better, it's not for purists. This is a cookbook for housewives, both literal and metaphorical. That is, it's for busy people who have little time to cook but who are too proud, cost-conscious and health-minded to order take-out.
It is, simply, the most useful and creative approach to Japanese cooking I have yet encountered. Harumi is to Japan what Marcella Hazan is to Italy and Patricia Wells is to France. Though new in our home, Harumi's book is already food-stained --- the ultimate compliment.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've really like the recipes I've made so far in this book and I like that they seem to be recipes used by Japanese people at home, so they are really different from other Japanese... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris C Loomis
Beautiful. Simple Japanese cuisine looks delicious and doable!Published 2 months ago by M. Rohrhoff
So pleased with Everyday Harumi. Lots of dishes set out in an easy format. Recipes I have been looking for for ages.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Everyday Harumi is one of my favorite cookbooks! Her recipes are fool-proof and very accessible. I love her writing style and I think she's dope (case in point-- I have purchased... Read morePublished 16 months ago by michlhw
I've tried some recipes that are pretty good, but I noticed something unusual. Nearly every recipe I made calls for sugar. About 1 to 2 tablespoons sometimes. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Shelley
Really great japanese cookbook. has the most authentic flavour of the japanese cookbooks that I have tried. Read morePublished 18 months ago by San N Leung
Great book…simple home style recipes. Could use better index to find recipes tho.Published 22 months ago by TT