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Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art Hardcover – February 17, 2012
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. . .quite the most illuminating text around on Japanese food. . . Nigella Lawson
. . .this is much more than a cookbook. It is a philosophical treatise about the simple art of Japanese cooking. Appreciate the lessons of this book, and you will understand that while sushi and sashimi were becoming part of American culture, we were absorbing much larger lessons from the Japanese. We were learning to think about food in an entirely new way. from the new Foreword by Ruth Reichl
If Kurosawa had ignited my love for the country, Mr. Tsuji deepened and defined it. Jonathan Hayes in The New York Times
A complete guide to Japanese cooking, this collection is a must-have for anyone interested in Japanese food or culture. Publishers Weekly
My go-to for reference and classic recipes. Debra Samuels, The Boston Globe
A core addition to any and all personal, professional, or community library multicultural cookbook collections. Midwest Book Review
Still the foremost source book of cooking concepts and recipes from Japan. GlobalGourmet.com
Top Customer Reviews
I'm not likely to cook a casserole that involves a whole fish head (not easy to come by in Colorado), but I make "Potato Tumble" quite often in the winter, and it is a simple comforting dish, alone worth the price of the book. The term "art" in the title tends to make the book sound demanding, but it is, in reality, full of straightforward recipes that celebrate good quality ingredients, as it the goal of modern cooking.
UPDATE: Almost two years later, and this is still my favorite Japanese cookbook, despite the fact that I keep buying other cookbooks hoping to find a rival (for what reason, I do not know). I've read this book cover to cover several times and find it entertaining and relaxing every time.Read more ›
As a testament to the instantly recognizable caliber of this text, I offer this anecdote: I discovered it several years ago while I was living in Japan. It belonged to an American ex-pat, a foodie who spent part of his time there apprenticing in a soba shop in Akita, so he really knew his stuff. With just a casual flip through the pages (being a foodie myself), I immediately saw the value of the book and made a mental note to buy it when I came back to the US. I had forgotten about it until now, but now that I have it, I am very happy with the purchase.
True to Tsuji's pedagogical background as a culinary school founder, this book doesn't just teach recipe mechanics. It seeks to train you in the art and techniques of Japanese food preparation, with a healthy dose of etiquette, culture, philosophy, and history thrown into the mix. It is certainly ambitious in scope and perhaps not for the uninitiated.
I would say a moderate/advanced beginner level of familiarity with Japanese cuisine (or general Asian ingredients, at least) and comfort level around the kitchen is a prerequisite. Failing that, a willingness to learn and make a lot of failures.Read more ›
We live an era of globalized cuisine where sushi is served at cafeterias, oriental ingredients are available everywhere, and almost every species of fish is available regardless of origin. Despite our growing familiarity with the cuisine most of us are still ignorant about what makes a meal japanese. This book has served as an introduction to cooking japanese food to most serious cooks. It is unfettered by all of the attempts at fusion japanese (cream cheese and salmon sushi, spam musubi etc.) and is strictly focused on classical cuisine. Most new cookbooks about japanese cuisine stray from the classical cuisine and lack authenticity. Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art belongs beside Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Jacques Pepin's La Technique, and Richard Olney's the Good Cook series. The only other way I know of learning the proper way of cooking japanese food is to work for a great japaese chef.
A little bit about me, I first feel in love with Japanese cooking at the age of 8, when for my birthday, my parents took me to Joto's Japanese restaurant and I tried Sukiyaki. The sauce was to die for. The sauce won me over more than the ingredients inside the pot.
I just had to know how to cook it so luckily for me there was a Japanese market nearby. I went inside a bought Japanese Cuisine for Everyone by Yukiko Moriyama. It was ok for the time. It does contain actual photographs of all the sauce bottles and packages of dried foods that you need to find. It can be hard to locate items at the market and the pictures helped in the beginning. Then, years later, I bought Japanese Women Don't Get Old or Fat by Naomi Moriyama. It does have some traditional recipes mixed in with fusion cooking. Recently I bought Japanese Homestyle Cooking by Tokiko Suzuki and Harumi's Japanese Cooking by Harumi Kurihaara. Someone let me borrow an old book from Time Life books in the Foods of the World series called The Cooking of Japan. I have looked through the Nobu cookbook and it is filled with wonderful pictures but the recipes are hard for the average cook. That said, Tsuji's Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art towers above all others in content, detailed descriptions, cutting techniques, meal planning, and how to put together lunches and dinners based on the seasons. Other books have the aboved mentioned information but not on the level of Tsuji. Its like comparing the novels of Jane Austen to those of Danielle Steel. Both are romantic writers but only one is a genuis whose works stand the test of time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great recipes. Ingredients are found in some stores such as Giant supermarkets. We are lucky to have an H-Mart near by and they carry a lot of the ingredients. Read morePublished 1 month ago by diane e myers
Nice quality as advertised. Solid read for any person interested in Japanese cooking, trained as a chef or not.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Japanese Cooking, A Simple Art was given to me when I was living in Tokyo in the 90s. I put in on my shelf and didn't really look at it until a decade later when I left Japan and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brent D. Smith
I found this book to be an excellent tool in developing my Japanese cooking skills. Great instructions on many special techniques. Read morePublished 9 months ago by TG Cbus
It has everything in it that I could want, all those dishes my mom made when I was growing up. Its not really a downside, but I do wish they had something about ramen and that... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kayuu
seemed vey complicated,some fotos of finished product would be goodPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you're looking to learn the fundamentals of Japanese food from a book that emphasizes the detail and craft, look no further. This is the bible. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Comprehensive. Not a pro cooking Japanese, but there is a enough here to get you started in the right direction. Read morePublished 12 months ago by James