- Publisher: Piatkus Books (September 24, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349407487
- ISBN-13: 978-0349407487
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.7 x 5.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,622,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Secrets of the World's Healthiest Children: Why Japanese children have the longest, healthiest lives - and how yours can too Paperback – September 24, 2015
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About the Author
Naomi Moriyama is a Manhattan mom and author of Japanese Women Don't Get Old or Fat: Secrets of My Mother's Tokyo Kitchen (translated into 20 languages) and The Japan Diet. Naomi has served as Chief Marketing Consultant for Ralph Lauren Japan, as Director of Marketing at HBO in New York and as Account Executive at Grey Advertising in Tokyo and New York. She grew up in Tokyo but now lives in New York City with her eight-year-old son and her husband and co-author, William Doyle. William Doyle is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author. He has authored or co-authored 14 books and served as director of original programming for HBO as well as a producer. He has been selected a Fulbright Scholar for 2015-16. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top customer reviews
1) I wanted to turn back time to 2005 so that I could have read Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat when it first came out and thus had more time on Earth in which to eat the delicious food of the author's childhood in Tokyo.
2) Because my twin sons were 2 years old when I read the first book, and they too loved the recipes in it, I wanted the author to follow up that first book about how she left Japan for the United States, where she fell in love with an American man and got him to fall in love with the food of her Japanese childhood, with a second one in which she would write about cooking Japanese food for children who don’t live in Japan.
I never expected my first wish to come true, because it hinged on time travel, but I did hold out hope for my second wish and am extremely pleased that the universe has granted it in the form of Secrets of the World’s Healthiest Children. I have bought multiple copies to send to friends and family, and everyone has told me that they love it.
The first two sections of the book do a great job of first explaining the threats to children’s health posed by a typical Western diet and second offering advice on improving your child’s chances at lifelong healthy eating habits. But the best part for me is the third and last section on Japanese inspiration for family meals.
I’ve not yet tried all the recipes, but so far all have been delicious and surprisingly easy. My sons adore the baked Japanese sweet potatoes. Another time-tested children’s favorite is oyako donburi: chicken and eggs on a bed of fluffy rice. But I would buy this book for this recipe alone: “Aubergines and Red Peppers with Sweet Red Miso Sauce.” I suspect the aubergines in this UK edition might turn into eggplants when the US edition of the book is released.
The only flaw that I could find with this book was that I would have loved to have seen a version of my favorite carrot recipe from the first book that was somehow adapted for children – or more specifically, adapted for people who do not have time to cut carrots into tiny matchstick pieces because they have children. I think the solution might lie in inducing my husband and/or children to cut carrots into tiny pieces so that we all can enjoy the most deliciously prepared carrots in the world with minimal effort on my part.
For all those who have not become obsessed with the matchstick carrots from this author’s first book, I cannot think of anything that you would not love about Secrets of the World’s Healthiest Children. I hope you will enjoy the wisdom and recipes in it as much as I do.