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A Compelling Book on Japanese Food and Culture,
This review is from: Japanese Farm Food (Hardcover)
While it's essentially a cook book, "Japanese Farm Food" also narrates the history of one woman's long romance with a country, the man she married, and the food that cuisine that brought them together.
As a California-born girl transplanted to rural Japan, Hachisu's culinary and farming experiences are unique, and she shares them with insight and humor. As a former outsider, she understands exactly what her readers might find unusual about Japanese farm cooking -- whether its ingredients or method -- and her explanations are indispensable.
There's a handy section on international suppliers, but as a proponent of organic and homegrown fare, Hachisu makes recommendations regarding substitutes when it's possible. As a cook who tries to get away without measuring when I can, I love that most of the recipes have their ingredient ratios included, too. I wish all cook book authors could be so thoughtful.
The volume itself is beautifully designed, with Kenji Miura's evocative photographs and the simulated cloth binding that complements the book's interiors. It's a detail that only a dual fan of book design and Japanese textile can fully appreciate. "Japanese Farm Food" is simply a tour-de-force that deserves to be devoured from cover to cover.
(This piece first appeared in the San Francisco Book Review.)