Superb book. I am in love with the Asian Groceries and Markets in Ellicott City, Maryland and shop there a couple times a month. I try to buy an unfamiliar item each time I go, but often can not use them.
The first part of Washoku is worth the price of the whole book and then some. It is a thorough encyclopedia of ingredients, products, etc. Explanantions of use and pictures predominate the discussion and it is marvelous. I am ecstatic--learning more and more each time I pick up the book. It is a treasure trove.
The recipes too are well done--cross referencing the ingredients with page numbers from the first chapter.
This is a book that I wish had the author's autograph. I predict it will be a prize winner and am delighted to have it in my cookbook collection. Ms. Andoh is to be congratulated on an outstanding contribution to clear communication of Japanese cuisine especially for those of us who would rather cook than carry out!!!!