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Japanese Women Don't Get Old or Fat: Delicious slimming and anti-ageing secrets [Hardcover]

Naomi Moriyama , W. Doyle
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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5 Jan 2006
Over the past 40 years, millions of people have participated in the most massive de facto longevity and anti-obesity experiment of all time. They have discovered how to conquer obesity and live longer than everyone else on earth. And now, for the first time ever, they are about to share their secrets with you. "Japanese Women Don't Get Old" is based on a fascinating health trend: as the US, the UK and Europe suffer an obesity epidemic that is injuring millions of people, the Japanese people are enjoying the greatest health and longevity in the world - and the lowest obesity rates of any industrialised nation. This is the first book to reveal the secrets of Japanese home cooking and the diet and lifestyle secrets of the Land of Immortal Women: Japan. It is written by Japanese expert Naomi Moriyama, who was born and raised in Tokyo. The book is poised to capitalise on the Western world's concern over obesity and health and fitness, as well as its growing interest in Japanese pop culture and Japanese food.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (5 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091907098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091907099
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brimming with easy recipes and lifestyle tips." -- Sunday Express Magazine

"If you need inspiration to change your diet, spending a couple of hours with Naomi should do the trick" -- Daily Telegraph

"Incredibly informative and easy to read, full of handy hints..for a slimmer, more energetic and youthful you." -- Health and Fitness

"Moriyama's book is a compelling wake-up call" -- Sunday Telegraph (Australia)

"Victoria Beckahm is keen to get her hands on this hot new book set to revolutionise diets...excellent" -- Grazia

"a delicious way to stay healthy" -- Washington Post

"sounds like a spoof of French Women Don't Get Fatbut it's serious one-upmanship...the diet book fad sweeping Australia" -- Sydney Morning Herald

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Bestselling memoir, lifestyle advice and glorious recipes from Japan, the country with the lowest obesity and highest longevity rates in the world --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyday Japanese food 13 Jan 2008
This is a lovely book. The title is a little clumsy, although it gets the point across, but don't let that put you off; the contents are quite carefully and thoroughly presented.

I enjoy Japanese food but sometimes the amount of preparation and long ingredient lists are off-putting when you don't have much time to spare. What's lovely about this book is that many of the recipes are the Japanese equivalent of British beans on toast, and don't require much more preparation. There's also advice about freezing ahead, dishes and sauces that keep in the fridge, and so on.

Naomi gives lots of interesting information about the health-giving benefits of the key ingredients, and the background stories make you feel that you are being let in on useful secrets. Your bowl of noodles, tasty as it is, looks even more inspiring when you understand that something similar once fuelled Tomoe Gozen, a great female Samurai warrior. On a less historic but perhaps more useful note, we are let in on lots of tips and tricks Naomi has learnt from her mother, who is clearly a generous and skilled cook. It's also helpful to hear the experiences of a Westerner getting to grips with the menu in the shape of Naomi's American husband.

I wish this book had come with some photographs of the recipes, and maybe one of Naomi's mother's Tokyo kitchen, which is so richly described. Once I'm familiar with the recipes in this book, I'll definitely be buying the companion book.

As for the title's claim, well, I have lost a few pounds in the month I've been referring to this book, and the meals definitely leave me feeling energised rather than sluggish.

Can I have seconds, please!
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delicious diet that really works! 29 Jan 2006
By Angie
At last, an intelligent book full of slimming and anti-ageing secrets that lives up to its promise. In "Japanese Women Don't Get Old or Fat" Naomi Moriyama reveals the secrets of a diet and way of life which makes Japanese women live longer and look half their age. Based around a simple philosophy of fresh and natural foods, the book is packed full of delicious recipes - a must for anyone who is a fan of wonderful Japanese cuisine. The food is simple to make, suprisingly easy to get hold of at your local supermarket, and delicious to eat. And unlike other diet fads, it doesn't leave you feeling restricted or hungry. In addition to the recipes, the book is full of beautifully written anecdotes which give a wonderful insight into the Japanese way of life. At times you really do feel transported there. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes Japanese food and wants to lose weight, get healthy and indulge in escapism on the way.
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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eating Healthily for Ever 29 Jan 2006
I used to live in Japan for four years and I so I already knew how healthy and energy-giving the diet is. I saw for myself that people who eat this way really do not ever get fat. But when I returned to the West, I didn't have the courage or resolution to cook this kind of food in my own home. I thought it would be too difficult, too complicated. Naomi Moriyama's book has given me back the confidence to revert to this healthy way of eating. This is a real inspiration. I have given this book to many girlfriends and recommended it to many other people.
Incidentally, where 'French women don't get fat' is just a humorous guide to not eating cakes and white bread, this book is a serious work, with a practical guide to being healthy, forever.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and good advice 8 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Throughly enjoyable with tasty easy to prepare recipes (the ingredients can be easily obtained in your local supermarket) backed up with some good, healthy eating advice - no faddy diets - and no need to spend oodles of money on tableware and bento boxes!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Healthy for Ever 29 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Naomi Moriyama's book on Japanese diet is an inspiration. I once lived in Japan for four years and so I already knew how balanced, healthy and energy-giving the Japanese diet is. But now I'm back in the West, I didn't have the courage (and expertise) to continue eating healthily. This book has given me back the confidence to incorporate more Japanese food into my diet (and shown me that it is NOT difficult - wherever you live). I have given this book to most of my girlfriends as gifts and have recommended it to many, many people.
The book is much more helpful, incidentally, than 'French women don't get fat' which was just a humorous guide not to eat cakes and white bread. Thank you Ms Moriyama, for providing a SENSIBLE and tasty alternative.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A food revolution! 27 May 2011
For starters this book is not a "diet". It is not a Japanese resurant book with quaint little fiddly recipies. This is a real person talking about real life food, not a diet you do begrudgingly for 10 weeks then put it all back on again after. This book has helped me to reflect on the things I, and we all put into our stomaches each day and realise how far away from nature we are when we eat; and why no matter how many cakes and crisps we eat, why we are still hungry, dumpy and miserable. Naomi Moriyama reflects on her Childhood in her beautiful home country and her present life in buzzing New York showing how simple and easy it is to choose healthy natural food and how easy appreciating it really is!

This book gave me the confidence to look at a glass of Coke and say.. that really is unhealthy, horribly superficially tasting and I genuinly actually dont WANT to drink it. While eating, I enjoy every mouthful because I take the time to appreciate the effort I'VE put into cooking this and go "oh my gosh!" I cant even finish this plate because I'm genuinly full and it was so nice! Rather than last week when I gulped it all down, didn't really taste it and felt ill and bloated and annoyed that I cooked it in the first place!

I havent gone out and purchased a mirriad of things. I've simply used the messages Naomi gives that Japanese women go buy and in a week I'm already shedding weight. NOT because it's a painful short lived diet but because it's revolutionised the relationship between me and my kitchen. I now look forward to cooking, eating and looking in the mirror. :)
Thank you Naomi. I loved your book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Recipes are easy and nutritious and do appear to be home-style cooking
Recipes are easy and nutritious and do appear to be home-style cooking. Some new equipment may be required if you want to take up this type of cooking, although most is not... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Eve
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not that simple to eat like a Japanese woman when you live in the...
It's not that simple to eat like a Japanese woman when you live in the West, I find some things difficult to find, and I'm also worried about the radiation in seaweed from Japan... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Claudia Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok read
Not a bad read though there's not as much recipe as I would like it to have. And there's not much pictures in it to show you how the dish would look like. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Jean
1.0 out of 5 stars useless information!
If you are looking for some interesting information that is not the book for you! There is a lot of blah blah blah and no concrete. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katarzyna Ocetek
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
I read the book and it was not what I had expected. The recipes ! The average reader would not have the ingredients and would have a problem in trying to get them, so although the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jill Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Japanese Women Don't Get Old or Fat
Very interesting book to read. I was glued to this book. I did not want to put it down. Makes a good read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Everlyn Turibamwe
5.0 out of 5 stars REeview
This book is a good introduction to Japanese culture. How they cook their food, the size of the portions they eat and how they exercise to keep slim. Read more
Published 4 months ago by catherine girvan
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting
interesting book to read,but its of to charity shop nowi would not use any recipiesbut enjoyed reading about different cultures
Published 8 months ago by coco
1.0 out of 5 stars Not really a recipe book
This book was quite disappointing. The book talks more about her life growing up rather than actual recipes. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bianca
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise. A bit wordy. But very useful.
The prose can be a bit long and tiresome. But its worth sitting down and having a read. There are some amazing tips in here. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Naomi Anderson Whittaker
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