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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; New Ed edition (3 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091907101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091907105
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sensational" (Daily Mail)

"Excellent! A Diet that's anti ageing, slimming and fills you up - where do we sign up?" (Grazia)

"Moriyama dishes up tasty recipes, along with portions of memoir that capture her childhood in Tokyo" (You magazine)

"...actually much more about the differences between Western and Eastern cultures, more memoir than diet book...surprisingly fascinating" (Sunday Express)

"The book's message is simple. I started off a cynic, but found it easy and enjoyed exploring my local Asian supermarket for new ingredients" (Olive magazine)

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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

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ms. E. Flint on 13 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
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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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Angie on 29 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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87 of 91 people found the following review helpful By "jasandos" on 29 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sakurakiri on 27 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By H. J. Battle on 7 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I've almost finished this book and i've found it a really good read. There are a few bad points such as the ingredients which are very dificult to find, but Naomi has listed them as to whether you can find them on the internet etc which is very helpful. I also didn't like the fact that all the recipes seem to be directed at families as all of them serve four people. Living alone means you have to do some serious mathmatics in order to work out how much you need for just yourself.
Apart from that it was a very informative guide and a must for adventurous cooks looking to expand their horizons.
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