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Mayumi's Kitchen: Macrobiotic Cooking for Body and Soul Hardcover – Illustrated, 12 Apr 2010

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd; 1 edition (12 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770031106
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770031105
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The concept of following a macrobiotic diet might sound daunting, but Nishimura -- who worked as Madonna's private chef for seven years (and had her former boss write a foreword for this book) -- breaks it down into simple, can-do steps and recipes." --Publishers Weekly"Want to eat like Madonna? Pick up a copy of 'Mayumi's Kitchen.'" --The Boston Herald."..the book brims with easy, Japanese-style recipes that follow the principles of macrobiotics, a way of eating intended to boost energy, clear the skin and mind, and foster a deep connection with the Earth." --VIV Magazine"Madonna's longtime macrobiotic chef puts a cosmopolitan spin on healthy eating in her newest cookbook." --The Maui News

About the Author

Mayumi Nishimura was born in Aichi Prefecture in 1956. At 26, she went to the U.S. to study macrobiotics under Michio Kushi, the leading authority in the field. In 1983 she helped establish the Kushi Institute in Becket, MA-the first macrobiotic school in the country-where she later worked as a cooking instructor and chef. In 2001 she became Madonna's private chef. She has accompanied the superstar on four world tours. Currently based in Japan, Mayumi gives lectures on macrobiotics, writes for several women's magazines, and frequently appears on TV. She has written four books in Japanese. This is her first book in English.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By GBAL VINE VOICE on 24 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This may well be the best macrobiotic cookbook I've ever seen, and I have several of them. Mayumi was Madonna's personal chef for several years and this is her first cookbook. Macrobiotic diets are quite often given to cancer patients and others with serious illness and it's mainly based around Japanese style of cooking grains, vegetables and beans, though nothing is really excluded. They do allow fish and other animal proteins in moderation if you really have to. This book in fact has a couple of fish recipes which stops it from being a vegan cookbook, but take those away and it's basically vegan. However, what she has done in addition to the usual Japanese influence over the food, is to macrobioticize (is that even a word?) some western type dishes as well. So there is a recipe in there for pizza, spring rolls, a really fantastic looking fruit flan, brownies, pasta etc. Lots of salad ideas, lots of soups, and best of all, lots of pictures! I hate cookbooks with no pictures. This one has loads. It also tells you how to make the basics, lots of sauces, the best way to smoke tofu, make tofu cheese etc and again pictures of practically everything mentioned. I'm really very impressed and excited about this book. (I don't know why but there are a few weird typos in the book too, like words or half a sentence missing, like someone's fingers slipped on the word processor, very odd but doesn't detract from the awesomeness of this book, although I would prefer an edited copy with no omissions and typos just to satisfy my OCD)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lottelello on 7 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book. I read it cover to cover as soon as it arrived and the kids were tucked up in bed.

Mayumi is expertly qualified to write this book and has created beautiful, achievable recipes. With her ten day menu she gives tips on planning meals ahead - something very important for any Macrobiotic home cook - and that is making extra to carry over to the next day.

In my bookshelf are The Macrobiotic Way, Modern Day Macrobiotics and the two books by Eric Lechasseur and Sanae Suzuki - and this is definitely my favourite of all of them. Mayumi has a very friendly and engaging writing style and likewise her recipes are appealing, simple, delicious and not at all difficult or overly complex.

If you think you want this book I would definitely recommend you buy it.
The photos are a treat as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By vincenza on 20 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have lots of macro cookbooks. I enjoy cooking based on macro principles.
Mayumi's recipes are fresh, clear and delicious.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Xana on 11 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
It has a great introduction about macrobiotics and it does explain the recipes and ingredients well. But for someone who's trying to introduce petit macro, she's using ingredients, that at least I won't find easily in my country. Lots of ideas that I can adapt and adjust though. I wouldn't buy it again, but you have the chance borrow it from a friend.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cinnamon Brown on 16 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover
would I say buy this book? no I would say borrow it first there are plenty of pictures and it seems all well and good until you have to really hunt for the ingredients and you would then need to work out when you will be preparing as you don't want to waste left over prep food. That said the food does taste good but it didn't really make me think 'wow that was good'. Go to your local library and try before you buy.
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