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YO Sushi: The Japanese Cookbook [Kindle Edition]

Kimiko Barber
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It's surprising to realise just how thoroughly sushi -- the Japanese art of fish-based cuisine -- has colonised the more sophisticated areas of Great Britain (and some not so sophisticated). What was once considered exotic fare is now something that many of us are addicted to. And the reasons aren’t difficult to understand -- apart from the absolutely delicious nature of the food itself, it's the undisputed healthy aspects of sushi that allows us to enjoy the food without feeling in the slightest guilty. A great part of the revolution in food bought about by sushi in this country is undoubtedly due to the remarkable success of the YO! Sushi chain of restaurants, and YO! Sushi: The Japanese Cookbook by Kimiko Barber is both the bible of this new/old cuisine, as well as an inspirational primer for those wishing to try their hand at preparing sushi themselves.

Sushi is, of course, not the most straightforward of food to prepare at home (in contrast to the speedy nature with which we are served it in YO! Sushi restaurants), but Barber, in straightforward, well-illustrated instructions gives us the most comprehensible of directions. From slicing fish for sashimi and sushi to making hand rolls (the latter, of course, being one of the key ingredients in sushi cuisine), up to preparing such exotic dishes as Okononiyaki (a savoury Japanese pancake) and the delicious fried dumplings filled with minced vegetables called Gyoza: it's all here, laid out in the most straightforward fashion. There are, of course, those tempting deserts which slide by us on the conveyor belts that are so intrinsic a part of the YO! Sushi restaurants, and there will be quite a few people -- inspired by visits to the restaurants -- who will be checking to see if this still exotic cuisine is within their own culinary range. --Barry Forshaw

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It's surprising to realise just how thoroughly sushi -- the Japanese art of fish-based cuisine -- has colonised the more sophisticated areas of Great Britain (and some not so sophisticated). What was once considered exotic fare is now something that many of us are addicted to. And the reasons aren’t difficult to understand -- apart from the absolutely delicious nature of the food itself, it's the undisputed healthy aspects of sushi that allows us to enjoy the food without feeling in the slightest guilty. A great part of the revolution in food bought about by sushi in this country is undoubtedly due to the remarkable success of the YO! Sushi chain of restaurants, and YO! Sushi: The Japanese Cookbook by Kimiko Barber is both the bible of this new/old cuisine, as well as an inspirational primer for those wishing to try their hand at preparing sushi themselves.

Sushi is, of course, not the most straightforward of food to prepare at home (in contrast to the speedy nature with which we are served it in YO! Sushi restaurants), but Barber, in straightforward, well-illustrated instructions gives us the most comprehensible of directions. From slicing fish for sashimi and sushi to making hand rolls (the latter, of course, being one of the key ingredients in sushi cuisine), up to preparing such exotic dishes as Okononiyaki (a savoury Japanese pancake) and the delicious fried dumplings filled with minced vegetables called Gyoza: it's all here, laid out in the most straightforward fashion. There are, of course, those tempting deserts which slide by us on the conveyor belts that are so intrinsic a part of the YO! Sushi restaurants, and there will be quite a few people -- inspired by visits to the restaurants -- who will be checking to see if this still exotic cuisine is within their own culinary range. --Barry Forshaw


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2535 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (25 Feb 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GUBIK2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,144 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kimiko Barber is a Japanese cook and demonstrator, who teaches regularly at cookery schools around the UK and writes for the Financial Times. She is also the author of seven books; 'The Chopsticks Diet', 'Sushi', 'Taste and Technique', 'Easy Noodles', 'The Japanese Kitchen' (winner of the IACP Best Designed Book of the Year award), 'YO! Sushi Cookbook' and 'Japanese Pure and Simple' (shortlisted for the World Food Media and Guild of Food Writers' healthy eating awards).


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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just sushi! 20 Sep 2007
Format:Paperback
What a great book! I've been looking for a basic Japanese cookbook and this really delivers. It teaches not only the fundamentals of sushi making (and no, it's not all raw fish), but also gives great recipes for cooked dishes, rice and noodle dishes. It really is food you could serve to anyone. If you want to challenge yourself to proper sushi making, the step by step instructions are a godsend. The book itself is beautiful and colourful and I found it really encouraging and fun. I love the restaurants, and this book doesn't disappoint.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Buy! 2 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
Bought this book for my eldest son who has recntly left home and is therefore new to cooking. He thinks this book is great, easy recipes and easy to get (most) ingredients. Good recommendation as he has visited Japan and is not easily impressed!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great layout, yummy food 4 July 2009
Format:Paperback
I really like this book. The layout is great and easy to follow, the recipes are lovely, and I think it's great that there are sections for beginners, intermediates, and advanced cooks :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YO SUSHI 8 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
This was purchased as a gift for my "can't cook,won't cook" daughter. She says it is "brilliant" and she has now got the cookery bug. Her family agree that she is cooking fantastic dishes. A wonderful buy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yo sushi cookbook review 13 May 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
good book, teaches you what sushi really is and that it's NOT all raw fish, there might be more technical books out there, but thats not why you'd buy this, this is a "how to" book, not a "why to" book, easy to follow, with where to buy ideas too! great book, (and half the price on amazon!)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yo Sushi 3 Jan 2009
By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
'Yo Sushi' is a wonderful book showing the techniques and method of Japanese cooking. It is clear to cook from and the direction and explanations are excellent. There is a brief introduction to Sushi and Japanese cooking and the terms used etc and then it's on to the recipes, which covers some from the restaurants and a few additional ones for this book. This book gradually increases in difficulty as you progress through the recipes and by the end you should be a fairly competent home sushi cook. This is beautifully illustrated with mouth watering photography and the overall design and format is very pleasing on the eye. If you like Sushi and always fancied giving it a try then this is the place to start and before long you'll be creating your own mini masterpieces to delight in and enjoy.

Feel free to check out my blog which can be found on my profile page.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun and Beautifully Presented 31 Dec 2010
By Graham Mccarthy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Yo Sushi Cookbook is 192 pages of very clearly laid out recipes that are beautifully photographed and presented. The book is split into 5 sections; `The Basics' covers the basic ingredients and techniques such as how to cook rice, choose fish and make hand rolls. Sauces, Dressings and Marinades consist of easy to follow instructions on how to make all manner of sauces. The next three sections are around 50 pages each and are for Easy (Novice), Intermediate (Apprentice) and Advances (Samurai) dishes.

The Yo Sushi Cookbook is printed on very high quality paper, is brightly coloured and quite simply a pleasure just to open, it would make a great gift. The ingredients are all easily come by; I picked them all up at my local supermarket. Of course it is a popular misconception that Sushi is essentially raw fish, this not the case (that would be Sashimi), this book contains fish, chicken and steak dishes in roughly equal numbers. There are even several vegetarian dishes.

I have to admit to a slight bias here, I love Japan, the Japanese people, their culture and of course their cooking. This is an excellent book and is great fun to experiment with. The dishes are a somewhat westernised version of Japanese food (There are no squid dishes in it and Japanese do eat a lot of squid), but that's probably all to the good. I really can highly recommend it. Why not impress your friends by having a Japanese themed evening? Douzo omeshiagari kudasai.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUSHI MADE EASY 31 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Excellent book. Should have been called SUSHI MADE EASY.
Simple to follow instructions and as good as or better than going to the Yo Sushi counter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Yo Sushi recipe book
Great book for a beginner if they ever get started!
Published 14 days ago by Gabrielle Stokes
5.0 out of 5 stars first class read
Clear consise text good illustration s good ene results! Well priced on kindle reccomend too friends and family for healthy eating
Published 4 months ago by karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing… I LOVE Yo Sushi, and this book helps you to create your...
Awesome Book - would recommend to Yo Sushi fans
Well worth the money
Easy to follow recipes
One of my favourite cook books!!
Published 6 months ago by Terry Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have for japanese cookery
I use this a lot, all the dishes look delicous and quite healthy. I love japanese cuisine and sushi is a lot of fun to make
Published 9 months ago by Heather Streatfield
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best
One of 3 sushi books I own. This gives a good overview of how to best prepare sushi, however seems very aimed at beginners.
Published 10 months ago by Janice Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars My son loves this book
This was a Christmas present for my son. He loves it and has used it many times. I would recommend it to anyone.
Published 11 months ago by Mary-Lee Mallinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Appealing recipes, clear instructions
This book demystifies complicated looking dishes making them achievable for people to make at home. The instructions are clear, with good photos to help you make beautiful sushi -... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
So pleased with this book, I would say though that the amount of packaging for one book was unnecessary. other than that I love it!
Published 12 months ago by Molly Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant recipies
Great book, love the recipies, but hard to find some of the ingredients but once you know where to look your on a roll, so much fun.
Published 14 months ago by Joanne Noble
2.0 out of 5 stars ok but
its ok but only some of recipes have pictures of what they are so i have to go on internet to find out what they are so i might as well just used the internet in the first place... Read more
Published 16 months ago by londonguy
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