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Everyday Japanese food
on 13 January 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!