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Kono bakabakashi wa nanidesuka?
on 25 November 2014
So I bought this, thinking it would be a good resource to learn how to prepare and cook Japanese dishes. 200 recipes sounded quite appealing as well, I thought this was a good buy. How wrong I was. 90% of the recipes "require" pre-packaged products, food that has been ready made. Hang on a minute; isn't the point of learning to cook to... you know, learn to cook? Here's a corker of an example: Age mochi to yaki miso (Deep-fried rice cake with sweet miso canape). The first ingredient is... "4 ready-made, vacuum packed mochi." I literally facepalmed upon reading that. How am I supposed to learn to make Mochi, if I'm supposed to buy it ready made? There are many more recipes just like this in the book, telling you to buy ready made ingredients instead of making it yourself. Isn't one of the main attractions to Japanese cuisine the fact that it's freshly and skilfully made? What, pray tell, is so fresh and skilful about food that's been sealed in packaging for days, weeks, or even months? This book should be called "Japanese food for lazy people". It's basically a microwave meal book. Ever hear the saying "Give a man a fish and you'll feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you'll feed him for a lifetime?" This book basically just throws a trout at you and tells you to stick it in the microwave for five minutes. A complete waste of time and money. I would strongly advise people interested in buying this book to look elsewhere. You're better off looking up specific recipes online, if you know any that interest you that is. Even if you don't, Google would be a vastly more valuable resource than this travesty of a book.
Needless to say I'll be sending this back for a full refund. It isn't worth the paper it's printed on. Honestly, I'm amazed that there weren't takeaway leaflets inside. If I want pre-packaged Japanese food, I'll go to Asda an buy some ready made sushi. Granted, it tastes like crotch, but it'll be better value for money than this. It's not even fit to wipe my cornhole.