- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Conran; 01 edition (15 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1840915013
- ISBN-13: 978-1840915013
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.3 x 25.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 706,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Japanese Cooking Paperback – 15 May 2008
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Winner of Best Cookery Book at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2004 Hardback has sold more than 25,000 copies in UK alone More than 70 recipes for fish and seafood, meat, rice, tofu, sushi, noodles, soup, vegetables, desserts, drinks and bento (lunch boxes).
About the Author
Harumi Kurihara is the best-known cookery writer in Japan, with a public profile similar to that of Delia Smith in the UK. Her cooking and lifestyle books and magazines and media-friendly charisma have brought her phenomenonal success, based on a down-to-earth, unpretentious approach to stylish living and eating. She has made the traditional Japanese values of elegance and simplicity relevant and accessible to millions.Kurihara's powerful popular appeal has seen her sell more than 13 million cookery books and magazines - her glossy quarterly Suteki Recipe (Beautiful Recipes), which features her own recipes, home decoration ideas and lifestyle tips, is always a bestseller. Her Yutori no kukan (A space for comfortable living) chain of shops sells her own Harumi K. brand of simple and stylish household items like tableware, homewear and gardening tools; each has a cafe where customers can sample her recipes. Thirteen Harumi K. concessions have been opened in department stores all over Japan.
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Harumi Kurihara is very much like our own Delia; her food is basic to the Japanese person like a roast dinner is to us. But to us Japanese cooking is very new and exciting so we need an author that can give us the basics of Japanese cooking. She explains the various ingredients very well and there are some ingredients that are used throughout her dishes, these are namely mirin and dashi. I have had difficulty in finding mirin and the creation of dashi might be too difficult for basic cooks, but she sometimes give alternatives. She includes at the back of the book a list of Japanese food related shops in the UK which is helpful to a certain extent.
The book is beautifully laid out into sections which are as follows: - Appetisers, Soups and Noodles, Rice, Tofu, Seafood, Chicken and Egg, Beef and Pork, Sushi, Vegetables and Desserts. Plus you have a small section on how to use the book and a small glossary.
There are many mouth watering pictures in this book which makes it delightful to look through. With each recipe there is an accompanying picture so you have an idea of what it is supposed to look like. In my view it is always hard to try and make the food that is created look anything like the pictures in the book. But then again it is like this for most recipe books.
The Tofu section deserves a mention as she highlights seven dishes which are creative and awe inspiring for people like me who has hardly ever used Tofu.Read more ›
There's a lot of soya sauce, tofu and kombu soup base in the recipes so if you don't like those you'd better buy Jamie Olliver or something.
This is a modern Japanese cuisine, so if you want some old-Japan recipes which take hours to make with only wooden utensils stay clear away from Harumi. She's all about efficiency and sensibility, microwaves and rice cookers when possible.
She always offers western substitutes to Japanese ingredients difficult to find outside her home country so you don't have to travel far or spend a lot to enjoy her recipes.
I absolutely love it!
It now turns out that there are two editions (the first one in 2004 which is this one and the second in 2006) I find it very very naughty (and stupid!) of the editors to do a reedition that is sooo different without mentioning it!
There are literally hardly any recipes the same and of course the delicious recipe my neighbour made is not in this edition nor are some others that I had spotted!
The 2006 edition is also for sale on Amazon but the cheapest is over £70... so too much for me ;-((
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Recipes do not match the pictures, I am an experienced cook and the recipes are not easy as they sound for those who are new to cookingPublished 20 months ago by akoe
I've searched for good Japanese cookery books, and find Harumi's books my favourite. Her recipes are simple, delicious, and do not require a lot of ingredients that are hard to... Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2014 by Stargazer4589
Wish to add some Japanese ideas to my cooking as they have such a healthy and tasty diet. Thank you.Published on 13 Sept. 2013 by Mrs Margaret Atkinson
Loved this. Absolutely easy to follow recipes and great meals with little effort. Got introduced this by a Japanese friend and I have already bought her other books which are also... Read morePublished on 4 May 2012 by Nanyo
Lovely, well written book. Haven't used it yet to produce meals but I will do once I can be bothered to go specialist shopping.Published on 1 Mar. 2012 by Honest Guv