I was intersted in Japanese cookery for a while but it was difficult to get good advice since moving out of London. Then when I saw a book by "Japan's answer to Delia Smith" I had to get the book. I was very impressed by this her first (in English) book, <Harumi's Japanese Cooking (Conran Octopus Cookery)
>. I got many use of the book.
Since then, she appeared on so many places. On my Japanese neighbour's bookshelf (in Japanese), on airline magazines - being a big success in USA, etc.
Here I have her new book, <Harumi's Japanese Home Cooking>. Not surprisingly for a book by same publisher, this book's look is more or less same as the first one - superve photos and same typeset.
It seems that she gained more confidence in her books in English speaking market. Her first book had many pseudo-Japanse dishes or 'fusion' style dishes alongside famous Japanese dishes as if she was nervous to present the whole real thing. This time, the book is full of more authentic type Japanese home cooking as the title suggests.
If you are interested Japanese culture and food, you won't be disappointed.
The chapters are:
Soup, Eggs & Tofu/ Rice & Noodles/ Meat & Poultry/ Fish & Seafood/ Vegetables/ Dessets & Drinks/ Bento/ Menu Planning
This book shows more of what Japanese people eat today, than what western people think what Japanese food is like. Highly recommended.
(less one star becasue, she likes her food sweeter than I do. I halved the amount of sugar every time.)