I bought this on recommendation and am delighted with it. The 'homestyle' dishes may not reflect current trends in Japan, but these are dishes I've been served by my grandmother-in-law and in Japanese Inns. The book is certainly full of the 'homestyle' dishes I wanted to replicate. Everything is clear, the step by step instructions are accompanied by photos, the layout is unfussy and easy to follow yet somehow seems stuffed with useful additional tips and advice. All the tools and utensils you would find in a traditional Japanese kitchen are shown and explained so that you can make an informed decision about suitable substitutes. As long as you have access to Asian markets (I live in London so can get most of the ingredients) this is highly recommended as a simple, straightforward and friendly, encouraging guide to competency in a Japanese kitchen. I just wish I'd known about it years ago. I've not seen, nor can I imagine, anything better.
This is one the best recipe book that I've purchase. She covers most of the basics like how to prepare the ingredients and the tools to use. All these is brilliantly organized with lots of graphical illustrations that make things so much easier to follow. That's what I like - simple instructions with lots of pictures to show how. Thanks Madam Tokiko Suzuki.