Simply Hot Pots Cookbook Review

Simply Hot Pots Cookbook Review

Title: Simply Hot Pots: A Complete Course in Japanese Nabemono and Other Asian One-Pot Meals
Author: Amy Kimoto-Kahn
Published: February 5, 2019, Race Point Publishing
No. of Pages: 176
Cover Price: $25.00 Hardcover, $14.75 Kindle

Japanese food has become very popular, and Amy Kimoto-Kahn’s cookbook, Simply Hot Pots: A Complete Course in Japanese Nabemono and Other Asian One-Pot Meals teaches an aspect of Japanese cooking that is less well-known, but authentic, just the same. Hot pots are fun, since the family or guests can cook their food at the table. They are also often lower in calories and fat that some other meals. Hot Pots are also delicious, and all kinds of meats, seafood, and vegetables can be used in them. The author, who is the creator of Easypeasyjapanesey, a popular blog, shares her recipes, family history, and stories in this excellent cookbook.

The recipes in this cookbook will appeal to almost everyone. Kimoto-Kahn has included not only Japanese hot pot recipes, but also delicious hot pots with other Asian influences such as Thai and Korean. She includes recipes for different broths which make the bases of the hot pots, as well as dipping sauces. The book is well-written and she explains each step in creating delicious hot pots. There are vignettes and explanations at the beginning of the recipes which make them more understandable.

Favorites that are appealing and delicious include sukiyaki recipes made with chicken, pork and beef, as well as Rib-Eye Beef Shabu-Shabu, Thai Chicken Coconut Curry Hot Pot, Seafood Tom Yum Hot Pot, and a Salmon Hot Pot. Also included are side dishes like crunchy, panko covered chicken chunks she calls Chicken Delicious, Korean Scallion Pancakes (Yum), and her Mom’s Pork Wontons. There are also several desserts, that are unique and appealing.

Anyone who likes to make meals fun and enjoys Japanese cooking will love this book. There are beautiful photographs of some of the dishes; the book would be a little nicer if every recipe were pictured, but that aspect is not a no-go item; the book is excellent. The book is also fun to sit back and read, when readers aren’t in the mood to cook.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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