Japanese Cooking Recipes Cookbook Review

Japanese Cooking Recipes Cookbook Review

Title: Japanese Cooking Recipes
Author: Fumiyo Kawakami
Published: June 1, 2018, Shinsei Publishing; Bilingual Edition
No. of Pages: 256
Cover Price: $39.95 Paperback

Preparing real Japanese food is fairly elusive in the US, but Fumiyo Kawakami, in her cookbook, Japanese Cooking Recipes explains and shows would be Japanese cooking aficionados just how to prepare Japanese dishes correctly. It’s a fun cookbook to read, and it will help anyone with some new kitchen skills.

One of the most impressive things about this cookbook is that there are fabulous helpful basics such as how to use a knife and how to chop vegetables in the Japanese way. These are illustrated perfectly so that everyone, whether beginning or experienced in the kitchen, can successfully use these skills in their kitchen. There are chapters on ingredients, Japanese cooking methods, and even how to hold chopsticks and the etiquette associated with them to name a few.

The recipes include appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, a few Chinese dishes, and even a primer on sushi with several different mouthwatering varieties. While the recipes are written a bit differently than most of us are used to, there are beautiful photographs of each step of the preparation, as well as written instructions. This is very helpful, and it’s nice to know that these are authentic Japanese dishes that you could actually order in a restaurant in Japan.

One thing to remember is that to successfully produce these recipes, a trip to a good Asian market to pick up the unfamiliar ingredients.

This is the real deal; everything is written in both Japanese and English, which adds to the charm, but all told, this cookbook is Awesome! Anyone who wants to cook Japanese will want to add this cookbook to their collection.

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

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