COOKING & FOOD

Japanese Home Cooking: Simple Meals, Authentic Flavors

Roost. Nov. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9781611806168. $40. COOKING
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Recipe developer and cooking teacher Sakai offers insight into home cooking in this stunning book. While sushi and other familiar dishes appear, the focus is on simple fare. Simple is relative, however; Sakai advises readers that many Japanese dishes have multiple components, and as a result, she starts with a large section of pantry basics. From there, she progresses through larger dishes and finishes with a small array of desserts and beverages. The collection features an abundance of tempting recipes, such as adzuki bean paste ice pops, complemented by beautiful photographs. Sakai frames each recipe with personal recollections, and her writing is warmly instructional in tone.
VERDICT A delight to browse, and sure to appeal to those keen to explore Japanese cooking further. Highly recommended for any culinary collection.

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