Harumi's Japanese Cooking: More than 75 Authentic and Contemporary Recipes from Japan's Most Popular Cooking Expert

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Cooking expert and lifestyle guru Harumi Kurihara has won over the hearts of Japanese home cooks with her simple, delicious recipes. After selling millions of copies of her cookbooks, magazines, and housewares in her home country, this charismatic former housewife now shares her award-winning kitchen secrets with Americans for the first time.

These elegant, effortless recipes reflect Harumi's down-to-earth approach to Japanese cooking. Simply written and featuring everyday ...

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Overview

Cooking expert and lifestyle guru Harumi Kurihara has won over the hearts of Japanese home cooks with her simple, delicious recipes. After selling millions of copies of her cookbooks, magazines, and housewares in her home country, this charismatic former housewife now shares her award-winning kitchen secrets with Americans for the first time.

These elegant, effortless recipes reflect Harumi's down-to-earth approach to Japanese cooking. Simply written and featuring everyday ingredients, recipes include Pan-Fried Noodles with Pork and Bok Choy, Warm Eggplant Salad, Japanese Pepper Steak, Seafood Miso Soup, and Harumi's popular Carrot and Tuna Salad, along with a chapter on simple ways to make delectable sushi at home.

Demystifying Japanese cooking and celebrating freshness, seasonality, and simplicity, this delightful book introduces Americans to one of the food world's brightest stars, and invites us to cook with her, one gracious dish at a time.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The publisher calls Kurihara "Japan's Martha Stewart" because of her numerous bestselling cookbooks, her lifestyle magazine and line of kitchenware, but judging by the overall simplicity of these recipes-and that Kurihara is "not interested in decorating [her] food for the sake of it"-that comparison is questionable. The recipes in this volume are divided into basic categories: appetizers, soups and noodles, rice, tofu, seafood, chicken and egg, beef and pork, sushi, vegetables, and desserts and drinks. They range from extremely accessible, such as Beef on Rice and Chicken with Red and Green Peppers, to more intimidating, such as Shrimp and Squid Tempura. But even the more involved entries are doable thanks to Kurihara's encouraging and straightforward (if not always elegant, thanks to an occasionally awkward translation) prose. She covers traditional Japanese favorites like Okonomiyaki Hiroshima fu (Japanese-Style Savory Pancake) and more contemporary takes with international influences, like Tofu with Basil and Gorgonzola Dressing, which she describes as "a rather Italian way to serve up tofu." Throughout, the emphasis on eating mindfully, varying ingredients and keeping portions small (especially for dessert) means that this is a healthful cookbook that doesn't try too hard to be one. Photos. (Apr. 4) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Kurihari is wildly popular in Japan, where she has a cooking magazine, a line of housewares, and several best-selling cookbooks in print. She has sometimes been called Japan's Martha Stewart, but, as evidenced by her first book to be published here, she has a more down-to-earth, straightforward style. True, she does have a large collection of serving dishes and plates, but that is in large part a reflection of the Japanese aesthetic sense--the emphasis on "variety, seasonality, and presentation" that, Harumi believes, is what makes the cuisine unique. She presents both classic Japanese dishes and more contemporary recipes, often influenced by other cuisines, from Japanese Pepper Steak with Ginger Mashed Potatoes to Tofu with Basil and Gorgonzola Dressing. She also includes a mini-tutorial on sushi, illustrated with step-by-step photographs, and there are color photographs, many full-page, of all the recipes. An unintimidating, informed, and quite engaging introduction to a cuisine few Americans cook at home, this this book is recommended for most collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557884862
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/4/2006
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 604,335
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Harumi Kurihara is Japan's most popular cooking and lifestyle personality. She has sold more than seven million copies of her cookbooks, as well as more than five million copies of her cooking magazine. A nationwide sensation in her home country, she also appears on Japanese television and runs housewares shops and restaurants. This is her first book to be published in the U.S.

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    Great buy! The recipes are very tasty and require few ingredient

    Great buy! The recipes are very tasty and require few ingredients. Most of the recipes are simple, yet look rather elegant. Every recipe also has a picture of the dish so you know what it should look like, which I found very helpful. Overall, this is a good book for those who like to cook Japanese food, but want to make something slightly more elegant without having to use 20 different ingredients.

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