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Mayumi's Kitchen: Macrobiotic Cooking for Body and Soul
     

Mayumi's Kitchen: Macrobiotic Cooking for Body and Soul

by Mayumi Nishimura, Madonna
 

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Macrobiotics—the healthy, nature-friendly way of life based on a diet of whole grains, vegetables, and beans—is now a global phenomenon. In recent years a number of Hollywood stars have taken up the macrobiotic diet because of its many benefits, which include higher energy levels, beautiful skin, a tranquil mind, and a greater sense of connection with the

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Macrobiotics—the healthy, nature-friendly way of life based on a diet of whole grains, vegetables, and beans—is now a global phenomenon. In recent years a number of Hollywood stars have taken up the macrobiotic diet because of its many benefits, which include higher energy levels, beautiful skin, a tranquil mind, and a greater sense of connection with the universe. In Mayumi's Kitchen, the woman who worked for seven years as Madonna's private macrobiotic chef shares with the world her dazzling recipes.
Mayumi Nishimura's unique style of cooking is healthful, intuitive, and easy to stick with. She draws her inspiration not only from Japanese food, which she grew up eating, but also from Chinese, French, Italian, and any number of other world cuisines, as well as from macrobiotic traditions. She believes that enjoyment, above all, is the key to sustainable healthy eating, and that means adapting her cooking to cosmopolitan tastes. The reader will thus discover in her book a number of familiar-looking dishes prepared with macrobiotic as well as more conventional ingredients, in both Western and non-Western styles.
The centerpiece of Mayumi's Kitchen is her ten-day detox diet. Here readers can enjoy a macrobiotic menu that will transform them from the inside out. Following this are meal-planning tips and recipes for more than fifty dishes, including such favorites as Salmon Soup, Avocado Rolls, Vegetable Lasagna, and Seitan Pot Stickers. There is even a party-food section with recipes for spring rolls, tempura, pizza, and more.
In all, Mayumi introduces more than 130 mouthwatering recipes, all lavishly illustrated with color photographs. Many are explained in terms of their nutritional value or energy quality, and unfamiliar techniques are made clear with step-by-step pictures. For beginners and lifelong macrobiotic practitioners alike, these dishes will wow and delight.

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"Not only are you the best chef in the world...your amazing food helped me to be a happier, healthier person, balanced in body and mind."
—Madonna (from the Preface)

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"Mayumi makes beautiful, energizing food, which I have been lucky enough to enjoy many times over the years. I am thrilled that now everyone can have a chance to experience the effects of her meals, which are as healing and healthy as one can get!"
—Gwyneth Paltrow

"When people think of macrobiotics, they think of healing and recovery, but they rarely think of gorgeous, yummy food. Mayumi's Kitchen changes all that."
—Christina Pirello, Emmy Award-winning host of Christina Cooks on national public television and best-selling cookbook author

"Mayumi has long been one of my favorite chefs in the world-her cooking is infused with love, joy, and the spirit of a true artist. So it's no surprise to me that this wonderful book is as inviting as her food-gorgeous, friendly, and welcoming."
—Jessica Porter, author, The Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics

"In this book and its recipes, Mayumi captures the beauty and spirit of macrobiotics and natural foods cuisine. She has inspired many toward a healthful lifestyle, and will continue to do so with this wonderful book."
—Dr. Lawrence Haruo Kushi, nutritional epidemiologist

"With years of innovative experience, Mayumi Nishimura brings food to life with a balanced sense of taste, color, and good nutrition. The recipes and artistic photography in Mayumi's Kitchen are sure to make your mouth water and your lips quiver! This is whole food kitchen inspiration at its best."
—Verne Varona, author, Macrobiotics for Dummies

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The concept of following a macrobiotic diet might sound daunting, but Nishimura — who worked as Madonna's private chef for seven years (and had her former boss write a foreword for this book) — breaks it down into simple, can-do steps and recipes." —Publishers Weekly

"Want to eat like Madonna? Pick up a copy of 'Mayumi's Kitchen.'" —The Boston Herald

"ELthe book brims with easy, Japanese-style recipes that follow the principles of macrobiotics, a way of eating intended to boost energy, clear the skin and mind, and foster a deep connection with the Earth." —VIV Magazine

"Madonna's longtime macrobiotic chef puts a cosmopolitan spin on healthy eating in her newest cookbook." —The Maui News

Publishers Weekly
The concept of following a macrobiotic diet might sound daunting, but Nishimura—who worked as Madonna's private chef for seven years (and had her former boss write a foreword for this book)—breaks it down into simple, can-do steps and recipes. She suggests kicking things off with a 10-day detox diet, which includes such macrobiotic staples as soft-cooked brown rice, miso soup with shiitake mushrooms and herbs, and udon salad. She demystifies exotic ingredients like mochi and hijiki, and saves work for followers of the detox plan by precisely explaining how to use leftovers. After the detox diet, there are straightforward meal-planning tips and dozens more recipes, including wild arugula and artichoke heart salad; creamy potato and leek soup; sea bass with green lentils; pan-fried fish cakes with tofu tartar sauce; and almond jewel cookies. And Nishimura's menus for specific goals—beautiful skin, weight loss, and muscle building—guide readers to the foods that work best for their needs. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568364810
Publisher:
Kodansha USA Publishing
Publication date:
11/30/2012
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
346,549
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Mayumi Nishimura was born on the small island of Shinojima in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. In 1982 she moved to the U.S. and began studying macrobiotics under Michio Kushi—the leading authority in the field—at the Kushi Institute. Later she worked at the school as head cooking instructor. In 2001 Mayumi became Madonna's private macrobiotic chef, joining her on her Drowned World Tour. Between 2001 and 2008, she cooked for the superstar full-time. Currently Mayumi travels between Japan, where she writes and lectures on macrobiotics, and the U.S. She has published four books in Japanese. Mayumi's Kitchen, newly written, is her first book in English.

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