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With his multinational and ever expanding empire of thirteen restaurants, Nobu Matsuhisa has become one of the most talked-about international restaurateurs and arguably the world's greatest sushi chef. In his first, long awaited book, Nobu: The Cookbook, Matsuhisa reveals the secrets of his exciting, cutting-edge Japanese cuisine.

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With his multinational and ever expanding empire of thirteen restaurants, Nobu Matsuhisa has become one of the most talked-about international restaurateurs and arguably the world's greatest sushi chef. In his first, long awaited book, Nobu: The Cookbook, Matsuhisa reveals the secrets of his exciting, cutting-edge Japanese cuisine.

Nobu's culinary creations are based on the practice of simplicity the art of using simple techniques to bring out the flavors in the best ingredients the world's oceans have to offer and on his unique combinations of Japanese cuisine and imaginative Western, particularly South American, cooking.

While simplicity may be the rule in his cooking, exotic ingredients are the key to his signature style: in Matsuhisa Shrimp he combines shiitake mushrooms, shiso leaves, and caviar; Octopus Tiradito is made with yuzu juice and rocoto chili paste; he even gives away the secrets to making his world-famous Seafood Ceviche, Nobu Style.

In all, fifty original recipes for fish and seafood are included with step-by-step instructions and lavish color photographs. It features all Nobu's signature dishes along with salads, vegetable dishes, and dessert recipes, while a special chapter about pairing drinks with the meals rounds out the selections. A chapter dedicated to sushi instructs readers how to make Nobu's own original Soft Shell Crab Roll, Salmon Skin Roll and House Special Roll.

Throughout the book the author shares stories of his rich and varied life: his childhood memories of rural Japan; the beginning of his career; his meteoric rise to the top, as one of the most renowned chefs of his generation.

Featuring a preface by Robert De Niro, a foreword by Martha Stewart and an afterward by Japanese actor Ken Takakura, Nobu: The Cookbook is sure to be the season's hottest cookbook and a sure-fire classic for Japanese cooks and foodies alike.

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Arguably one of the world's best cooks, Nobu Matsuhisa has elevated Japanese cuisine to a new level. In any of his 13 restaurants around the world, his sushi look like perfect little mosaics, the quality of the fish is impeccably fresh, and influences from North and South America (coriander, jalapeño) invigorate the classics.

No wonder his restaurants attract devoted celebrities like Andre Agassi, Robin Williams, Giorgio Armani, Bill Clinton, and Nobu's business partner Robert De Niro. Writes Madonna in one of the celebrity blurbs on the book jacket: "You can tell how much fun a city is going to be if Nobu has a restaurant in it."

This glossy cookbook, with introductory remarks by Martha Stewart and De Niro, delivers more than 50 Nobu recipes using fish, including trademark dishes like Black Cod and New Style Sashimi. There are thoughtful notes on preparing abalone, octopus, and squid and a whole chapter devoted to sushi. There are also little essays that tell the story of how Nobu started and who inspired him along the way.

Fans of the Nobu restaurants will be wowed by the photographs by Fumihiko Watanabe and the overall presentation of the dishes; adventurous seafood cooks will be similarly impressed. Home cooks should note that although the measurements are both in metric and American units, the cup measurements are based on the Japanese cup. (Happily, not too many recipes require cup measurements.) (Ginger Curwen)

From the Publisher

"The photos of your food are terrific. But most important, I think, is the story of how you started and who inspired you along the way. It gives insight into who Nobu Matsuhisa is as well as the journey to get where you are today." -Robert De Niro, from the Preface

"I have been at Nobu's restaurants for many years, and the food, the presentations, and the ambience have always surpassed my expectations. Thank you Nobu!" -Martha Stewart

"This cookbook is the very best thing next to having Nobu standing next to you in the kitchen telling you what to do." -Daniel Boulud, Cafe Boulud

You can tell how much fun a city is going to be if Nobu has a restaurant in it." -Madonna

"Truly one of the greatest Japanese chefs. It is great food from a great man." -Emeril Lagasse

"Nobu brilliantly combines flavors and textures of magical ingredients to stimulate the senses. His food is deceptively simple and it is this very subtlety which makes it so special." -Giorgio Armani

"Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's philosophy of perfection and beauty is reflected by the exquisiteness of his cuisine. His dishes are not just nourishment for the body - they are a delight to the senses, and a soothing balm to the spirit." -Thomas Keller, The French Laundry

"Beautiful, educational and inspiring." -Ann Prichard, USA Today

Publishers Weekly
Nobuyuki Matsuhisa began his career modestly swabbing floors and carrying fresh fish at Tokyo's venerable Matsuei, where he learned the sushi-making secrets that underpin "Nobu" food. Next he worked in Peru and Argentina, adding Latin-American influences to his repertoire. When he opened his flagship Matsuhisa in Beverly Hills in 1987, it was the first step in the making of an international superstar of Japanese-inspired cooking. The interplay of celebrity with fine dining is important to Matsuhisa. Illustrated by stunning photographs byFumihiko Watanabe, the exciting ideas presented here are challenging and full of expansive knowledge. The compositions range from the relatively simple Oysters with Nobu's Three Salsas to the complex Scallop Filo with Truffle Yuzu Sauce or the signature Latin-style Octopus Tiradito. Many of the dishes present traditional ingredients in fresh interpretations: Chilean Sea Bass with Black Bean (Chinese-style) Sauce, Monkfish P t with Mustard Su-miso Sauce, the Sea Urchin Roe Meringue topped with Frothing Blue Crab, or the Black Cod with Miso (business partner Robert De Niro's favorite). Many of the traditional Japanese and fresh seafood ingredients will be difficult to find. But since more North Americans are being turned on to sushi as a new way to enjoy fresh fish, this is the perfect time to introduce Matsuhisa to a wider audience. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Matsuhisa usually called Nobu is an immensely talented chef who now has 13 restaurants around the world, from the original Matsuhisa (his favorite) in Los Angeles and the always packed Nobu in New York City, to Ubon by Nobu in London and Nobu Tokyo. His food draws on his Japanese heritage and training as a sushi chef and the years he spent as a chef in South America, as well as his tenure in the United States with cross-cultural dishes such as Toro with Jalape o, Freshwater Eel and Foie Gras, and Scallop Filo with Truffle Yuzu Sauce. His attractive cookbook features stunning color photographs of every recipe, as well as black-and-white technique and "location" shots. Many of the recipes are not especially complicated, but they depend on pristinely fresh, high-quality and sometimes difficult-to-find ingredients. It's also unfortunate that, as a note in the introduction points out, the cup measures used in the recipes are for Japanese, not American, cups. Nevertheless, this is an essential addition to any collection of chefs' cookbooks. [Good Cook selection.] Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568364896
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 268,159
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

NOBUYUKI MATSUHISA was born in Saitama, Japan, and trained as a sushi chef in Tokyo. After running restaurants in Peru, Argentina and Alaska, Nobu opened his first restaurant, Matsuhisa, in Beverly Hills in 1987. Six years later, Robert De Niro persuaded Nobu to open NOBU in New York. There are now thirteen Nobu restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, Malibu, Aspen, Las Vegas, London, Milan and Tokyo.

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Table of Contents

Abalone somen
Abalone with wasabi pepper sauce
Steamed abalone with mustard su-miso sauce and junsai
Abalone shabu-shabu with egg sauce and caviar
Scallop filo with truffle yuzu sauce
Grilled scallops with tabbouleh salsa
Scallops with Creamy Spicy Sauce
Oysters with Nobu's Three Salsas
Sea Urchin Tempura
Spinach-wrapped sea urchin with egg sauce

Shrimp, Lobster and Crab
Matsuhisa Shrimp
Scampi with spicy lemon garlic sauce
Kuruma shrimp tempura with creamy spicy sauce
Spicy Sour Botan Shrimp
Kuruma shrimp filo with cilantro sauce
Spiny lobster soup
Spicy sea-urchin-grilled king crab
Snow crab roll with caviar
Frothing blue crab

Octopus and Squid
Spicy Octopus Salad
Baby Octopus with Truffles and Yuzu Juice
Live Octopus Tiradito, Nobu Style
Live Octopus Shabu-shabu with Spicy Ume Sauce
Grilled Octopus with Miso Anticucho Sauce
Squid pasta with light garlic sauce
Baby squid tempura with squid ink sauce
Aori squid with maui onion salsa
Black rice-stuffed squid
Squid ink soba
Fairy squid with kinome su-miso sauce

Fish, Fish, Fish
Monkfish pat with caviar and mustard su-miso sauce
Cilantro soup with monkfish
Baked monkfish medley with tosa-zu
Chilean sea bass with Nobu's black bean sauce
Chilean sea bass with spicy moromi miso
Chilean sea bass and truffles with yuzu soy butter sauce
Herb-grilled chilean sea bass with fried soy bean curd
Seafood ceviche, NOBU style
New style sashimi
White fish tiradito, Nobu-style
Sole with spicy black bean sauce
Black cod with miso
Toro toban yaki
Toro with jalapeno
Toro tartar with caviar
Toro steak with wakame mustard su-miso sauce
Freshwater eel and foie gras
Sea eel roll

Salads, Vegetables and Soba
Sashimi salad with matsuhisa dressing
Salmon skin salad with jalapeno dressing
Lobster salad with spicy lemon dressing
Mushroom salad with yuzu dressing
Watercress and black sesame salad with watercress dressing
Eggplant special
Asparagus and salmon roe with egg sauce
Tomato ceviche, Nobu style
Semi-dried tomatoes
Soba risotto with blowfish
Soba-soba-soba risotto

Soft shell crab roll
House special roll
Salmon skin roll
Sea eel dragon roll and sushi

Nobu Sauces & Basics

Sake and Other Drinks
Matsuhisa Martini
Nobu-style egg nog
Fruit sake white peach

Dinner Plans with Desserts

Bento Box
Trio of Creme Brulee
Green Tea Parfait
Fruit Toban yaki

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Serves 4

White fish sashimi is drizzled with soy sauce and yuzu juice, then a hot oil mixture is poured over it to create a new style of sashimi. Try it with shellfish, beef, or tofu.

18 ounces (500g) red snapper filet
1 teaspoon finely grated garlic
Ginger spears from 1 knob of ginger
Menegi or chives
2 teaspoons white sesame seeds, toasted

Yuzu soy sauce:
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon yuzu juice and 3 tablespoons, plus 1 teaspoon soy sauce combined

New Style Oil:
6 tablespoons pure olive oil and 2 teaspoons sesame oil, combined


  1. Cut the fish into paper-thin slices using the usu-zukuri cutting technique.
  2. Arrange the fish slices on a serving plate. On each slice dab a little grated garlic and place ginger spears and a few menegi or chives. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the fish. Drizzle the yuzu soy sauce over the top and garnish with the carrot curl.
  3. Just prior to serving, heat the New Style Oil in a small frying pan until just before it begins to smoke. Pour it over the fish slices and serve.
Recommended for hesitant sashimi novices:
"One day, a Matsuhisa regular refused some white fish sashimi because she couldn't eat raw fish. I wanted to somehow salvage the dish that I'd spent time slicing and arranging. A pan of heated olive oil in the kitchen inspired me. I drizzled the fish with ponzu and spooned over hot oil to cook it partially. I begged my customer to give it another try. She ended up eating every scrap of my first serving of New Style Sashimi."

Serves 4

Try this juicy fish together with crisp-fried yuba for their contrasting textures.

Vegetable oil for deep-frying
4 large (10-inch- [24-cm-] square) sheets dried yuba
Finely chopped parsley leaves (enough to completely cover the fish)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Shichimi togarashi to taste
4 Chilean sea bass fillets, 6-1/2 ounces (180g) each
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup (100ml) soy sauce
1/2 cup (100ml) lemon juice
Red smartweed for garnish, optional


  1. Bring 1 inch (2.5cm) of oil in a deep, 12-inch (30-cm) frying pan to 355° F (180° C). Fry the yuba sheets, one at a time, until crisp. Fry with care, as they burn easily. Drain and place the fried yuba on individual plates.
  2. Combine the parsley with the olive oil. Add shichimi togarashi to taste. Set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 475° F (250° C, gas 9). Sprinkle the fillets with a little sea salt and black pepper and bake for 8 to 9 minutes. (The fish will be about 80% cooked through.) Top with the parsley and oil mixture and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more, without charring the parsley.
  4. Arrange the fish on the yuba and drizzle the soy sauce and lemon juice over all. Sprinkle with the red smartweed.
I use parsley in this dish, but you can try cilantro (coriander) or other herbs of your own choosing.

"Yuba is the thin film that forms on the surface of soy milk when heated. Outside Japan, it is usually only available in its dried form. Apart from this dish, my restaurants serve yuba wrapped around shrimp and deep-fried."

Serves 4

Plump scallops, sprinkled with salt and pepper, are lightly grilled and served with a salsa rich in parsley and diced vegetables.

8 scallops in the shell
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 cups (800 ml) Tabbouleh Salsa
Cucumber flowers for garnish, optional


  1. Extract the scallops from their shells. Remove the beard and the innards and discard. Rinse the scallops in cold water and drain.
  2. Preheat a grill or broiler to high. Season both sides of the scallops with a little sea salt and black pepper. Grill the scallops on a wire rack until the surfaces are just brown.
  3. Place the Tabbouleh Salsa on a serving plate and arrange the scallops. Garnish with a cucumber flower.
"I like to put so much parsley in the salsa that it looks almost completely green. This salsa should be made just before eating, otherwise the liquid content of the vegetables will turn the dish watery."

Tabbouleh Salsa:
5-1/4 ounces (150g) cucumber
5-1/4 ounces (150g) tomato
5-1/4 ounces (150g) red onion
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon aji panca paste
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon yuzu juice
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup finely chopped parsley leaves

  1. Dice the cucumber, tomato and red onion into 1/4-inch (5-mm) cubes.
  2. Combine the vegetable mixture with all the other ingredients in a small bowl

Copyright © 2001 by Nobu Matsuhisa.

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    My Son-in-law loved the book

    I don't know much about this kind of cooking. The book was a gift, and my son-in-law was ecstatic, and he is an excellent cook, so that should be an indication.

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