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Japanese Home Cooking by Motomitsu Kanekata – A Review

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Japanese Home Cooking by Takeshi Morimoto is the ultimate resource for anyone looking for recipes from Japan. The internationally acclaimed chef has created an all new series of cookbooks that showcases his signature style of traditional cuisine. In this book, the master chef shares his secrets about the preparation of traditional Japanese dishes. In addition, he demonstrates how easy it can be to create delicious, nutritious meals for families on a budget. According to the book’s editors, this is the first cookbook to “show the reader how to get started making delicious Japanese meals while sticking to a basic theme of freshness, balance, and simplicity.”

Clear Pictures Of Recipes

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Morimoto’s easy-to-read text is accompanied by clear pictures of traditional Japanese foods and other recipes. The revered Iron Chef shows exactly how to create exciting, delicious, traditional Japanese dishes at home using a carefully chosen selection of recipes from six continents and over two thousand years of experience. The attention to cooking technique and ingredients is obvious throughout the text. For example, Morimoto emphasizes the importance of marinating fish and other ingredients to enhance the flavor. This emphasis on quality enhances the uniqueness of his recipes.

The recipes themselves run the gamut from straightforward to complex, from simple to delicious. One segment of the book focuses on how to make sushi as part of your daily Japanese cooking routine. Recipes include sushi rolls, sushi rice, and other deluxe forms of sushi preparation. Other recipes focus on vegetable dishes, including easy to prepare chilled vegetable soups, sauces, and even grilled vegetables. Some chopsticks recipes have a smoky flavor that will draw people to the kitchen to add more smokey flavor.

Traditional Food

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Another segment of the book highlights traditional appetizers and side dishes. In the case of the traditional Japanese teppanyaki style grill, which involves grilling food directly on the hot grill, the recipes help you get the most from the beef and vegetables while avoiding potentially dangerous flare-ups. Traditional side dishes like pickles and raw seafood also receive careful attention.

A final segment of Japanese home cooking focused on the many appetizer preparations and side dishes that can be cooked during a meal. These recipes are presented in an organized manner that makes it easy to prepare them quickly for a lunch or dinner. They focus on the freshest ingredients and offer a wide variety of flavors that will tantalize even the most discerning diner. The use of soy sauce, a key ingredient in sushi and sashimi, is highlighted. This condiment is often used for a bolder flavor in another traditional recipe.

Veg Cooking

The majority of the recipes in Nippon Cooking are geared toward vegetarian cooking. However, some dishes, such as meat slices with bamboo shoots, are featured that would not be considered vegan. While the recipes are not exactly an exact replica of the traditional meals of Japan, they do allow for some variation. Vegetarian dishes tend to have a higher level of spices added to give them a more distinct flavor. This allows a person to enjoy the many different tastes and textures offered by the Japanese cuisine.

Like most of the books written by Japanese home cooking specialist Motomitsu Kanekata, this book represents a significant improvement over previous versions. While the presentation of the recipes is still understandable and simple to follow, the additions to the format to make them far more exciting to cook. The photographs are spectacular and provide clear images of the preparation and cooking process. They also allow you to experiment with different approaches to a recipe without fear of creating a dish that will fall flat. The recipes are also accompanied by accurate notes that allow you to adjust ingredients and techniques based on the preparation of other ingredients.


This cookbook is very user friendly. Even a beginner cook can easily create a delicious meal using the recipes provided. They are very accessible and are far less complicated than traditional cookbooks. Even professional chefs acknowledge the beauty of Japanese home cooking and have referred to it as their favorite cooking style. For anyone who enjoys traditional Japanese cuisine, this is a must have cookbook.

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