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Encyclopedia of Japanese Cuisine [Hardcover]

Hideo


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April 15 2012
Japanese cuisine has developed over centuries as a result of many political and social changes. From traditional-style Japanese food to foods whose ingredients or cooking methods were introduced from abroad, Japanese cuisine is known for its emphasis on seasonality of food, quality of ingredients and presentation. Master sushi chef and classically trained in the art of Japanese cooking and presentation, Hideo shares his knowledge in this comprehensive guide to Japanese cuisine. This book contains information on how to prepare, store and use hundred of ingredients and the many different utensils, and contains a 16-page colour section of photos for easy reference. Hideo weaves historical information on such topics as the tea ceremony, ceramics and the cooking knife's ceremony alongside plenty of practical information to create authentic Japanese dishes at home.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Australia; 1 edition (April 15 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742570186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742570181
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 18.8 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #623,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hideo was born in Tokyo in 1944. His father owned several restaurants and he began training there, learning the principles of sushi and kappou-ryori food preparation, cooking and presentation that had been passed down through many generations of his family. In keeping with a classical training, he also learnt the philosophy of the tea ceremony cuisine (Chakaiseki), calligraphy, flower arranging and the cooking knife's ceremony at the Shijyoushinryuu School from Master Teacher Shishikura Soken.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid reference, original recipes, but not a practical format Jan. 19 2013
By FoodCrafters - Published on Amazon.com
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I love japanese food, and Hideo Dekura is certainly one of my favorite author on this topic. This book is an excellent survey of all Japanese food-related topics, such as a dozen pages on kitchen knives, pretty much all common ingredients or utensils, etc. It's also full with recipes (I'd say easily over 100), half of which are the "classics" you can find in other books on the topic (tempura, miso soup, ramen, sushi, etc.), and quite a lot are recipes unknown to me (by the author I assume and they look tasty, but maybe not what you'd expect in an general encyclopedia).

So it's half a cook-book, half a reference book on common ingredients. If you own already some good japanese cookbooks, half of this book will be redundant (I guess all aficionados know what wasabi or daikon is) and you'll end up with a recipe book you have to sort through (not many recipes have pictures of, so you really need a high threshold of motivation to cook some - which I didn't reach...).

In the end, this book will not be really useful for an amateur wanting an intro to japanese cuisine. If you're an academic looking to grab every information you can get on topic, this book will give you some to chew on. If you're a beginner or intermediate looking for some great recipes then rather get his other book (Contemporary Japanese Cuisine: Classic Recipes, Fresh Flavors), or if you're looking for a serious japanese cookbook, then get the real deal: Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art!

The other major problem I really had with this book is really the size/weight. Pages are pretty thick and heavy (almost 600!) like a book for kids which makes it pretty impractical (you really don't want to read this on your morning commute). The typography is not pretty, quite confusing and printed text is really big (size 14 points, double spaced lines, etc.). A more professional and informed page layout would have made the book much more inviting to be read, and especially two times lighter.

So nothing wrong with the content, really, but there's lots of basic material that you certainly already have if you possess already a few japanese cookbooks, which makes this book marginally useful, so you might end up using it less than you'd like unless your phd thesis on japanese cooking is due next month or looking for some original recipes you've never seen somewhere else (or you just compulsively need to buy every japanese cookbook ever printed - which is unfortunately my case...).
3.0 out of 5 stars Relatively Informative March 1 2013
By Brnn - Published on Amazon.com
This reference is very informative and it includes a fair number of traditional recipes. The format is quite poor however. It goes by alphabetical order instead of meal types, which I think would make it much easier to find recipes and digest the information. There are a lot of foreign components (for US readers). Some of them have descriptions but a lot of them don't and you have to either look it up elsewhere or scour the index for another reference that may or may not include an adequate description or definition.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great Feb. 28 2013
By Timothy Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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So much information on Japanese ingredients and recipes for a wide variety of Japanese cuisine. Regional and National. Especially like the amount of mushroom uses

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