This is one of the gems in my cookbook library. It is not a typical cookery book as such, although it does contain some 200 recipes. Rather, it is a compendium of articles on 100 basic ingredients in Japanese cuisine all categorized under 14 different headings. Each item is nicely illustrated and accompanied by a useful, detailed explanatory text and each entry includes a couple of recipes using the ingredient in question. In addition, there is a good introductory chapter about Japanese culture and cuisine as well as many beautiful photographs detailing scenes from Japan. Ultimately, it is not a book for the casual cook but it is the sort of publication that all serious foodies will love to browse through.