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Japanese Women Don't Get Old or Fat: Secrets of My Mother's Tokyo Kitchen [Paperback]

Naomi Moriyama
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Dec 26 2006
What if there were a land where people lived longer than anywhere else on earth, the obesity rate was the lowest in the developed world, and women in their forties still looked like they were in their twenties? Wouldn't you want to know their extraordinary secret?

Japanese-born Naomi Moriyama reveals the secret to her own high-energy, successful lifestyle–and the key to the enduring health and beauty of Japanese women–in this exciting new book. The Japanese have the pleasure of eating one of the most delicious, nutritious, and naturally satisfying cuisines in the world without denial, without guilt…and, yes, without getting fat or looking old.

As a young girl living in Tokyo, Naomi Moriyama grew up in the food utopia of the world, where fresh, simple, wholesome fare is prized as one of the greatest joys of life. She also spent much time basking in that other great center of Japanese food culture: her mother Chizuko's Tokyo kitchen. Now she brings the traditional secrets of her mother's kitchen to you in a book that embodies the perfect marriage of nature and culinary wisdom–Japanese home-style cooking.

If you think you've eaten Japanese food, you haven't tasted anything yet. Japanese home-style cooking isn't just about sushi and raw fish but good, old-fashioned everyday-Japanese-mom's cooking that's stood the test of time–and waistlines–for decades. Reflected in this unique way of cooking are the age-old traditional values of family and the abiding Japanese love of simplicity, nature, and good health. It's the kind of food that millions of Japanese women like Naomi eat every day to stay healthy, slim, and youthful while pursuing an energetic, successful, on-the-go lifestyle. Even better, it's fast, it's easy, and you can start with something as simple as introducing brown rice to your diet. You'll begin feeling the benefits that keep Japanese women among the youngest-looking in the world after your very next meal!

If you're tired of counting calories, counting carbs, and counting on being disappointed with diets that don't work and don't satisfy, it's time to discover one of the best-kept and most delicious secrets for a healthier, slimmer, and long-living lifestyle. It's time to discover the Japanese fountain of youth….

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It's well known that Japanese women have the lowest obesity rate in the industrialized world (3%) and the highest life expectancy (85 years), and that their cuisine is based on simplicity. Tokyo native Moriyama puts a human face on this phenomenon, that of her mother, Chizuko, in this well-organized, persuasive introduction to a non-Western everyday cooking plan. Just as Moriyama reconstructed Chizuko's cooking practices for herself and her coauthor husband, Doyle (Inside the Oval Office), she shows readers the elements of Chizuko's 6'×12' Tokyo kitchen. She details its pantry ingredients, including bonito (fish) flakes and daikon (radish) and tools such as a rice cooker and wok. Most recipes are based on at least one of the "seven pillars"—fish, vegetables, rice, soy, noodles, tea, fruit—and are familiar and easy to make (Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura, Teriyaki Fish, etc.). Cooking tips abound, but what adds a French Women Don't Get Fat angle is the useful eating advice, such as "Hara hachi bunme," or "Eat until you are 80 percent full." It's a call for moderation that occurs throughout other cultures, and if it's the Japanese version that speaks to readers, good for Moriyama.
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"[A] well-organized, persuasive introduction to a non-Western everyday cooking plan."—Publishers Weekly

"One-upping a certain French woman who boasted about staying thin, Moriyama reveals seven secrets of how Japanese women avoid adding pounds and prolong their life."—GoodHousekeeping.com

"Thanks to Moriyama and Doyle, readers can learn from an insider raised in Japan. . . . Even the most hesitant readers will find their passion for the wonderful taste and aroma of Japanese dishes irresistible."—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Plan May 20 2010
No need to diet anymore. Just eating this type of cuisine and walking every day will make the pounds drop off of you. Good buy bulky, starchy and bloating foods and hello to lots of fresh vegetables all cooked in delicious spices and sauces. You'll want to try the mouth-watering recipes included in the book---you might even want to visit Japan too! I tried this way of eating and got more energy and lots of weight loss. You can still eat Italian, Mexican, Indian, French, and Greek cuisine but you'll notice more energy and a clearer head when eating Japanese food. I'm a vegetarian and found lots of recipes that I could substitute tofu for the beef and chicken. And although I never liked fish, I now enjoy salmon rolled up in sushi twice a week (good brain food!). You won't be disappointed with this book. It's informmative without being preachy, and the author is very descriptive and pleasant. I'm not kidding; you'll want to visit Japan, and namely Tokyo, by the time you finish reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's about health June 8 2006
By AT las
This is an interesting and insightful book to learn more about the Japanese culture and way of life especially in terms of their eating habits. There are certainly more to Japanese cuisine than just the typical teriyaki chicken, sushi and tempura. Bear in mind that, this book is not a diet book. The book is more about staying healthy rather than losing weight. In that respect it reminds me of "Can We Live 150" where the author's main and only focus is health, but losing weight is a natural outcome of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Aug. 17 2011
I purchased this book recently, wanting to learn a little more about the Japanese culture, and am very satisfied. It's a unsual mix of a biography and a recipe book. I learned a lot and I recommend it to anyone who is conscious about his/her health and lifestyle or wish to learn how to live a longer and healthier life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's not just a cookbook Aug. 7 2011
This is a wonderful story, also. It's part biography, part explanation, and all wonderful. I really enjoyed reading it along with the recipes. I really like how most of the cooking really is quite simple, with the main emphasis being freshness.
I don't think this book has gotten the recognition it really deserves, and it is my little hidden jewel in my cookbook collection.
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