Mystified by Japanese food ingredients? Mystified by visits to Asian grocery markets? Mystified by the Asian languages on the food packaging or store signs in Asian grocery stores, or spoken by cashiers? If so, this is the book for you.
Japanese cuisine is one of the most healthful and pleasurable cuisines in the world, with unique and popular flavors - powerful reasons to become acquainted with Japanese food ingredients, if you want to cook at home or not, by incorporating Japanese ingredients into your SAD diet (Standard American Diet).
Japanese cookbooks make cursory attempts to tackle this task. However, this unique book accomplishes this neglected task with aplomb. The book's coverage is comprehensive, including obscure but important ingredients that are often if not always omitted in Japanese cookbooks - one discovers these ingredients' importance when chefs in New York City know about them but, unaccountably, not chefs in "cosmopolitan" Washington, D.C.!
This book contains recipes that utilize the ingredients discussed in the book. However, this book's main attraction is not the recipes, but the ingredients.
This book is long overdue for the Western market, where Japanese restaurants have long held sway. The author has lived in the UK for nearly a half a century, and has authored a number of English-language books about Japanese cooking - and she gave up a career in the world of high finance to do so.
This book, understandably, does not cover the somewhat arcane subject of the "traditionally" made - and extremely if not impossible to find - Japanese ingredients. See my customer review of JAPANESE FOODS THAT HEAL, by John and Jan Belleme, on this AMAZON.com website.