Winner of the Best Cookbook of the Year 2004 at the 10th Gourmand World Cookbook Awards - the Oscars of the cookbook world.
Harumi’s Japanese Cooking, Harumi Kurihara, Penguin Group, Inc.
Harumi Kurihara, known as the “Martha Stewart of
Japan”, absolutely beams from the cover of her book, Harumi’s Japanese Cooking, which will be released in paperback this April.
If her smile’s not enough to get you interested, the gorgeous food photography will do the trick. She aims to make Japanese
cooking accessible for the average home-cook. Her food is thankfully not fussy—no sushi-restaurant-style elaborate
presentations—it’s relatively simple, attractive, easy to make and healthful. While she does call for Japanese ingredients that
may be hard to find, she also includes tips on acceptable substitutions. If you’re baffled when you read her recipe for “Hot
Tofu with Ponzu Soy Sauce” which calls for yuzu or kabosu juice you’ll be happy to find a helpful tip that explains “yuzu and
kabuso are Japanese citrus fruits; yuzu is similar to a lime and kabuso to a lemon, so if you cannot find them use lemons or
limes.” Kurihara’s recipes are not all straightforward traditional Japanese; it seems she’s been bit by the
global-fusion-cuisine bug just like everyone else. An Italianate tofu salad with basil and gorgonzola dressing and a “Pot Roast
Pork” with a wasabi dressing are perfect examples. She does cover plenty of the popular Japanese classics that Americans will
recognize like “Teriyaki Salmon”, some simple sushi and miso soup. With this book in hand you’ll realize that, as Harumi puts
it in her introduction, “Japanese food is not frightening, just exciting and delicious!”