Cookbook Review: Harumi's Japanese Cooking
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 ofJapan", 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 Japanesecooking accessible for the average home-cook. Her food is thankfully not fussy-no sushi-restaurant-style elaboratepresentations-it's relatively simple, attractive, easy to make and healthful. While she does call for Japanese ingredients thatmay be hard to find, she also includes tips on acceptable substitutions. If you're baffled when you read her recipe for "HotTofu with Ponzu Soy Sauce" which calls for yuzu or kabosu juice you'll be happy to find a helpful tip that explains "yuzu andkabuso are Japanese citrus fruits; yuzu is similar to a lime and kabuso to a lemon, so if you cannot find them use lemons orlimes." Kurihara's recipes are not all straightforward traditional Japanese; it seems she's been bit by theglobal-fusion-cuisine bug just like everyone else. An Italianate tofu salad with basil and gorgonzola dressing and a "Pot RoastPork" with a wasabi dressing are perfect examples. She does cover plenty of the popular Japanese classics that Americans willrecognize like "Teriyaki Salmon", some simple sushi and miso soup. With this book in hand you'll realize that, as Harumi putsit in her introduction, "Japanese food is not frightening, just exciting and delicious!"