My Japanese Table: A Lifetime of Cooking with Friends and Family
By Debra Samuels; Photography by Heath Robbins; Tuttle Publishing, 2011
FROM FRONT JACKET FLAP:
"Best-selling author and food writer Debra Samuels brings a wealth of experience and a great passion for Japanese cooking to her new book, My Japanese Table -- which is designed for people who love to eat Japanese food but are slightly apprehensive about preparing it at home. During many extended stays in Japan (totaling over ten years since the 1970s), a number of Japanese cooking teachers and friends brought Samuels into their kitchens and introduced her to the aesthetics and very high quality that are the hallmarks of Japanese cuisine.
She learned through these experiences that true Japanese homestyle dishes are easy to prepare once you learn a few basic techniques. And now that authentic Japanese ingredients are no longer exotic and are available in most supermarkets, Japanese cooking has become far more accessible than ever before. Back home in between her visits to Japan, Samuels began teaching Japanese cooking classes and writing about Japanese food and has even offered workshops in making bento (Japanese lunch boxes). When her classes end, Samuels often hears her students exclaim with surprise: "I can do this!" And this is her goal for the readers of this book as well.
The recipes in this book have been carefully selected and are the result of many decades spent teaching and preparing homestyle Japanese dishes for family and friends. Included are many familiar favorites like Classic Chicken Teriyaki, Jumbo Shrimp Tempura and Udon Noodles with Everything, prepared without fuss and in a way that is absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. There are also some less familiar but equally welcome dishes like Lobster Rolls with Wasabi Mayonnaise, Tuna Tartar Shiso Wraps, Pumpkin Rounds, and Mochi Dumplings with Strawberries and Red Bean Paste. All of the recipes come with stories and cooking tips to help bring the sights, aromas, and tastes of Japan into your kitchen at home."
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