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By Shizuo Tsuji
Tsuji’s book is a classic and my tattered hard cover copy attests to that. It remains my go to Japanese cookbook and one that I refer to before I look at anything else. Tsuji’s recipes are easy to understand and easy to follow.
By Joan Itoh
Joan Itoh Burk wrote a very popular Japanese newspaper column that morphed into a great book entitled “Rice Paddy Gourmet” in the 1970’s based on her years living in the country-side of Niigata Prefecture as the wife of the Japanese land-owner. I had the pleasure of interviewing her years later. Her stories and recipes continue to be relevant and tasty today.
By Junichi Kamekura, Mamoru Watanabe, and Gideon Bosker
Granted on a certain level, this is Japanese food porn! But I love ekiben, the Japanese bento boxes you purchase on trains and or at train stations. They are gorgeous to look at and delicious and regionally based. Take a visual tour of Japan leafing through this book.
By John Gauntner
In comparison to spirits like wine and beer, there aren’t a whole lot of educational sake books out there, especially beyond the beginner level. It’s an easy read, chock full of interesting facts and cool sakes to try. San Francisco- based John Gauntner, “the Sake Guy” is the world’s leading non-Japanese sake educator. His writing is witty and he never takes himself too seriously. Highly recommend for beginners and experienced sake lovers alike!