Dec 20

The book’s chapters are tied together by the themes of sustainability and supporting domestic farmers and fisherman (all photos for the book were taken in California). Each one focuses on specific categories, and being 甘党 (ama-tou, or having a sweet tooth) I particularly liked the one on sweets. It features healthy and delicious-sounding treats such as okara (soy lees) pancakes with blueberry syrup, and mochi waffles with tatsuta (fried chicken) and maple yuzu kosho. I don’t usually cook, but I desperately want to attempt both of these recipes!

Japanese Home Cooking makes a great present for the cook in your life, as well as for anyone like myself who is interested in learning more about Japanese cooking in an accessible way. For a preview of what Sakai’s cookbook offers readers, take a listen to her recent appearance on the podcast The Big Root, where she makes dashi and shares her culinary philosophy with the hosts.

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