My Japanese Table: A Lifetime of Cooking with Friends and Family

Tuttle Publishing
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Bestselling author and food writer Debra Samuels uses her unique skills and deep love of Japan to make the cuisine of her adopted country attainable in My Japanese Table.

Bringing a wealth of experience and a great passion for Japanese cooking to the table, Debra introduces the aesthetics and quality food that are the hallmarks of Japanese cuisine. She learned through her years in Japan that true Japanese homestyle dishes are easy to prepare once you master a few basic techniques. And now that authentic Japanese ingredients are available in most supermarkets, Japanese food has become far more accessible than ever before.

The recipes in this Japanese cookbook, the result of decades spent teaching and preparing homestyle Japanese dishes, include familiar favorites like Hand-Rolled Sushi and classic Miso Soup and less familiar but equally welcome dishes such as Lobster Rolls with Wasabi Mayonnaise and Fried Pork Cutlets. There is also a chapter on the increasingly popular bento lunch boxes, along with a wonderful selection of desserts, including the delectable Mochi Dumplings with Strawberries. 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.

This Japanese cookbook includes chapters on:
  • Basic recipes
  • Sushi
  • Snacks and appetizers
  • Soups and salads
  • Rice and noodles
  • Meat and poultry
  • Fish and seafood
  • Vegetable and tofu dishes
  • Bento
  • Desserts and drinks
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About the author

Taekyung Chung is a Korean ex-pat who has lived in Japan for 17 years. She is a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines who has taught Korean cooking for 20 years, and is also author of two previously published books.

Debra Samuels has taught cooking for over two decades. She has done countless cooking demonstrations and classes all over the Boston area as well as for the United States Embassy in Tokyo. She also developed the popular "Kids Are Cooking" series on food, culture and nutrition for Boston's Children's Museum in the United States. Ms. Samuels is also a food writer and food stylist for "The Boston Globe".

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Tuttle Publishing
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Apr 16, 2012
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Cooking / Entertaining
Cooking / Methods / Quick & Easy
Cooking / Regional & Ethnic / Asian
Cooking / Regional & Ethnic / Japanese
Cooking / Specific Ingredients / Seafood
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A collection of more than 100 recipes that introduces Japanese comfort food to American home cooks, exploring new ingredients, techniques, and the surprising origins of popular dishes like gyoza and tempura. 

Move over, sushi. It’s time for gyoza, curry, tonkatsu, and furai. These icons of Japanese comfort food cooking are the hearty, flavor-packed, craveable dishes you’ll find in every kitchen and street corner hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Japan.

In Japanese Soul Cooking, Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat introduce you to this irresistible, homey style of cooking. As you explore the range of exciting, satisfying fare, you may recognize some familiar favorites, including ramen, soba, udon, and tempura. Other, lesser known Japanese classics, such as wafu pasta (spaghetti with bold, fragrant toppings like miso meat sauce), tatsuta-age (fried chicken marinated in garlic, ginger, and other Japanese seasonings), and savory omelets with crabmeat and shiitake mushrooms will instantly become standards in your kitchen as well. With foolproof instructions and step-by-step photographs, you’ll soon be knocking out chahan fried rice, mentaiko spaghetti, saikoro steak, and more for friends and family.

Ono and Salat’s fascinating exploration of the surprising origins and global influences behind popular dishes is accompanied by rich location photography that captures the energy and essence of this food in everyday life, bringing beloved Japanese comfort food to Western home cooks for the first time.
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