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Bookshelf May 30, 2008

In addition to finding many recipes online, here is my current cookbook collection in Japan. I use the Japanese cookbooks mainly for reference and ideas, but I have actually cooked only a few recipes from them, since I read Japanese very slowly 😦

I’ve also been reading and cooking from NHK’s きょうの料理 (Kyou no Ryouri, Today’s Cooking) magazine and おかずのクッキング (Okazu no Cooking) lately.

English
Momofuku, David Chang
Washoku: Recipes from the Japanese Home Kitchen, Elizabeth Andoh
100 Recipes from Japanese Cooking (Kodansha Bilingual Books) (English and Japanese Edition), Koichiro Hata and Kazuki Kondo
Japanese Family-Style Recipes, Urakami Hiroko
Izakaya: The Japanese Pub Cookbook, Mark Robinson
The Japanese Kitchen, Hiroko Shimbo
The Folk Art of Japanese Country Cooking: A Traditional Diet for Today’s World, Gaku Homma
Food of Japan (Food of the World Cookbooks), Wendy Hutton
Takashi’s Noodles, Takashi Yagihashi and Harris Salat
Blue Water Cafe Seafood Cookbook, Frank Pabst
A Year In My Kitchen, Skye Gyngell
The Paley’s Place Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from the Pacific Northwest, Vitaly Paley, Kimberly Paley, Robert Reynolds
Urban Italian: Simple Recipes and True Stories from a Life in Food, Andrew Carmellini, Gwen Hyman
Fish Forever, Paul Johnson
The Best Recipes in the World, Mark Bittman
The Weekend Baker: Irresistible Recipes, Simple Techniques, and Stress-Free Strategies for Busy People, Abigain Johnson Dodge
Eggs, Michel Roux

After a year and a half in Japan I took a trip home. I decided that my growing book collection was going to be pretty hard to get home at the end of my time in Japan, so I took it as an opportunity to take some books home and bring a few new ones back. The books below were part of my original collection of cookbooks in Japan that I took home.

Harumi’s Japanese Cooking, Harumi Kurihara
Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking, Masaharu Morimoto
Shunju: New Japanese Cuisine, Takashi Sugimoto
Kaiseki: The Exquisite Cuisine of Kyoto’s Kikunoi Restaurant, Yoshihiro Murata
The Breakaway Cook: Recipes That Break Away from the Ordinary, Eric Gower
Simple Chinese Cooking, Kylie Kwong
The Sweet Spot: Asian-Inspired Desserts, Pichet Ong
Lotus: Asian Flavors, Teage Ezard
Roast Chicken And Other Stories, Simon Hopkinson
Irene’s Peranakan Recipes, Elaine Yeo
The Dessert Book, Hidemi Sugino (bilingual Japanese and English)

Japanese
梅宮辰夫, 梅宮辰夫の魚のさばき方 (Umemiya Tatsuo no Sakana Sabakikata, Tatsuo Umemiya’s Way of Fish Cutting)
NHK, 決定版!漬物—ちょっと自慢の、梅干し・らっきょう・ぬか漬け… (Definitive Pickles! Be proud of your umeboshi, rakkyo, nuka-zuke…)
TEN (編集) , 自慢の鍋料理 (Jiman no Nabe Ryouri, Proud Nabe Cooking)
松田美智子, いまどきのなべ (Imadoki no Nabe, Today’s Nabe)
アノニマスタジオ (編集), 野菜畑のレシピ (Yasai Hatake Reshipi, 106 Recipes from Vegetable Farm)
瀬戸口しおり, 私の手料理 (Watashi no Te Ryouri, My Handmade Cooking)
コマツザキ アケミ, おなかいっぱいサラダ (Onaka Ippai Salad, Full Stomach Salad)
婦人之友社編集部, やっぱりお昼はおべんとう (Yappari Ohiru wa Obento)
福田 淳子, プリンの本 (Pudding Book)
ウー・ウェン, ウー・ウェンの北京小麦粉料理 (Beijing Mianshi, Beijing Wheat Flour Cooking)
ワタナベ マキ, サルビア給食室のおいしいおべんとう手帖 (Salvia Lunchtime Room Delicious Bento Notebook)
浅場 康司, チャヤのからだにやさしいデリ (Chaya Healthy Deli)
料理の基本:ORANGE PAGE BOOKS 男子厨房に入る (Cooking Basics: Men Come Into the Kitchen) although this one is targeted towards men in the kitchen, it’s a great beginners’ book for foreigners too
徳岡邦夫, 嵐山吉兆 春の食卓 (Arashiyama Kitcho Haru no Shokutaku, Arashiyama Lucky Omen Spring Table)
徳岡邦夫, 嵐山吉兆 夏の食卓 (Arashiyama Kitcho Natsu no Shokutaku, Arashiyama Lucky Omen Summer Table)
徳岡邦夫, 嵐山吉兆 秋の食卓 (Arashiyama Kitcho Aki no Shokutaku, Arashiyama Lucky Omen Autumn Table)
徳岡邦夫,
嵐山吉兆 冬の食卓 (Arashiyama Kitcho Fuyu no Shokutaku, Arashiyama Lucky Omen Winter Table)
黒木 優子, おうちで和菓子屋さん—Love love sweets (At Home Sweets Shop-Love love sweets)

 

4 Responses to “Bookshelf”

  1. Malia Says:

    So do you buy Kyo no ryori every month? I used to buy it about half the time. I feel lucky I can get it at the library here (and check it out for 3 weeks!), but never actually do since I’d have to trek to the main branch for it.

  2. laurel Says:

    Sometimes I watch Kyo no ryori, but I don’t usually buy it. I keep telling myself I’m going to get to the public library here in Maebashi one of these days, but I haven’t made it yet.

  3. Jim Hodges Says:

    I am trying to figure out how to order the magazine/cookbook for Kyo no ryori for my wife but cant figure out how to do it. Should I call a japanes bookstore or is there a way to order it online?

    Thanks
    Jim

    • laurel Says:

      Hi Jim, it probably depends on where you’re located. If there is a Japanese bookstore or market in your area that’s probably your best option. Amazon.co.jp also offers international shipping, but it’s very expensive, so you probably won’t want to use that route. Finally, you can find some of the content from the show on NHK’s website: http://www.nhk.or.jp/partner/ryouri/


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