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Un libro muy completo con los vínculos al sitio web de la autora. Recetas muy claras, lista de ingredientes necesarias, explicaciones sobre la cultura culinaria japonesa. Auténtico y recetas deliciosas
For Japanese or non-japanese cook (I am French) this book contains all you need to know to start cooking Japanese food at home. I used to follow Namiko Chen blog and now I have my favorites recipes at hand when I need them.
Like most reviewers, I learned about Mariko Chen through the Just One Cookbook website. When I saw there was a book I jumped in and pressed Buy without checking details. I love cookbooks and was eager to add this one to the collection. Unfortunately, this book doesn't add enough value. The actual recipes are as simple and wonderful as ever. Illustrations for every recipe, which makes it easier to look and decide what to fix.
But should you pay for the book (printed 2013)? Maybe. It's a thin book, and sometimes great things come in small packages - but the spine of the book is unmarked and solid black. It will get lost within the bookshelves. The font and layout aren't easy to read, so it doesn't have the warm joy of a written page. Bullet points become muddled into solid paragraphs. Right justification of every line and disjointed font results in words spaced out unattractively. Tiny nitpicks in editing. Overall, the craft of creating a great book was not accomplished here. I still enjoy a solid reference for dashi and tamagoyaki, the recipes are still good. The actual book design is not up-to-par.
I recently discovered the Just One Cookbook website and have been using it for trying my hand at different Japanese cuisine with much success thanks to the instructions provided. So, when I saw there was a book it felt like a no brainer. Rather than having to deal with slow loading times on my phone I could simply open my Kindle and see the instructions clearly printed and pictured.
But therein lies the problem, the recipes themselves do not have pictures of the instructions; just written ones. There is the option to "CLICK! TO VIEW PHOTO INSTRUCTIONS" but as I have a first gen paperwhite (I know, sue me lol) there are some real loading issues. I am not sure how the newer kindles work however I was mildly disappointed with this discovery. As Amazon itself says under the "Add images or video" section of the review, "Customers find images more helpful than text alone!"
So, in summation, if you are good at following written instructions without pictures being available by default this is a wonderful cookbook which will teach you many of the basics of Japanese cookery and I suggest it heartily. If not, maybe buy it anyway to support the work of Just One Cookbook and continue utilizing whatever medium you currently use to view the website.
I love her website and this is the sole reason I bought this book. Her recipes are amazing and if you love Japanese food you really need to use her website and this book. Like her bomb chicken Yakitori recipe isn't in this book, but is on her webpage. She also has some great videos on line on how to prepare Japanese foods. I had to youtube how to cut a Japanese pumpkin and once aga in she popped up!