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I have bought many Japanese cooking books lately but this one is really great. Fast meals with very easy steps. It explains everything about ingredients that are mostly used, at the beginning. You can then buy it from a Asian shop and you just need the other things that you can find in any shop for the rest of the ingredients in each recipe. I love the recipe but also the way this book explains ingredients and organizes you cooking
Update: So far, this book has not been useful. I have found nothing in particular that I want to make, and continue to find the lack of index irksome. There are better, far better, Japanese cookbooks that cover the same ground, and I don't recommend this one.
This book supposedly contains "real" izakaya recipes, and yet recipe after recipe contains notes that the author has changed the traditional recipe for no apparent reason. Further, it has no index. Recipes are classified by cooking method, and you have to read the entire table of contents to find, for example, recipes using chicken. I don't plan my meals by thinking I want something fried; I have an ingredient like chicken, and look for recipes using chicken. Interesting reading, but not so much a useful cookbook. Also, the explanation of Japanese ingredients required in some recipes is incomplete and not useful to a novice.
While the recipes are great, and the selection is excellent, good luck finding the ingredients unless you’re one of the extreme minority living next to a Japanese grocery store, or happen to be in Japan. Almost every single recipe calls for items that you will not have access to. Many of them are fresh ingredients you can’t just order. This is mostly a coffee table book to make you dream of your travel to Japan or get you hungry before going out for Japanese food.
This is one awesome cookbook! It is filled with great, fresh recipes that are just easy enough to make 3-5 at once and pair with some tasty Japanese beer for an Izakaya night. We’ve already enjoyed 2 Izakaya nights thanks to this book and looking forward to many more! Thank you Wataru for putting together this excellent collection of recipes!
I’ve only made 2 things so far and the instructions are clear, easy to follow and I was able to find the ingredients at my local market. Bonus....section shows step by step how to make matchstick cuts on veggies. Made that process super simple!
Loved the recipes! Used it to make a home izakaya night during the COVID lockdown and my wife loved it. Maybe she's just trying to flatter me, but she said that my agedashi tofu tasted exactly like an izakaya down the street from our house.