Everyday Harumi: Simple Japanese Food for Family and Friends

Written by Marchan August 28th, 2010

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Japanese food has grown in popularity in recent years with more and more home cooks looking for instruction on how to prepare dishes from this exotic cuisine. Harumi Kurihara, a famous cook and homemaker in her native Japan, demystifies Japanese food in her latest book, Everyday Harumi: Simple Japanese Food for Family and Friends Everyday Harumi: Simple Japanese Food for Family and Friends .

Whether a novice cook or an accomplished chef, anyone interested in Japanese cuisine and all its intricacies will find something of value in this beautifully written and photographed collection of recipes.

Like many ethnic cookbooks, Kurihara begins with a chapter devoted to teaching her readers about staples of the Japanese kitchen like miso, dashi, and ponzu. Because many of these ingredients may be difficult to procure outside of Asia, Kurihara also gives substitute ingredients that may be used in place of several of these hard to find products.

The premise of Everyday Harumi Everyday Harumi: Simple Japanese Food for Family and Friends is simple, yet effective. Kurihara instructs readers on the basics of Japanese cooking with an emphasis on quick and easy dishes that they can prepare for their families and friends. The book emphasizes Japanese home style cooking, revealing what kinds of foods Japanese families enjoy on a daily basis. Kurihara includes dishes like Chicken Karaage, a dish that include fried bits of chicken in a soy-based, hot, tangy sauce and tofu and miso soup, a popular staple in Japanese restaurants.

Everyday Harumi Everyday Harumi: Simple Japanese Food for Family and Friends will make a great addition to anyone’s cookbook library, particularly if they are interested in Japanese cuisine and aesthetics. The food is exquisitely styled and plated in classical Japanese serving dishes, lending itself well to photography. By following the recipes and suggestions found in the book, even the novice cook will be able to produce fine, Japanese home cooking in very little time.

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