Fresh Japanese: Over 80 Healthy Japanese Recipes

Written by Marchan August 30th, 2010

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Born in Tokyo and a recently moved to London, Yasuko Fukuoka is an award winning food writer and author, specialising in the regional cuisine of her native Japan. Fresh Japanese: Over 80 Healthy Japanese Recipes Fresh Japanese: Over 80 Healthy Japanese Recipes is her latest cookbook offering, which provides insight into the Japanese kitchen, with an emphasis on traditional Japanese fare with a lighter and healthier touch.

Fukuoka begins the book with a chapter devoted to the connection between eating well and good health. She explains how the Japanese have the longest average lifespans of any humans in the world and how their diet and eating habits play a critical role in their longevity. Following that, she introduces the reader to the essential ingredients in the Japanese kitchen and familiarises them with some techniques that are unique to Japanese cuisine.

Fukuoka divides the book into standard chapters that are devoted to one type of ingredient or dish. For example, her first recipes deal with soups, followed by hors d’oeuvres, a chapter devoted to chicken, a seafood offering, vegetables, and then dessert. While she offers recipes that instruct readers on how to prepare traditional foods like chicken yakatori, Fukuoka also has recipes for Western inspired dishes like Japanese Vichyssoise, where she adds a Japanese twist to the classic, chilled French potato and leek soup. Fukuoka also manages to incorporate her theme about healthy and light cooking into every recipe, calling for leaner cuts of meats and low amounts of fats, making healthy Japanese cooking even healthier. Throughout the book, Fukuoka offers small insights into meal planning and cooking that she thinks will add excitement and spark interest in even the novice cook.

Fresh Japanese Fresh Japanese: Over 80 Healthy Japanese Recipes is sure to make an excellent addition to any international cookbook library. While grounded in tradition, the recipes have been successfully updated in a way that will appeal to modern tastes and health goals, making it a book that is sure to be used frequently by Japanese food enthusiasts.

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