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Posted 4/22/15
Ok, am I derpy and not seeing it or do we not have a food related forum around here?

I love Japanese food but I'm wanting to move beyond bento and basic recipes. I stopped buying Japanese cookbooks as they mostly start at rice, end at sushi and not much in between that's not commonly talked about or seen in the west. So anyone know a good Japanese cookbook or food history book with more intermediate, advanced or obscure food? Regional specialties especially?
Posted 4/22/15
The reason most of em start and end with rice is because it's their staple, like our wheat or corn for the most part.

I don't know what cookbooks you've been reading but the you can pretty much find free ones on the net or apps for mobile.
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You won't be able to get away from rice dishes since rice is a staple of Japanese cooking, but I know what you mean. You want more than just rice & sushi.

The ones I like are these:

Japanese Home Cooking by Yoshihiro Murata. These recipes are simple and very adaptable. There's a variety of soups and stews, along with a number of dishes to be served on rice. Making Teriyaki beef is delicious and simple.

My Japanese Table by Debra Samuels. This has a number of bento and sushi recipes. It also has things like "Beef & Asparagus Spirals", "Carrot and Celery Salad", noodle and vegetarian dishes.

Japanese Soul Cooking by Tadashi Ono & Harris Salat is a great book. You can learn to make real ramen soup, curry, tonkatsu, okonomiyaki, and a lot of other dishes. You won't find a single sushi or bento recipe in this book.

The Samura Gourmet by Kanna Himiya. Again, you won't find sushi or bentos in this book. These are simple, historical recipes that feature a wide variety of ingredients. The book also ties in historical and philosophical information with the recipes.
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Posted 4/25/15 , edited 4/25/15
Like deadpanditto said, that "My Japanese Table" is a good book! I have that one. I like it because it includes ingredients that you can easily find at your local grocery market. Some of the more "authentic" books will list ingredients, like shungiku, that are really hard to find in the west. I haven't even seen any chrysanthemum greens or chikuwabu at our local international foods market.

If you want to read up on more authentic foods, try out Washoku. This is another book I have purchased and it has a lot of great recipes. Sadly, once again, unless you have an Asian grocer nearby, some of these ingredients may be hard to find.
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deadpanditto wrote:

You won't be able to get away from rice dishes since rice is a staple of Japanese cooking, but I know what you mean. You want more than just rice & sushi.

The ones I like are these:

Japanese Home Cooking by Yoshihiro Murata. These recipes are simple and very adaptable. There's a variety of soups and stews, along with a number of dishes to be served on rice. Making Teriyaki beef is delicious and simple.

My Japanese Table by Debra Samuels. This has a number of bento and sushi recipes. It also has things like "Beef & Asparagus Spirals", "Carrot and Celery Salad", noodle and vegetarian dishes.

Japanese Soul Cooking by Tadashi Ono & Harris Salat is a great book. You can learn to make real ramen soup, curry, tonkatsu, okonomiyaki, and a lot of other dishes. You won't find a single sushi or bento recipe in this book.

The Samura Gourmet by Kanna Himiya. Again, you won't find sushi or bentos in this book. These are simple, historical recipes that feature a wide variety of ingredients. The book also ties in historical and philosophical information with the recipes.


Thank you! Tracking down Samura Gourmet as we speak.
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retronatrix wrote:

Thank you! Tracking down Samura Gourmet as we speak.


Sorry. That's a typo on my part. It should be Samurai Gourmet.
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deadpanditto wrote:


retronatrix wrote:

Thank you! Tracking down Samura Gourmet as we speak.


Sorry. That's a typo on my part. It should be Samurai Gourmet.


Came up fine on Amazon so all good.
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