Looking for English language cookbooks to get me started on Japanese food. Any recommendations?

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Sam1148 May 31, 2013
...and I want the edit button back so my mistakes don't sit there like big mistakes.
http://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Cooking-Simple-Shizuo-Tsuji/dp/1568363885
 
Sam1148 May 31, 2013
and I forgot to link the book. http://food52.com/hotline/20465-looking-for-english-language-cookbooks-to-get-me-started-on-japanese-food-any-recommendations
 
Sam1148 May 31, 2013
I love all the above suggestion. But Japaneese Cooking: A Simple Art. Is the definitive "bible" of Julia Child reputation for the style of cooking. It's probably one of the most informative classic cookbooks made in the past 50 years.
 
ChefJune May 31, 2013
I recommend any and all books by the marvelous Elizabeth Andoh. We thoroughly enjoy everything I make from them. And she's so easy to understand. Her books are written from the perspective of a teacher.
 
Mr_Vittles May 31, 2013
I would skip the books (unless you really learn better reading), and go with video channel's on YouTube. The following channels are fun and very informative: "Cooking With Dog" is venerable and has been around for years; "RunnyRunny999" is one simple guy, who cooks a wide variety of Japanese and Japanese inspired recipes; "Ochikeron" is a nice woman, who cooks a variety of traditional Japanese foods and occasionally Western foods.
 
sexyLAMBCHOPx May 31, 2013
A great web blog is www.justhungry.com She explains everything you want to know about Japanese cooking and provides a great basic introduction to such areas as: stocking your pantry, equipment, ingredient substitutions - and recipes of course!
I agree with all cookbooks suggested by the other Food52's except Momofuko.
When I started exploring Japanese cooking I used Harumi's Japanese Cooking by Harumi Kurihara. I have a few of her English cookbooks and it was a great introduction. Washoku: Recipes from the Japanese Home Kitchen by Elizabeth Andoh is wonderful as well. One of my 2 favorite cookbooks this year is Japanese Farm Food. Enjoy!
 
HalfPint May 31, 2013
Japanese Farm Food by Nancy Singleton Hachisu.
 
petitbleu May 31, 2013
I like Everyday Harumi. Momofuku is a good cookbook, and it's one of the few that I've read cover to cover. On the other hand, it assumes a lot of its readers and is more cheffy. For a beginner book, look into Japanese home cooking.
 
pierino May 31, 2013
For something edgier there is David Chang's "Momofuku". "Momofuku" means "lucky peach" in Japanese, and in fact has spawned a brilliant quarterly magazine under that name. Chang is Korean-American but he studied in Japan and writes rapturously about noodles, like ramen. I think he is the most important and influential chef in America right now. Parental guidance: he uses the "F" word more than I've ever seen in a cookbook before.
 
Elizabeth R. May 31, 2013
Maybe something by Harumi Kurihara, like "Harumi's Japanese Cooking" which focuses more on Japanese home cooking. Though honestly, when it comes to Japanese home cooking, I usually head over to youtube and watch the video channels of Cookingwithdog and Runnyrunny999.
 
AntoniaJames May 31, 2013
"Hiroko's American Kitchen" is excellent -- full of integrity, authoritative, and delightfully readable. http://www.hirokoskitchen.com/products ;o)
 
MDF May 31, 2013
Washoku: Recipes from the Japanese Home Kitchen by Elizabeth Andoh
 
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