Certainly one of my favorite publishers, Tuttle Publishing, simply launched a brand new title that may transport you proper to Japan via it’s distinctive kitchen: “Japanese Superfoods” by Yumi Komatsudaira.
I’m personally a giant fan of the Japanese kitchen (if I’ve to select one delicacies for the remainder of my life, I’d 100% go for Japanese) – because it’s so versatile, inventive and infrequently actually wholesome!
* Japanese Superfoods on Tuttle Publishing
HEALTHY JAPANESE FOOD RECIPES
WHAT ARE SUPERFOODS?
Superfoods are the life-giving components that our our bodies want for stability, wellness, therapeutic, and longevity.
From lowering ldl cholesterol, anti-aging and anti inflammatory properties and growing an total wholesome intestine to even stopping most cancers – the listing of their advantages goes on and on.
The Japanese are identified to face fewer well being points, much less weight problems, and have longer lifespans than these in different nations, as a result of they’ve lengthy identified the facility of those key components.
WHAT ARE JAPANESE SEA VEGETABLES?
Sea greens (seaweeds) are algae that reside within the sea. Like crops on land, they carry out photosynthesis and growby absorbing water and vitamins.
They’re divided into three classes based mostly on the leaf colour:
- Inexperienced Algae (Chlorella and Spirulina)
- Brown Algae (Wakame, Kombu and Hijiki)
- Crimson Algae (Nori and Dulse)
The color variations are a results of the depth of the water by which the ocean greens develop.
DID YOU KNOW? There are roughly 20,000 sorts of sea greens on the planet, of which 50 are frequently eaten at present – most notably brown algae, akin to wakame (utilized in such on a regular basis dishes as miso soup and salad) and kombu (primarily utilized in dashi broth) in Japan.
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ABOUT THE WRITER
Yumi Komatsudaira is a Japanese recipe developer, meals stylist and culinary teacher in New York Metropolis public faculty system, kids’s museums and hospitals, and personal cooking courses. She can be the president of Okay-Seaweed, a number one ocean greens supplier.
Rising up exterior Tokyo in her household’s seaweed store, Yumi at all times snacked on the inexperienced treats on which her household constructed their health-based culinary enterprise. Now she is eager to share the secrets and techniques of wholesome consuming which have guided the Japanese for ages.
Yumi is at the moment based mostly in New York, however travels to Japan typically selling seaweed and its well being advantages.
“At the same time as kids all of us cherished the sleek silky texture of the seaweed. It’s the finest childhood snack I can keep in mind.”
– Yumi Komatsudaira
ABOUT THE BOOK
On this e book, Yumi Komatsudaira combines her intensive experience with ocean greens and Japanese cooking to indicate you methods to create easy, scrumptious, and super-healthy Japanese-style meals at house.
Moreover recipes, the e book additionally goes deeper into the world of Japanese superfoods by exhibiting methods to put together and retailer kombu, wakame, hijiki and nori; explaining about all of the various kinds of soybean, Japanese greens, seasonings, mushrooms, noodles and inexperienced tea.
It additionally shows the number of methods Japanese rice may be processed, methods to make dashi and the proper bento, which conventional Japanese kitchen utensils can be utilized and what ‘umami’ precisely is.
DESIGN & ILLUSTRATIONS
There’s a lot content material on this e book, each in textual content as in pictures, but it surely doesn’t really feel overwhelming. Every part of the e book is clearly marked with a two-page cowl unfold and the recipes additionally cowl two pages (one web page with the recipe, one with a full-page photograph).
The e book is split into the next sections:
- Introduction to the World of Japanese Superfoods
- Superfood Soups & Scorching Pots
- Tremendous-Wholesome Sushi
- Superfood Seaweed Recipes
- Tremendous Seafood Dishes
- Rice, Noodle and Bread
- Soy, Sesame & Eggs
- Vegetable Recipes
- Wholesome Meat Dishes
- Wholesome Desserts
There are various private suggestions within the e book, that are sprinkled all through the e book as little notes.
The pictures actually leap off the web page and most of them are fantastically shot by Yumi herself. With vibrant colors and really Japanese, clear settings, you wish to pull up a chair and be a part of her for the meal immediately!
Among the power-packed, super-nutritive dishes from all of the completely different classes within the e book that I’ll positively attempt to make at house embrace:
- [Soups & Hotpots] Mushroom Scorching Pot with Shredded Beef & Watercress
- [Sushi] Avocado Hijiki Sushi Rolls
- [Seaweed Recipes] Kombu Water Blueberry Smoothie
- [Seafood Dishes] Crispy Tuna with Inexperienced Onions Sauce
- [Rice, Noodles & Bread Dishes] Conventional Udon Noodle Soup
- [Soy, Sesame & Egg Dishes] Tofu Fritters with Edamame
- [Vegetable Dishes] Lotus Root Chips with Aonori Seaweek Sprinkles
- [Meat Dish] Inexperienced Onion Beef Rolls
- [Desserts] Matcha Inexperienced Tea Cheesecake
Some useful cooking suggestions I bought from the e book are:
- Dry mushrooms a day or two by putting them within the solar to dehydrate so the flavour intensifies; the vitamin D content material will increase as nicely!
- To stop tofu from getting soggy when storing it (for instance in a bento field), squeeze out the broth earlier than packing it.
- To retain the gorgeous purple color of eggplant, sprinkle it with sea salt and cook dinner it shortly over excessive warmth.
- Cowl dumpling wrappers with a humid paper towel to maintain them moist.
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I like this e book because it’s an excellent all-encompassing guide to good and attractive Japanese cooking. Vital for anybody seeking to get extra into the Japanese kitchen, however doesn’t actually know the place to begin, like myself.
Whereas some components would possibly take a little bit of effort to purchase, there are additionally sufficient recipes within the e book of which I have already got a lot of the components in my pantry, such because the Matcha Inexperienced Tea Almond Cookies you possibly can see above. And I can’t wait to get began making an attempt them out!
Tuttle Publishing has once more delivered a high-quality title of their vary of Asian cultural (cook dinner)books, and I can extremely advocate getting a replica for your self or a pal that likes to cook dinner with wholesome components.
Look & Really feel: 8/10
Sensible Use: 9/10
Contribution to Self-Improvement: 8/10
Worth for Cash: 9/10
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Title: Japanese Superfoods
Subtitle: Study the Secrets and techniques of Wholesome Consuming and Longevity – the Japanese Method!
Creator: Yumi Komatsudaira
Images: Yumi Komatsudaira (in addition to commissioned/inventory pictures)
Writer: Tuttle Publishing
Variety of Pages: 256
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