Japanese Farm Food is all about the characters. Yes, a cookbook that focuses on people. Cooks who concentrate on fresh, local and available ingredients will marvel over the way Mrs. Hachisu explains that dinner is what's there. She admits it took her a while to quit 'planning' with recipes and preconceived notions and begin 'touching' the most available food sources for dinner. I thought she hit the nail on the had when she spoke about being one with the garden and touching the food you will eat. This book is more than a compilation of recipes. It's a story about a family. I loved reading about how the author met her husband, how she became one with his ancestral home and the integration of Japanese and American traditions is so interesting. I highly recommend reading through this first as a non-fiction book about a family, and second as a collection of recipes.
This is a well organized, quality, colorful cookbook that includes pictures of the process and the finished product for many recipes. The pages advising cooks what tools to have and how to use them for Japanese cooking is invaluable. I like everything about this cookbook. My kitchen can become a great adventure with Japanese Farm Food as my guide. I can flip the book open twenty times and not find one thing I've ever made before. Time to roll up my sleeves and get cooking!
This book will also be featured in the Night Owl Reviews Magazine, Issue 34.
"Our life centers on the farm and the field. We eat what we grow." --Nancy Singleton Hachisu,
Japanese Farm Food offers a unique window into life on a Japanese farm through the simple, clear-flavored recipes cooked from family crops and other local, organic products. The multitude of vibrant images by Kenji Miura of green fields, a traditional farmhouse, antique baskets, and ceramic bowls filled with beautiful, simple dishes are interwoven with Japanese indigo fabrics to convey an intimate, authentic portrait of life and food on a Japanese farm. With a focus on fresh and thoughtfully sourced ingredients, the recipes in Japanese Farm Food are perfect for fans of farmers' markets, and for home cooks looking for accessible Japanese dishes. Personal stories about family and farm life complete this incredible volume.
American born and raised, Nancy Singleton Hachisu lives with her husband and teenage sons on a rural Japanese farm, where they prepare these 160 bright, seasonal dishes. The recipes are organized logically with the intention of reassuring you how easy it is to cook Japanese food. Not just a book about Japanese food, Japanese Farm Food is a book about love, life on the farm, and community. Covering everything from pickles and soups to noodles, rice, and dipping sauces, with a special emphasis on vegetables, Hachisu demystifies the rural Japanese kitchen, laying bare the essential ingredients, equipment, and techniques needed for Japanese home cooking.