Review: Japan- Steve Wide and Michelle Mackintosh

Japan: A curated guide to the best sights, food, culture & art

Steve Wide and Michelle Mackintosh

Pan Macmillan Australia

Plum

ISBN:9781760787646

RRP $44.99

Description;

There is something about Japan that works its way into every fibre of your being. No matter how many times you visit, you’ll always uncover new experiences and life-altering adventures.

Pack your bags and travel with us to a country rich in cultural history and full of fascinating contrasts, from the frantic pace of Tokyo and Osaka, to the wintry soul of Hokkaido in the north and the natural wonders of Kyushu in the south. Navigate the dynamic cities, walk the roads of old Japan in Kyoto, Nara, Kanazawa and Nikko, or go off-grid to smaller, far-flung towns, each with their own unique traditions, crafts, sights, food and art.

Packed with cultural insights and stunning photography, this experiential and eclectic guide takes you on a deeper journey into Japan. Read up on history and local knowledge before you go, learn how to navigate the Shinkansen (bullet train), contemplate modern art and architecture, lose yourself in gardens, shrines and temples, and indulge in the best food tourism of your life. This tightly curated list of must-see places and experiences is for people who want to get an up close and personal look at the real Japan.

My View:

When I opened this book and started to examine some of the wonderful images ( presented more like a coffee travel book than a travel book) I felt an immediate urge to travel – something I have not felt at all during these years of COVID 19 uncertainty and restrictions.

This book has it all; glorious scenery, arts, history, food, beer, culture….I want to visit Japan 🙂

Post Script: The Zen Kitchen; Easy Japanese Recipes For The Home Cook – Adam Liaw

Fresh ingredients, simple recipes, naturally healthy and delicious meals – beautifully photographed. Adam Liaw provides an interesting dialogue and explains some Japanese traditional food sayings as he walks you through the recipes.

zen-kitchen

Adam Liaw

The Zen Kitchen

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9780733634314

 

Description:

The new cookbook from Adam Liaw, one of Australia’s favourite foodie celebrities and former winner of Masterchef. A cookbook of easy-to-prepare Japanese recipes and philosophies for the home kitchen to guide you and your family to healthier, more enjoyable meal times.

 

We love Japanese food. It’s fast, healthy, easy and delicious.

 

There’s a reason Japan has some of the longest-lived, healthiest and most food-loving people on the planet. The secret is simple preparation of good ingredients, which makes Japanese cuisine perfect for you to cook at home.

 

If you thought it was just sushi, think again. In THE ZEN KITCHEN, Adam Liaw guides you through his family favourites like Salt-grilled Salmon, Teriyaki Pork and Mushroom Rolls, Sukiyaki, Sashimi Salad, and Green Tea Roll Cake. These delicious dishes, and many more, will bring new favourites into your kitchen.

 

With Adam’s simple and accessible style and his belief that cooking is a celebration of food, philosophy and culture, THE ZEN KITCHEN is your practical guide to cooking tasty Japanese family food at home.

 

 

My View:

Fresh ingredients, simple recipes, naturally healthy and delicious meals – beautifully photographed. Adam Liaw provides an interesting dialogue and explains some Japanese traditional food sayings as he walks you through the recipes.

 

I loved this fresh and modern approach to Japanese cooking. “The Japanese approach to food is one we might all admire. Simultaneously respectful, appreciative, enthusiastic and practical, it’s an approach that has produced one of the world’s greatest cuisines and one that is simple to cook, healthy, delicious and hugely varied…. In Japan, food is something used to celebrate, educate. It’s more than just a part of Japanese culture, it is totally Japanese culture presented in its most tangible form.”(Introduction p.1 Adam Liaw)

 

Come on a journey, be guided by this talented chief, see innovative modern approaches to traditional Japanese cuisine and enjoy some easy to prepare meals.   Adam Liaw shares the five preparation methods of Japanese cooking, provides a basic kitchen equipment list, a list of basic Japanese ingredients including the six basics seasonings  (soy sauce, mirin, sake, sugar and rice vinegar) have these in your pantry and you almost have  a meal. And then Adam Liaw introduces us to:

Pickles stocks and seasonings

Japanese breakfasts

Rice and noodles

Soup and nabemono

Japanese salads

Fish

Meat

Mainly vegetables and

Semi Sweets.

 

This will be a useful addition to your kitchen library or make a great Christmas gift.