英文版 居酒屋料理帖 - Izakaya: The Japanese Pub Cookbook ハードカバー – 2008/5/1
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Pictures are really cool and sexy and make you want to go to a local izakaya or make izakaya food at home. My wife being Japanese and me American, this book is the perfect combination to read about Japanese bar culture and try the recipes in English, it is so well written, fun and easy to read. Writing style is hip and modern.
We have many cook books both in English and Japanese but this is the only one sitting on our dining room table ...
Unfortunately, this book attempts too many things and provides too little depth to really get a feel for any one. For a book about drinking establishments, you'd think they would have lots of information on alcohol. This is not the case, as there are really only three pages on the subject. Similarly, the author writes a few pages on each izakaya, but offers relatively little overview and no real conclusions drawn from this exploration.
Ultimately, this is a fun book to have, but not an essential on anyone's cookbook shelf.
The book itself is gorgeous, with great photos that recreate the ambiance and mood in the various "favorites" of the author, this is much more than a cookbook. It's almost an ethnographic study about these gems that make the Japanese food scene so varied, so colorful, so alive. This book was born out of the passion of his author, and you can feel his enthusiasm on every page, which makes it grasping. If you've ever been to Japan with friends yet felt that, somehow, you missed a chance to eat something really local, really unique, really Japanese that no tourist alone would have found on its own, this book is for you then.
Granted, I do have a fetish for Japanese food (and have a pretty abnormal collection of Japanese cookbooks), but this one stands out as informative, visually pleasant, original (as in I've never found another book on this topic), and especially filled with simple recipes you can try at home with little effort. Definitely worth every buck!
Got this book for ideas about side dishes. We typically arrange our meals arround a Japanese plating style and having some variety in the sides is good. This collection of recipes delivers in spades and several in here have become "go-to" recipes. One thing that I noted was that the flavors tend to be sharp, which I really like.
The authors should be congratulated on the way they structured this book. It is arranged as a series of stories about the pubs, their owners, and their recipes. It is well written and entertaining to read (sort of rare in a cook book).