The Decorative Art of Japanese Food Carving: Elegant Garnishes for All Occasions ハードカバー – 2012/9/21
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Japanese cuisine is renowned for the beauty of its presentation. Among the key elements in this style of presentation are mukimono — the decorative garnishes and carvings that add the final flourish to a dish. It might be a carrot round in the shape of a plum blossom. Or a scattering of cherry blossoms plucked from a radish. Perhaps a swallow, a butterfly, a ginkgo leaf or a cluster of pine needles. Whatever the motif, it will have been created to delight the eye and the palate with its shape, color, and taste.
In The Decorative Art of Japanese Food Carving, internationally-acclaimed chef Hiroshi Nagashima offers 60 edible garnishes and food carvings for home, party or professional use. Some are designed to be set on top of the food. Others are fashioned to hold the food…and sometimes, they simply are the food.
Each is introduced in full color, with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, sample food arrangements, further ideas and secret, insider tips for successful presentation. Most are simple enough for the amateur chef to master, although a few are quite challenging and require much practice. Nagashima’s instructions rely on household utensils found in a typical American kitchen — from knives to peelers to cookie cutters — and use familiar, easily-attainable ingredients.
The Decorative Art of Japanese Food Carving is more than a practical handbook, however. It is also an inspiration book, filled with creative suggestions and inventive ideas to enhance and transform the way we cook.
HIROSHI NAGASHIMA is the Head Chef and Managing Director of the restaurant and catering facilities for Tsukiji-hongan-ji Temple in central Tokyo, near Ginza. He is the author of two successful books on food carving in Japanese and was a featured participant in the 2008 Kennedy Center event, "Japan: Culture + Hyperculture," where he handled the Japanese banquet.
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3. Finally, add in the details to complete your drawing of the Sistine Chapel.
Yes the pictures are beautiful but it's not exactly useful when I want to learn to made a radish bird and the book is essentially just saying "Start by cutting a radish into a bird-like shape. Then, whittle it down until it looks like a bird."
i rarely become so excited with a new book. It doesn't take long to read because it's barely a hundred pages of mostly pictures. Published less then a year ago, and being only 8" x 10", it will still make a great coffee table book. I can't wait to try the zucchini net: a great alternative to nori rolls or wrapping in lettuce.
Easily adaptable to an all raw food menu, I will certainly use some of these in my food presentations. I heartily recommend this book. And at this price, it's a worthwhile indulgence.