Japanese Cuisine 日本 料理

A Poetical Pursuit of Food [1]
Harmony for the Palate and the Eye

–“All Japanese food needs its setting.” — Sir John Pilcher, H.M. Ambassador to Japan [2]

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see 20 percent of Americans eating sushi as part of their regular diet in 10 or 15 years.” — Boye De Mente, 1987 [3]

Tosa Sake for New Year

Japanese food is one of the great cuisines of the Pacific Rim — and the world. Its popularity is leaping over national boundaries. Japanese cuisine is about Continue reading

William Shurtleff and Akiko Aoyagi

A Fight Against World Hunger
Encyclopedia Knowledge of Soy Foods

“You will be supported in your endeavors. It is just the way the universe works.” — William Shurtleff

Using miso to prepare Asian dishes

Miso

Going to Nigeria for the Peace Corps changed William Shurtleff’s life.  He learned first hand about Third World hunger.

He knew he wanted to help solve one of the world’s great problems.

Shurtleff later visited Japan to study Zen meditation. He also met his future wife there. Continue reading

Burdock/Gobo 蒡

These Roots are Not Parsnips!
A Cocktail Ingredient

Using burdock roots in Japanese cuisine

Burdock Root – Gobo

In the market, bundles of Burdock or Gobo  look like a stack of brown sticks.  About three and a half feet long, and maybe as thick as a forefinger. Sometimes they are tied with a string, so they look exactly like Continue reading