The very best of two classic Asian cuisines: a guide to ingredients, techniques and 250 recipes shown step by step with 1500 photographs.
Japanese food is recognized all over the world for its simplicity and attractive presentation, while Korean food is known for having robust and spicy flavours. Each country has its own style of cooking, but they share a similar approach to food with an emphasis on using high-quality, seasonal and fresh ingredients. They both feature a vast array of exciting, regional specialities, many of which have originated from traditional recipes and locally sourced produced.
This exciting new book explores the history, culture and customs of Japan and Korea, from the evolution of their cuisines to the dishes that have become synonymous with the countries themselves. This comprehensive volume is divided into three easy-to-use sections. The first section, Culinary Traditions, begins with an informative history of the flavours and cooking styles of the Japanese and Korean food, from the colourful festivals and celebrations to eating etiquette, and ways they have influenced neighbouring countries and others around the world.
The second section, Equipment and Ingredients, begins with a guide to the typical implements used for preparing, cooking and serving, from sushi mats and rice cookers to the authentic crockery and utensils. Following this is a list of the key ingredients that are common to Japanese and Korean kitchens, from ginseng and tofu to seaweed and fish pastes, including convenient recipes for preparing the basic stocks and sauces.
The final section, The Recipes, consists of over 245 authentic dishes from every region, which include popular classics, from Hand-rolled Sushi and Pak Choi Kimchi to lesser-known delights, such as Savoury Egg Soup and Fiery Octopus. There is also a section of tempting sweet snacks and drinks, with treats such as Green Tea Ice Cream, Kabocha Squash Cake, and Persimmon Sorbet in Ginger Punch. Full nutritional information is provided for all recipes featured to help with dietary needs.
Beautifully illustrated with more than 1500 step-by-step colour photographs, this superb book brings together a tantalizing collection of irresistible and exotic dishes for every palate and occasion. It is a perfect kitchen guide for any cook who wants to discover exciting flavours.