Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking (Anglais) Relié – 20 août 2007
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My only minor, very minor, criticism is that a few of the pages have the text written over a background pattern, making it a bit difficult to read those few pages. It's worth the effort to read them anyhow.
This book has been carefully edited and is a most readable English, having lost none of the skill of the chef from it's editing. Actually, the editing enhances your understanding of what Morimoto is thinking. He is an obviously sophisticated thinker in terms of how he designs 'his cuisine.' The recipies are really quite straighforward, simple in the Japanese sense of having worked hard to remove complexity. Some of the ingredients are not common, but to worry about that is to miss the point of the book - innovative fusion cuisine at it's finest. You are given sources for ingredients, so you should be able to duplicate the recipies nonetheless. This book challenges your preconceptions with stimulating recipies, beckoning you to stretch your own culinary skills.
When the likes of Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, and Ferran Adrin, all masterfully innovative chefs, praise this work, I know I'm in good company.
But don't get me wrong--if you are serious about cooking and about experiencing some of Morimoto's brilliant, layered flavors, then this cookbook is a great item. From what I have made, I can say that all the dishes have been fantastic--worth the effort, and really tasty (I've cooked the steak with Asian seasonings, the prosciutto-wrapped diver scallops in roasted sweet onions, and the tuna pizza). The only thing I wish the book went into a bit more is the process of making sushi. Morimoto does include his recipe for the perfect sushi rice, but never really gets into the specifics of making sushi at home (and it doesn't help that there are tons of colorful pictures showing vast arrays of sushi, none of which are joined by a recipe).
In the end, you have a section of the cookbook titled "For Contemplation," and some desserts. Both include many somewhat bizarre-sounding dishes created around seafood--squid, for example, and whether or not I would ever actually consider cooking any of these dishes I'm not sure. This cookbook, to be sure, is for those that enjoy the time spent in the kitchen, and want to take on some challenges. Morimoto don't play around, and he certainly doesn't play by convention....
The best part of this book is not so much the recipes, but the insight into japanese cooking, tools, spices and flavoring. If it were not for Morimoto, I would never have know that I have been eating sushi the wrong way all of these years!
The recipes that you will most likely use and find invaluable can be found in the back of the book and include broths and sauces. Many of the dishes seem rather simple to make and do not require any high end items or foreign ingredients - the Japanese Egg Castella being my personal favorite.
This book receives four stars only because I wish it contained more recipes!
The book is divided into the following main chapters:
Sashimi and Sushi
Rice, Noodles, Breads, and Soups
Fish and Shellfish
Duck, Chicken, Pork, Beef, and Lamb
Vegetables, Tofu, and Eggs
Recipes to Contemplate
Stocks, Oils, Spices, and Sauces
I'm no chef, but recipes are written so simply that it's hard to mess up anything in here. Ingredients that might not be found at your local store can be found at the specialty markets in the back of the book (though there is a typo saying that one Uwajimaya shop is in Beaverton, Washington...when in fact Beaverton is in Oregon). The majority of the recipes have short introductions by Morimoto where he describes the dish or talks about how he came up with it, and the presentation of the book is beautiful. If anything, my only complaint is that there could be a few more pictures for some dishes, but 90% of them are covered perfectly. I especially liked the chapter breaks where Morimoto talks about Japanese knives, seaweed, plating and more. He comes off as a teacher giving history lessons on the subjects, and genuinely wanting to help out those who read the book, and never sounds full of himself. The introduction alone is worth checking out this book. Morimoto really did work his way to the top, and I have full respect for the guy.
If you haven't picked up a copy yet, do so before it goes out of print again. I'm a picky eater but this book has encouraged me to try new things. Here's hoping for a second book that's just as good or even better, if possible, than this one.
The introductory pages and informational inserts were excellent. There is a ton of worthwhile educational reading in the book. Sadly, there are some pages with a horizontal background that are difficult to read. I have watched Chef Morimoto on television and have frequented his restaurant and will leave our relationship that way.