"A beautifully photographed, clearly written introduction to Japanese cuisine, from a California-based Japanese-American teacher and recipe developer."–Christine Muhlke, The New York Times
"Heartfelt, poetic. . . . Sakai is particularly good at describing the purity and beauty of Japanese cooking."–Tara Duggan, The San Francisco Chronicle
"Informative, beautiful, and full of recipes for everyone from the novice chef to the seasoned Japanese home cook."–Lauren Joseph, Epicurious
"It's been more than 30 years since Japanese cooking expert Sonoko Sakai's first cookbook detailing the cooking of her heritage for American audiences. Her follow-up, Japanese Home Cooking: Simple Meals, Authentic Flavors
, is worth the wait. Her teachings demystify the art of making soba noodles, and she transforms often ordinary-looking onigiri into beautiful rice spheres wrapped in seaweed and dried flowers. But don't worry, there's still plenty of simple dishes like chawanmushi and fresh pickles to try out first before diving into more ambitious projects."–Los Angeles Times
"Sonoko Sakai has long been a champion of Japanese homestyle cooking, and the LA-based author and cooking teacher has written the essential book for favorites like soba, ochazuke, and oden."
"This book is a treasure trove for anyone hoping to master a few everyday Japanese recipes, yes. But where Sakai really excels is in the digestible lessons on stocking a pantry and understanding the building blocks of Japanese home cooking; she guides you through the five basic seasonings and the practice of noodle making, for example. A teacher and cookbook author, Sakai has approached her work in food with a holistic approach, dedicating herself to the preservation of both Japanese culture and cuisine through cookbooks, classes, and recently, a grain restoration project with Anson Mills."
"A gentle introduction to the flavors and techniques of Japanese cooking courtesy of Sonoko Sakai, an LA-based teacher and food author. From pantry staples like dashi to Japanese breakfast, learn the fundamentals of home cooking the Japanese way."
"A comprehensive, approachable guide to Japanese cooking at home."
"Expand a home chef's borders with Sonoko Sakai's essential guide to Japanese home cooking."
–Martha Stewart Living
"California-based author-teacher Sakai (The Poetical Pursuit of Food
, 1986) delivers, quite simply, everything home chefs need to know to master Japanese home cooking.... The 160 recipes include explicit directions, ingredient notes, and the necessary how-tos, along with color photographs: Grilled rice balls, homemade granola with lucky bean, fish bone soup, spicy duck soba noodles in hot broth, just to name a few....An exhaustive course that will take up no small amount of time and patience–and yield welcome results."
"Home cooks wanting to dive into Japanese cooking will find Sakai to be a delightful and encouraging guide."
"This is a beautiful love letter to the simple, soulful foods that bring together family and tradition, seasonality and sustainability. Sonoko Sakai presents the elements of a home-cooked Japanese meal with thoughtfulness and clarity, honoring the deep culinary heritage of Japan and celebrating the provenance of her local ingredients."–Alice Waters
"Sonoko Sakai's passion for the Japanese kitchen is matched only by her generosity as a teacher, and I am so glad to have this book to learn from for the rest of my life."
–Francis Lam, Host, The Splendid Table
"Sonoko Sakai's generous book walks us through the nuance and heritage of Japanese cooking in a comprehensive, useful, and soulful way. Japanese Home Cooking
makes it so we can achieve amazing results with ease–even when making homemade soba noodles. This book is a must read for any cook looking to tap into the depth of the Japanese culinary tradition."
–Travis Lett, author of Gjelina and chef/owner of MTN
"For anyone interested in Japanese home cooking, you could ask for no better teacher than Sonoko Sakai. Her approach is assured, thoughtful, and flexible, all at once. Her clear-as-a-bell recipes, enhanced always with stories from her singularly interesting life, lead to the most remarkable and delicious results. You need this book!"
–Rachel Khong, author of Goodbye, Vitamin