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Kansha: Celebrating Japan's Vegan and Vegetarian Traditions
The celebration of Japan’s vegan and vegetarian traditions begins with kansha—appreciation—an expression of gratitude for nature’s gifts and the efforts and ingenuity of those who transform nature’s bounty into marvelous food. The spirit of kansha, deeply rooted in Buddhist philosophy and practice, encourages all cooks to prepare nutritionally sound and aesthetically satis ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Ten Speed Press
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Absolutely the finest cookbook Ive ever read. Granted this may be because I am biased towards Japanese cooking and vegetarian recipes, but Andoh explains pretty much everything in striking detail and boasts wonderful pictures (we all know thats what makes a good cookbook GREAT). But seriously, reading this (and cooking from it in the past months at least once a week) has proven to be itself a cooking class with Andoh. Here's hoping one day I'll be able to take one of hers in Japan...
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Feb 26, 2011 Rachel rated it 3 of 5 stars
The principle reasoning of this cookbook I really enjoyed, namely that Kansha is an appreciation of nature and the food it provides and this cookbook is supposed to "encourage all cooks to prepare nutritionally sound and aesthetically satisfying meals that avoid waste (inside front flap, Andoh)," which I think is a great idea. The author gives the example of using an entire daikon radish, from the trimmings and leafy top to the entire part of the root itself. The author is an American who moved ...more
Over the past few years my husband and I have wanted to learn more about Japanese cooking. This was our first real foray into learning something beyond miso soup. I loved this book--as a cookbook I did not read it cover to cover, but the whole introduction, list of ingredients, and cooked various recipes in the book. This style of cooking is very different than I am used to. There is an emphasis on care and thought about how the whole meal will be presented and with balanced color, texture, tast ...more
This cook book is filled with simple vegan and vegetarian Japanese meals(mostly vegan). The dishes are simple and quick to cook up. It's all about celebrating the flavors of nature and cooking in season. There's no complicated dishes with 100 different ingredients. There's just enough to add flavor with out over powering the dish. The vegetables are the star and the dishes make them shine.