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Kansha: Celebrating Japan's Vegan and Vegetarian Traditions

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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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Apr 11, 2011 Daniella rated it it was amazing
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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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
Aug 04, 2011 Tisha rated it liked it
Apparently I need pictures, not words, to sell me on a cookbook. This book had too many words (stories, explanations, etc) and not enough photos for me to get too interested.
Feb 25, 2016 Arlian rated it liked it
3.5 stars, really.

I liked the concept of this book--traditionally vegan Japanese food? Yes, please! But I feel like this book wasn't really sure who its audience was, so it was a little all over the place.

For example, the author makes a point to use mostly Japanese terms and ingredient names (like, she gives the Japanese names for shredding, mincing, salt, soy sauce, bamboo shoots, etc etc). However, her romaji is weird--I believe it's the Hepburn-Shiki, not the Nihon-Shiki or the Kurei-Shiki.
Timothy Ferguson
Jan 28, 2015 Timothy Ferguson rated it really liked it
This beautiful book is based on the Buddhist vegetarian tradition. It isn’t as finicky as you might expect, because it reflects a monastic tradition based on simplicity. Indeed, in certain forms, this tradition is based on cooking ingredients gathered by begging. The visual composition of the book is bright and modern. Highly recommended for vegetarian cooks.

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Margaret Heller
Jan 29, 2012 Margaret Heller rated it really liked it
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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
Olrun Bjarnylr
Apr 23, 2014 Olrun Bjarnylr rated it liked it
Interesting but too...something. I feel indifferent to the book overall.
Samantha Arias
Dec 12, 2013 Samantha Arias rated it it was amazing
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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.
Elisabeth (Enthralled by the Written Word)
Pretty fantastic recipes and a neat look at a certain culture of food in Japan.
Oct 11, 2011 Autumn rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbooks, japan
Only if you are super hardcore. But if you are, all the information is right here. I recognize that this is a spectacular book, I'm just way too lazy to use any of the ideas in practice.
Mar 08, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it
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I'm not sure how to rate cookbooks but I literally want to eat all of the pictures so that's probably a good sign. I'll try a recipe this weekend.
Mar 09, 2014 Maya rated it it was amazing
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Drool worthy. Absolutely gorgeous photography. I'm working on assembling some of the ingredients as they are not standard fare in my area.
Jul 31, 2012 Yodamom rated it really liked it
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An excellent vegetarian cookbook for Japanese cuisine. Easy to use and filled with beautiful pictures.
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