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Japanese Farm Food by Nancy Singleton Hachisu
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Sep 07, 12

Read in September, 2012

I don't generally read books about food, but the description of this from some forgotten internet review made it seem like something I'd enjoy--life on a Japanese farm. With food. When I read the review, the author was listed just as Nancy Hachisu, so I thought that the author was at least partially Asian, and not fully Caucasian; I don't know if this actually makes a difference, but this book is definitely geared towards a Western/mainland US audience, and I couldn't really "see" through the author's eyes. Nor could I get comfortable with her writing style--some of the anecdotes are filled with pointless information that does nothing to help nor entertain, there are overly florid descriptions of things that I believe are meant to romanticize but made me roll my eyes (I couldn't read a story about her husband's pecans--described as "dusky nuts"--without wincing). Still, I am no expert on Japanese food, so I appreciated the glossary and the descriptions given of key Japanese culinary items, although some ingredients were described thoroughly and others seemed dashed off and left me still in the dark as to what it actually is. The book makes a point that ratios are more important than actual measurements, but the recipes are done with actual measurements, not ratios.

I have yet to try any of the recipes but they look interesting and not entirely bog-standard. They may be good enough for me to change this to a better rated book
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