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Mochi Magic: 50 Traditional and Modern Recipes for the Japanese Treat

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Mochi — the traditional Japanese treat made of chewy rice dough — is a popular and versatile vehicle for all kinds of sweet and savory fillings, and easily molded into adorable shapes and characters that define Japan’s culture of cuteness. Food writer Kaori Becker’s easy-to-follow techniques for creating and cooking with mochi deliver the perfect mix of fun and tradition. ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 24th 2020 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The only thing I knew about mochi previous to reading this book was that they're delicious! I hadn't even heard about them till four years ago when my BF (he's obessesed with everything japanese) introduce me to them. I had never thought about making them myself cause I thought it would be very complicated but this book proved me wrong.

It's divided in several chapters (basics, dough, fillings, decorating...) with some FAQ at the beginning of each chapter, making this book a pretty good one for b
Rebecca Reviews
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Kaori Becker’s Mochi Magic is an excellent, well-detailed, and beautiful recipe book. I love the range of easy-to-follow sweet and savoury recipes as well as the stunning full-coloured pictures. This book is so amazing that I bought the ebook before I even finished my review!

Mochi is a type of delicious sticky rice cake made from sweet Japanese short-grain rice. I love mochi and I had no idea it was so versatile. I learned a lot about Japanese culture in this book. The recipes are clearly writt
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am going to try out out all the recipes from this cute cookbook. Each page is brimming with so many enticing pictures, it's truly hard to resist now!

The thing I loved most about the book was how the author drew parallels between the traditional food and it's impact in daily life, how it brings family and friends together to create wonderful memories. It reminded me of the festivities where all our family and friends gather together to cook and enjoy together.

Each recipe has FAQs along with som
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review!

I love Japan, I love cooking, and I love mochi (tried it out once). So this book had to be clicked and requested on Netgalley. I wanted to see how this writer makes mochi (I know a couple of ways but maybe the author had a new one), and I wanted to see cute mochi and how to make them.

I have to say I haven’t tried any of the recipes. While the author says that it is easy to get the ingredients, I have never seen mochiko here in a
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Mochi Magic by Kaori Becker is a recipe book that any mochi fan out there will want to try. It is a delightful and entertaining process that is well explained in the book. The easy to follow instructions and whimsical images will have any beginner creating mochi in no time.

The way the author has written and organized this book gives a relatively easy process to make mochi. There is also a very detailed introduction that describes the author’s experiences and how s
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, 2020
I very much enjoy eating mochi but had yet to dive into any recipes. Never a better time for a mochi recipe book that I'm more than eager to pick a few recipes from and give them a whirl! (e-galley from NetGalley) ...more
May 30, 2021 added it
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Made the mochi donuts. Cute illustrations!
Marie Raymond
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
At last, a cookbook devoted to MOCHI!!!

An advanced review copy was provided to me by Storey Publishing through NetGalley, and here are my thoughts:

I am lucky, mochi-wise. I have pounded mochi in a wooden tub during some community events in Japan, and having lived in Japan and Taiwan, it is pretty easy to find delicious mochi being sold everywhere.

Not many people in modern day Japan actually make mochi regularly, if ever, because of the ease of purchasing it and the time involved in making it. Ho
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Soon to be published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Mochi Magic is a very cool introduction and tutorial recipe guide to the Japanese treat mochi written by Kaori Becker. Due out 24th Nov 2020 from Storey Publishing, it's 192 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats.

This is a creative and useful guide to making, shaping, and enjoying mochi. The book has a nice, easy to follow layout. The introductory chapter and how-to tutorial covers the basic tools, ingredients, and basic how
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, food-drink
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I enjoy quirky cook books, so when I saw this on Netgalley I knew I wanted to find out more, especially as the pictures on the front look so enticing.

Mochi is a sticky rice cake made from a sweet Japanese short-grained rice, but has a neutral taste so can be eaten with soya sauce or filled with sweet fillings. The majority of this book focuses on sweet fillings and a handful of savoury. In a way Mochi looks like a cross between a batter that is cooked into a dough and Turkish De
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I’ve eaten various foods using mochi over the years, so I was excited to buy this book when my friend recommended it to me. I had no idea about the wide range of foods once can make with mochi or the history behind mochi, so I found this to be an interesting read. Plus, each recipe made me want to rush off and make it, especially the ones I’ve never tried before.

Inside, you’ll find a bit of history about mochi, how to make it from scratch, the differences between traditional and modern mochi, an
Samantha Josephine
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love eating mochi. Every time I see it at the local Asian grocery story or on the menu, I always order this to snack on later. In fact, I always have mochi from My/Mo in my freezer at all times! So when I came across this book, I was delighted to be able to recreate this delicious treat at home!

What I love about this book were the colorful graphics and text features that were visually appealing. The recipes are easy to follow with accompanying graphics describing most of the steps.

Did you kno
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, netgalley, food
Read this review and more on my blog.

I received a free copy of Mochi Magic from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

If you ask almost anyone who has been to Japan, they will say that mochi is something that you should not miss out on. It is soft and chewy and sweet, the perfect post-tea snack.

Mochi Magic is broken down into 7 different sections: Mochi-making basics, Daifuku (Filled) Mochi: The Dough, Daifuku (Filled) Mochi: The Fillings, Decorating Mochi, Pounded Mochi, Odango, and B
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is such a cute book and I loved how it was so easily laid out (for people like me who have no idea what they are doing!)

The book is laid out is sections covering
Mochi basics
Different doughs
Different fillings
pounded mochi
and Baked mochi

I enjoyed reading about making the mochi and the ingredients that are needed. Unfortunately a lot of the basic ingredients are very difficult to find in rural Ireland! It hasn't put me off though I will find whats needed and try making some!
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a cute and fun book!

This book is a great guide to making mochi from the dough, possible fillings, and cooking techniques to cute decorations to bring them to life! I appreciate that this book was educational in differentiating types of mochi and how they're created and cooked.

I would have liked more pictures, especially when talking about the dough to get an idea of what it should look like. But otherwise the
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
I was given an e-arc by Netgalley in exchange of my honest opinion.
Mochi is a food I've always been interested in trying to taste (mostly because of anime and korean dramas) but sadly in my country it isn't popular enough (yet) for me to be able to buy my own from somebody who knows how to make it. That's one of the reasons I requested this book and I'm glad that I did. This book shows you the basics, step by step, describing what materials you need, the different ways you can cook mochi, the fi
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an eARC courtesy of Storey Publishing & NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I have never made Mochi, but I do find it delicious! The recipes and accompanying photos make this seem like something I can actually accomplish. And from a professional side, I'm buying this to pair with my anime club. With any luck after this pandemic was past, we can get back to some food programming because I think this is one that teens would love to learn!

For libraries: I think this will be a perf
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mochi Magic: 50 Traditional and Modern Recipes for the Japanese Treat. By Kaori Becker. 2020. Storey Publishing (ARC eBook).

Mochi Magic shows how the traditional Japanese treat, mochi is versatile and yummy! With definitions of ingredients, a list of tools and magical pictures of pretty and cute mochi, the step-by-step recipes are informative and will offer up possibilities for any occasion. The matcha truffle, haupia pudding and ice cream daifuku sure do look sweet to me!

*Storey Publishing ARC
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mochi. I have tried making mochi a couple of times. When I saw the cover of this book, oh I could make the mochi this way too? I didn't realize there is more to learn about mochi. This book will tell you anything you need to know about making mochi. It is simple, but yet you need to know the basics. The book is more about the introduction to mochi, things you need to prepare before making mochi, and what you can do with mochi (baked, steamed, or boiled) There are many easy recipes in this book. ...more
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book received for free through NetGalley

I was curious about mochi so when I saw this book I jumped on reading it. The book was amazingly detailed. There’s an awesome introduction and the recipes are sectioned in a straightforward manner. I didn’t looked for the ingredients or attempt to make them but the images make you salivate. Can totally see getting this whether you’re new to mochi and curious or experienced eating mochi and wanting to take time to make your own. I know I gained an appreciat
Jan 15, 2021 rated it liked it
A cute little book that focuses more on mochiko than mochi itself, but does draw the distinction and speak of the history of mochi. The illustrations are beautiful and the directions are very clear. The author also includes authentic and traditional uses of mochi. If you have an interest in mochi, this is the book for you.
I am rating slightly down just for the physical structure of the book which is not really great for a cookbook where readers would want to keep it open to follow the instructi
Mar 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I love experimenting with new ingredients and cooking styles and this did not disappoint at all! I've been interested in trying to make mochi for awhile and honestly had no idea where to start. This book has step by step guides and while I've only made one batch, it's a start. (Mine were admittedly much less attractive than the ones in the book). My daughter enjoyed helping with these as well and I am sure we will try again soon.

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an
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This book is adorable and really informative from start to finish of how to make your very own Mochi treats!
I've never tried Mochi but have always wanted too and this book of recipes gives very thorough and easy to follow step by step instructions that seem easy to do to make Mochi treats. I'm going to give it a go at making them soon and finally get to try some!
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley for the advanced copy of this book.

I love this book! I have been itching to make mochi for years but I have never really found a comprehensive recipe bookuntil now. A beautiful book, very informative, easy to follow instructions, plenty of fillings to try and I loved reading about the authors experience with family and mochi. I will be buying a copy of this to add to my collection.
Gracie Lei
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Mochi Magic" is very informative. The author takes you through four different ways to make mochi, from the simplest, to the most traditional, to the more innovative (and least traditional). Not only is the reader provided with the basic techniques to make the mochi, but the author includes ways the reader can make it their own with different flavors and fillings. This book opens up a realm of different possibilities with mochi creations (including how to decorate and make them cute. ...more
Cozy Book Spot
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is so cute! I ate a lot of mochi when I went to Japan last year and I'm excited to try these recipes and my own mochi at home! This book is well organized, clear, and colorful! All the recipes have pictures and they are great! It also explains the techniques! Awesome! I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
We love this book! We have always wanted to try making mocha, especially for our daughter, as a wee treat. This book tells you all about the details of making them, what types there are, recipes and how to create them in a cute way. We love it and really enjoyed trying them out, and will continue to try more!
Stephanie Spafford
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cook-books
Mochi Magic is a fun cookbook full of a plethora of ideas for making mochi. Kaori Becker, the mochi expert, guides you through the process of making mochi and having fun with it. While I don't plan on making mochi often, if I did I would definitely reach for this book.

This review is based on NetGalley ARC provided in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.
Michelle Noble
Jul 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I just discovered mochi last year, and I am in love! This book is a god-send! The author breaks everything down to the very basics, and she goes step-by-step with wonderful color pictures. I love how easy she makes it to make them, and decorate them, so that my mochi turn out just like the pictures! I highly recommend this cookbook!
Caroline Barrett
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
My daughter loves mochi and all things kawaii, so I thought this would be a fun book we could enjoy together.

I really enjoyed reading about mochi and the recipes sounded delicious but I couldn't quite muster the energy to make anything.
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Kaori Becker is the author of Mochi Magic and a cook specializing in Japanese cuisine. Growing up "hapa" (half-Japanese) in the Bay Area, she was drawn to her mother's Japanese home cooking, especially sweets and baked goods. Together with her mother, Becker runs Kaori's Kitchen, a Bay Area cooking school featuring popular mochi classes. Kaori's popular and unique 5-course Mochi-making classes ins ...more

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