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Japanese Women Don't Get Old or Fat: Delicious slimming and anti-ageing secrets

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,075 ratings  ·  162 reviews
In Japan, people live longer than anywhere else on Earth; obesity is virtually unknown, and 40-year-old women look like they're 20. The secret: Japanese homestyle cooking, and an approach to eating that is not about self-deprivation, but about celebrating and savouring food.

Raised in Tokyo and on her grandparents' mountainside farm, author Naomi Moriyama first travelled to
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 3rd 2007 by Vermilion (first published November 8th 2005)
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Apr 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've covered half the book. So far i've reestablished that americans are fat. Not entirely caused by fast food as an american staple, but because we dont do that recommended 10,000 steps...Especially in california, our asses drive everywhere. Need to go to the post office? drive there. Need to buy groceries? Drive there. Need to go to your neighbors house? I know your ass is going to drive there if its hot outside. In Japan, people walk or ride a bicycle; even if they have three bags of grocerie ...more
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Japanese women don’t get fat!


Naomi Moriyama grew up in Japan, and later moved to Chicago and then New York. When she first moved to the U.S., she was surprised and even shocked by the first item she was served in the U.S.

A giant glass of orange juice.

How can anyone drink this, she thought. It’s way too big.

Quickly, however, she Americanized herself, eating larger portions, filling up on quick foods, hamburgers, ice cream and lots of dairy. She gained a lot of weight in a short time, so that
Mackenzie Roebuck-walsh
Jun 01, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mackenzie by: Sian Bowman
Some great recipes and tips- eat small portions, truly do eat your fruits and vegetables, make fruit your dessert, use a wok to cook veggies at a high heat which will let them keep their color ect.

I disagree with her on some points- just like her I gained 20 lbs- but it was moving to Japan from America- it is not the country that is the problem but what you choose to eat in that country. If you eat nothing but pizza and treats you will get fat. If you are not used to eating mountains of rice at
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: far-away-places, food
I really enjoyed French Women don't get fat and I love Japanese food, so there was very litte chance I wouldn't love this book. I don't think there are any diet secrets in here, just cook more at home and go out less, eat smaller portions, enjoy you food. It's the usual diet advice. But it is a very nice introduction to Japanese cooking. I love how once you get a few ingredients you can make most of the recipes. I've made some and find the Japanese Country Power Breakfast to be very good and pre ...more
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Naomi Moriyama grew up in Tokyo with a typical Japanese mom provided attractive, nourishing food for her daughter.,.on the strict orders of Naomi's school!

(On the first day of school, a teacher made a speech: "We request that every mother make lunch for your daughter every day. Our main theme at this school is to help our students learn how to be giving and loving. One of the ways your daughter learns this is from your love-packed lunch box.") Can you imagine hearing this kind of a message in an
Mar 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kcls, non-fiction
I liked copying the recipes and vocabulary down. I don't know when these might come in handy.
Good to know the different varieties of green tea, and how to properly brew and serve them. And also the different types of tofu, and how to handle them. The strength of this book is in the little details in how to serve, how to handle or how to choose ingredients.

I wished there were pictures to go along with the recipes, though.
Sophia Sun P.
Nov 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone who is really opposed to eating anything that isn't wrapped in tinfoil.
Found it at a garage sale, thank baby Jesus since I would have kicked myself in my none-but-I-wish-it-was-JLo behind. We know North Americans are fat, and fast food is available and abundant. We also know that Asians are of a smaller build, and may/may not have held a better diet.

What's funny is that the most chronic of all, disgustingly obsessed with being smaller then anyone else (anywhere!) are my Asian friends/relatives. They get a rice bowl, they cut it in half, they do drink miso because t
Jan 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was a huge inspiration to me, inspiring a new passion for food and changing the way I eat dramatically. This was not as some people labeled it, a dangerous diet fad endorced by Victoria Beckham that would turn its followers into celery-obcessed stick insects afraid of going out in a strong wind. Moriyama presents a food culture common to Japan's older generation that is fast becoming as alien to Japan's youth as it is to the west. Delving into her childhood, Moriyama takes us back to h ...more
Dec 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was charming and delightful and I loved the stories about Naomi's mother Chizuko. I now understand my own mom's obsession with food, freshness and umami. The typical Japanese child is well-fed and develops a very discriminating palate. Growing up, my mom never served rolls or bread with meals, but there was always a variety of vegetables -- no heavy sauces or gravy masking the fresh taste of the food. Sweets for dessert were unheard of and yet I never missed it. We always had fresh fru ...more
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an interesting book. I don't know if I'm extra hungry lately or what, but I have been more and more interested in books involving recipes. Especially from cuisine I'm less familiar with. This was a good book, and not nearly as as the title may suggest. It touts the traditional Japanese diet as a solution to weight gain and live longer, citing many studies. She is rather even-handed in mentioning criticisms that have been made of elements of the diet: soy, white rice and su ...more
I listened to this on audio, and enjoyed hearing the author read her own work. Her accent and her proper pronunciation of Japanese terms added to the telling of the book, which was sort of like an extended love letter to Japan and Japanese culture. The diet, as explained, does sound both tasty and healthy. It just sounds like a bit more bother than I'm used to, so I'm not sure I'll follow through on any of the recipes.
The audio is abridged--a newer audio would probably have an additional disc wi
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't particularly like the title of this book, but it appeared to be about a Japanese woman in America who returned to Japan to learn to cook from her mother - in the hopes of regaining her health. The book is about the Japanese love of food - but their ability to enjoy the best and freshest ingredients, appease their hunger, remain thin, and live long and happy lives. Moriyama was a bit repetitive in her writing - using the same phrases and anecdotes multiple times throughout the book, but I ...more
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to eat well and not become isolated to delicious meal
For me, this book was more like a recipe book. I love cooking authentic (not the Take out versions) Japanese and Chinese meals... any kind of international meal really. And being the daughter of a nutritionist that only follows the real facts-like how Canola Oil is really not the best thing in the world, yet people recommend it in Healthy recipe books-I wanted to help people eat delicious food and yet live a healthy life. I find it a shame that people need to eat such bland foods in order to los ...more
Suzanne Taylor
Eh, there were some great bits and some boring bits. While the author is right that the Japanese diet has more balance tan the American one (in general), it seems to me that she has no idea what actual Americans actually eat. She claims to live here, but she's constantly harping on how we Americans are ALWAYS eating pizza and burgers, and that we don't understand what true Japanese cooking is since it is not just sushi and noodles. Well news flash: the American home cooked diet is very different ...more
May 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won't say this book was wonderfully written, but it was very informative for someone like me that has no experience with Japanese cooking. At times I found it a little too shallow - there wasn't much depth to it, but I've been eating more Japanese food since and am really paranoid about the American diet lately, so I'm happy I read it and would recommend it to anyone who doesn't have a Japanese friend that they can get recipes or information from.
Feb 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, although the repetition of some information is rather annoying. The opening part of the book was rather predictive of this genre and unless you are a complete novice to nutrition or Japanese culture can be skimmed or skipped entirely to get into the actual cooking. I use recipes more as guides than exact, but I would say these are a good starting point.
Lidia Radzio
"Cook yourself. Use fresh ingredients. Don't overeat" - these are good advices, but nothing I haven't know before. I'm a bit disappointed, as I expected to discover something new about japanesee lifestyle and habits. I haven't.
It's a simple and a bit naive story of author growing up in Japan and going to America. And getting fat there. We get also description of basic groceries in her homeland and some recipes. I've tried to cook some of them but I'm not sure if I did well, as there are no pict
Too fishy for me :(
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read and interesting recipes. Half a cookbook, half a memorial. Would definitely recommend!
Mar 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad read but there wasn't anything enlightning here that hasn't already been said or isn't common sense. It was more of a reinforcement to eat smaller portions, lots of vegetables, lots of fish, cook lightly, use fresh ingridients, drink tea, and walk whenever possible. I did learn that Japanese seem to eat rice at every meal, including breakfast and even cook rice with green tea, but was I surprised by it? Not really. This was more about the author's experience growing up in a Japanese ki ...more

Total rip off from the ' French women don't get fat ' book, whether that is a true statement or not.

They say imitation is the best flattery, but not when it comes to writing books or creating the title, it just makes you look unoriginal and uninspiring.

Everybody gets old, if you live long enough so the title is ridiculous.
Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-nonfiction
I like eating, so I liked this book. She made me rethink what food I like. I've never loved fish, and I only make the same 3 vegetable sides over and over. She made me want to branch out. I want some onigiri and lots of sauteed veggies! I'm not going fully Japanese style any time soon, but I'm excited to try a few of those recipes. She's no Barbara Kingsolver, but I enjoyed the new info.
Deborah Berberi
Yeah, right...Japanese women may not get fat!!! unless they live in the U.S. with a McDonalds right around the corner. If I could live like a Japanese woman...I would. I think I would be eating a hundred rice patties a day then! This book made me hungry for really good Japanese food and lots of it! She talks about food pretty much the entire time.
May 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
Absolutely lovely. A study of the healthful Japanese diet and a guide to creating your own Tokyo kitchen, as well as anecdotal stories from the author's life, liberally sprinkled with some delicious-sounding and simple, approachable recipes. A fun and enlightening read, and definitely hunger-inducing!
Apr 16, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in losing weight via the Japanese diet.
Shelves: booksreadinjapan
The food descriptions in this book made me want to go out and start cooking more Japanese food. So I did! The recipes in this book are easy to prepare, and you can learn a lot about Japanese home cooked food -- not restaurant food, that`s definitely not healthy! (Shocking I know.)
Dec 24, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is too cool - great recipes, techniques, ingredients and the way of Japanese cooking. Healthy and natural, common sense food preparation. Nice resource as well as insights into a new way of making, seeing, and eating food.
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love it! This book put me back in the kitchen after being sick and not wanting to cook for a while. The recipes in here are great and the tips Moriyama suggests aren't too difficult to follow. Been cooking out of this book since I got it.
I really enjoyed "French Women Don't get Fat", and Although this book is written by a different author, I figured I would like this one as much. It did not resonate with me the way the French Women books did. It was just OK....not really for me.
Dec 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this book! Japanese women live longest and have the lowest obesity rate on earth ... why and how is this possible? read my full review on my blog Guiltless Reading.
Jul 30, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Full of herself, but not charming. Recipes were good.
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Naomi Moriyama is a Manhattan mom and author of “Secrets of the World’s Healthiest Children: Why Japanese Children Have the Longest, Healthiest Lives — and How Yours Can, Too” (translated into 8 languages so far), “Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat: Secrets of My Mother’s Tokyo Kitchen” (translated into 21 languages), and “The Japan Diet: 30 Days to a Slimmer You”. Naomi has served as Chief Mark ...more
“Il piatto di carote e tofu di mamma Ingredienti per 4 persone Carico di fragranti semi di sesamo tostati, questo miscuglio di carote e tofuè uno dei miei piatti preferiti. Si tratta di una creazione di mia madre; durante il liceo fu un contorno importante nel mio cestino del pranzo. Sebbene lo mangi spesso caldo con il riso appena fatto, è squisito anche freddo, specie sul pane integrale tostato! 2 pani di usu-age tofu (tofu fritto sottile) da 8 x 13 cm 2 cucchiai di aceto di riso 2 cucchiaini da tè di zucchero semolato 2 cucchiaini da tè di sake 2 cucchiaini da tè di salsa di soia a basso contenuto di sodio 1 cucchiaino da tè di sale 1 cucchiaio di olio di semi di mais 600 gr di carote tagliate a fiammifero 26 gr di semi di sesamo tostati e macinati (vedere pag. 105) 2 cucchiaini da tè di olio di semi di sesamo tostati Mettete a bollire una piccola pentola d’acqua. Aggiungete l’usuage tofu e lasciatelo cuocere gentilmente a fuoco medio per un minuto, mescolando di tanto in tanto, poi scolate: servirà a rimuovere l’olio in eccesso. Tagliate il tofu a metà sul lato lungo, quindi affettatelo in strisce sottili. Aggiungete aceto, zucchero, sake, salsa di soia e sale in una piccola ciotola e mescolate fino a quando lo zucchero non si sarà completamente disciolto. Scaldate l’olio in un’ampia padella a fiamma alta. Aggiungete le carote e i bocconi di usu-age tofu e fateli rosolare per circa 3 minuti o fin quando le carote risulteranno croccanti e tenere. Abbassate la fiamma e aggiungete la miscela di soia. Continuate la cottura per altri 2 minuti o finché il tutto non risulterà tenero. Spegnete il fuoco; spargete i semi di sesamo e spruzzate dell’olio di semi di sesamo tostati. Trasferite il tutto in un piatto da portata.” 0 likes
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