Tokyo New Wave

Andrea Fazzari is a Tokyo based photographer and writer who specializes in portraiture, travel, and the culinary world. In her stunning book, Tokyo New Wave: 31 Chefs Defining Japan's Next Generation, with Recipes showcases the new talent of Tokyo's vibrant food scene brilliantly.

Profiles of 31 chefs are featured along with portraits, interviews and recipes. The photography is outstanding and is the heart of this title along with city scenes. The soul lies in the interviews and recipes that deliver a glimpse into Tokyo and those who are shaping the future of one of the world's most dynamic food cities.

A young and charismatic generation is redefining what it means to be a chef in Tokyo. Open to the world and its influences, these chefs have traveled more than their predecessors, have lived abroad, speak other languages, and embrace social media. Yet they still remain distinctly Japanese, influenced by a style, tradition, and terroir to which they are inextricably linked. This combination of the old and the new is on display in Tokyo New Wave, a transporting cookbook and armchair travel guide that captures this moment in Japanese cuisine and brings it to a savvy global audience.

While there are only 26 recipes here, they are inspiring along with the photographs that accompany them. Reading through this book has me for the first time longing to visit Japan just as much as I want to experience Italy and other European  destinations. Tokyo New Wave is stunning and a must have. 

Special thanks to Ten Speed Press for sharing a recipe for our members to try and for providing three copies in our US giveaway below.

Tomato, strawberry, and beet salad with kefir mousse [Yuji Tani, House]
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For my dishes and their presentation, I am always inspired by the four seasons and nature, like the sea, mountains, rivers, and forests. I recall my visits to these places and create recipes that reflect how I felt and what I experienced. Color is also of great importance to me. Ultimately, I strive to create my own kind of homey food.

Kefir mousse

  • 10 ounces goat milk kefir
  • 1⁄2 cup heavy cream

Beet compote

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 ounces beets, peeled and cut into 1⁄4-inch slices

Salad

  • 3 1⁄2 ounces colorful cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and cut into 1⁄4-inch slices
  • Salt
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
  • 12 colorful edible flowers, for garnish
  • 6 sprigs mint, for garnish

Serves 2

To make the kefir mousse, line a sieve with parchment paper and set it over a bowl. Pour the kefir into the sieve and leave it overnight to strain.

The next morning, discard the liquid in the bottom of the kefir bowl. In another bowl, whisk the cream with a hand mixer until it forms soft peaks, about 3 minutes. Fold in the strained kefir until combined.

To make the compote, combine the water, sugar, salt, and beets in a pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer until a toothpick inserted into a beet slice encounters no resistance, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the beets cool in the mixture. Drain the beets, reserving the liquid for a sauce. Reserve 1⁄4 cup of the beet compote for the salad and store the rest for another use.

Boil the beet cooking liquid over high heat until it's about one-­fifth of the volume. Remove from the heat and let cool. Reserve 2 teaspoons of the sauce for the salad and store the rest for another use.

To make the salad, toss together the tomatoes and strawberries in a large bowl with salt to taste. Place them in a single layer on a serving plate, leaving some space in between the pieces. In the same bowl, stir together the reserved 2 teaspoons beet sauce, the olive oil, and pomegranate seeds, then spoon the mixture over the salad. Dot the reserved 1⁄4 cup beet compote in the spaces between the fruit.

Fill a pastry bag fitted with the 1⁄16-­inch tip with the kefir mousse and squeeze about 1 tablespoon of it onto the plate in the spaces between the fruit and beet compote. Garnish the plate with the edible flowers and mint. Serve immediately.

Note: You will need to start this recipe at least a day ahead.

Reprinted from TOKYO NEW WAVE Copyright © 2018 by Andrea Fazzari. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

 

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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43 Comments

  • ravensfan  on  3/23/2018 at 6:32 PM

    Chicken and egg over rice

  • heyjude  on  3/23/2018 at 7:51 PM

    Sardine Gazpacho

  • jmay42066  on  3/23/2018 at 9:49 PM

    Owan potato salad [Kuniatsu Kondo, Owan]

  • bettinab  on  3/24/2018 at 2:21 AM

    Pumpkin lasagne

  • JenJoLa  on  3/24/2018 at 3:57 PM

    The Tomato, strawberry, and beet salad with kefir mousse [Yuji Tani, House] looks good!

  • kmn4  on  3/24/2018 at 4:52 PM

    Konatsu lemongrass sorbet [Yosuke Suga, Sugalabo]

  • choppergirl  on  3/25/2018 at 7:08 AM

    Galician-style octopus with potato chips [Shinya Otsuchihashi, Craftale]

  • RSW  on  3/25/2018 at 6:57 PM

    Pumpkin lasagne [Toshifumi Nakahigashi, Erba da Nakahigashi]

  • sgump  on  3/26/2018 at 4:12 PM

    I lived in Japan in the 1990s, and the chicken and egg over rice (oyako-donburi) looks very comforting, indeed, with nothing unexpected in the ingredients list. (And I must point out that "oyako" means "parent-child"--always a nice lesson for nomenclature when investigating linguistic representation in cultural mores.)

  • LaurenE  on  3/26/2018 at 4:29 PM

    Chicken and egg over rice

  • Uhmandanicole  on  3/27/2018 at 12:13 AM

    Salted aged pork belly with lentils and poached egg

  • rchesser  on  3/27/2018 at 12:19 PM

    The Tomato, strawberry, and beet salad with kefir mousse.

  • EmilyR  on  3/28/2018 at 1:27 AM

    Konatsu lemongrass sorbet [Yosuke Suga, Sugalabo]

  • Scotsman61  on  3/28/2018 at 9:51 PM

    Konatsu lemongrass sorbet

  • AnnaZed  on  3/29/2018 at 1:10 AM

    Uni in soy Béchamel sauce [Zaiyu Hasesgawa, Den]

  • t.t  on  3/29/2018 at 2:17 AM

    Takazawa sashimi

  • Sfgordon  on  3/29/2018 at 12:38 PM

    Nectarine and burrata salad with fermented tomato jelly

  • Dannausc  on  3/30/2018 at 5:43 PM

    salted tuna with beets and olives

  • deucemom  on  3/30/2018 at 9:06 PM

    Konatsu lemongrass sorbet [Yosuke Suga, Sugalabo]

  • Aproporpoise  on  3/30/2018 at 9:30 PM

    I want to try the fermented tomato Jelly!!

  • HelenB  on  3/31/2018 at 9:53 PM

    Chicken and egg over rice

  • Shelley.b  on  4/1/2018 at 3:18 PM

    Pumpkin lasagne

  • Jenamarie  on  4/2/2018 at 9:03 AM

    Sardine gazpacho

  • itadakimasu  on  4/2/2018 at 6:40 PM

    Sardine Gazpacho!

  • Teruska  on  4/8/2018 at 4:26 PM

    Galician-style octopus with potato chips. I am always looking for new ways to enjoy octopus and/or squid.

  • auntietina  on  4/10/2018 at 2:24 AM

    Galician-style octopus with potato chips

  • verorenee  on  4/11/2018 at 3:03 PM

    Beef cutlet

  • RickPearson54  on  4/15/2018 at 11:44 AM

    beef cutlet

  • pigpig  on  4/15/2018 at 12:06 PM

    Saffron risotto with abalone

  • jim.windle  on  4/15/2018 at 1:02 PM

    Wagyu beef wrapped sea urchin!!!!

  • AsTheNight  on  4/15/2018 at 4:38 PM

    The first recipe I'd try is Chicken and egg over rice (Oyako-donburi). It sounds like it'd simple, yet still look (and be) different.

  • rachael_mc  on  4/15/2018 at 6:39 PM

    Galician-style octopus with potato chips

  • PeavineBlues  on  4/16/2018 at 8:25 AM

    Negimaki

  • infotrop  on  4/16/2018 at 11:01 AM

    Salted tuna with beets and olives (or another tuna species, as long as it's certified sustainable)

  • VeryVigario  on  4/19/2018 at 8:16 PM

    Salted aged pork belly with lentils and poached egg... sounds like something very interesting!

  • Siegal  on  4/24/2018 at 10:34 AM

    I want to Make pumpkin lasagna

  • Katiefayhutson  on  4/27/2018 at 9:13 PM

    Chicken and egg over rice

  • marsmomma  on  4/28/2018 at 9:39 PM

    Pumpkin lasagne [Toshifumi Nakahigashi, Erba da Nakahigashi]

  • MiMi60  on  4/28/2018 at 10:00 PM

    Owan potato salad

  • motherofpearl81  on  5/1/2018 at 11:51 AM

    Chargrilled young ayu with tade tea

  • jigglesfrog  on  5/1/2018 at 2:29 PM

    pumpkin lasagne

  • Senkimekia  on  5/2/2018 at 7:23 PM

    Salted tuna with beets and olives

  • Karla123  on  5/2/2018 at 7:58 PM

    Nectarine and burrata salad with fermented tomato jelly

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