Japan – The Cookbook

Nancy Singleton Hachisu is a trusted voice with regard to Japanese cuisine. Japanese Farm Food and Preserving the Japanese Way: Traditions of Salting, Fermenting, and Pickling for the Modern Kitchen are two treasured volumes in my collection. Her books have a beautiful elegance about them while being approachable and authoritative. Nancy has brought Japanese food into my wheelhouse unlike any other author. 

Her latest, Japan: The Cookbook, brings the iconic and regional dishes of Japan’s traditional cuisine from a particular moment in time (the 1970’s and 1980’s) to home cooks. This comprehensive tome shares 400 recipes divided into 15 chapters by course and explores every part of Japan’s home cooking from that era which is defined by clear, elegant flavors and beautiful colors.

Full page photographs bring to life the recipes that are organized by course from Before the Meal (zensai) through Sweets (kanmi) with a final chapter entitled Chefs where Japanese chefs are profiled along with recipes. Nancy has the ability to present recipes in an approachable manner with still conveying an appreciation for the art of pulling together a dish.

I just received the book late last week but have spent time reading through the recipes and find myself very much enamoured with this book which may be my favorite title of the author’s to date. Later this week the Fried chicken meatballs with nori and Shiso-perfumed rice are on the menu. I will report back with my photos and thoughts. For a look inside this remarkable book, see our EYB Book Preview.

Nancy is touring and her events have been added to our calendar. I am excited to visit with her at the Brooklyn Kitchen when I’m in New York later this month. 

Four recipes from Japan The Cookbook are available through our EYB Recipe Preview and are set out below. 


You will want to order this book and when you do please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided. 

Special thanks to Phaidon and Nancy Singleton Hachisu for participating in our EYB Book and Recipe Preview and for providing two copies of this title in our giveaway below open to US, CA, UK, NZ and AU.  

The publisher is offering two copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, UK, CA, NZ and AU. 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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  • Kristjudy  on  April 9, 2018

    Rolled crab and nori omelette

  • Sueskitchen  on  April 9, 2018

    Shiso-wrapped shishito peppers!

  • SilverSage  on  April 9, 2018

    Fragrant miso-simmered daikon

  • rchesser  on  April 9, 2018

    Chicken terrine .

  • dbielick  on  April 9, 2018

    Seven spice chicken

  • kmn4  on  April 9, 2018

    Japanese chicken noodle soup

  • Scotsman61  on  April 9, 2018

    Shiso-wrapped shishito peppers

  • aoiwowie  on  April 9, 2018

    Daikon and Tuna Salad, or Burdock Salad.

  • Zosia  on  April 10, 2018


  • sarahawker  on  April 10, 2018

    Dashi egg with garlic chives

  • sgump  on  April 10, 2018

    I used to live in Japan, so I'm happy to see lots of familiar recipes, such as "stir-fried burdock and carrot" (a.k.a. kinpira gobou). Lovely!

  • GregH  on  April 10, 2018

    Fermented napa cabbage (Hakusai no tsukemono)

  • sir_ken_g  on  April 10, 2018

    Dashi egg with garlic chives

  • heyjude  on  April 10, 2018

    Yuzu-Dressed Spinach

  • contest718  on  April 10, 2018

    Quail eggs and chicken balls

  • Steben  on  April 10, 2018

    Vinegared crab and cucumber with yuzu

  • DarcyVaughn  on  April 10, 2018

    Dashi-simmered cabbage rolls

  • ravensfan  on  April 11, 2018

    Eggplant with smashed edamame

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  April 12, 2018

    I would like tot try making the Fragrant miso-simmered daikon.

  • kedmiston  on  April 12, 2018

    I would like to try the Shiso-wrapped shishito peppers. Everything sounds delicious!

  • ccav  on  April 12, 2018

    Burdock salad sounds wonderful, but honestly so many things do. Love her other books.

  • sugo  on  April 12, 2018

    Shiso-wrapped shishito peppers

  • lgroom  on  April 13, 2018


  • Livia  on  April 14, 2018

    It has got to be the Kastudon 🙂

  • Indio32  on  April 14, 2018

    Another vote for kastudon

  • shellee  on  April 15, 2018

    Spinach with walnuts

  • Veestar14  on  April 15, 2018

    Simmered chicken and vegetables

  • rachael_mc  on  April 15, 2018

    Quail Eggs and Chicken Balls!!

  • LaurenE  on  April 15, 2018

    Japanese chicken noodle soup

  • antpantsii  on  April 16, 2018

    Vinegared octupus with wakame

  • Carolyn99  on  April 16, 2018

    Really like the small plate recipes, Japanese tapas. I would try the mustard dressed squid and cucumber, P100 first.

  • tarae1204  on  April 17, 2018

    asparagus with sesame vinegar dressing

  • danielis  on  April 17, 2018

    Ginger-soy chicken rice bowl – sounds delish!!

  • Aproporpoise  on  April 17, 2018

    I love simple Japanese dishes – definitely going to go with the bamboo rice to start.

  • robynsanyal  on  April 18, 2018

    Yuzu-Dressed Spinach, simple!

  • munki  on  April 19, 2018

    Natto with egg and garlic chives.

  • t.t  on  April 20, 2018

    Eggplant with smashed edamame

  • RSW  on  April 21, 2018

    Eggplant with smashed edamame

  • EmilyR  on  April 23, 2018

    Eggplant with smashed edamame

  • verorenee  on  April 23, 2018


  • Karla123  on  April 23, 2018

    Fiddlehead ferns with smashed tofu and walnuts …sounds intriguing.

  • TheHummer  on  April 24, 2018

    Japanese fried chicken (Chicken karaage)

  • essptee  on  April 26, 2018

    Gingko nuts definitely

  • jd5761  on  April 26, 2018

    Shiso-perfumed rice for me

  • fbrunetti  on  April 27, 2018

    Cabbage with hot sesame vinegar

  • trudys_person  on  April 27, 2018

    Miso chicken balls and napa soup sounds good!

  • Cornfed23  on  April 27, 2018

    county miso soup

  • AnnaZed  on  April 27, 2018

    Daikon and tuna salad

  • Dannausc  on  April 28, 2018

    Daikon and tuna salad

  • Laura1  on  April 28, 2018

    Eggplant with smashed edamame

  • zeni  on  April 28, 2018

    Lotus "croquettes"

  • Lizzbethh  on  April 29, 2018

    Eggplant with smashed edamame – perfect for meatless Monday.

  • Teruska  on  April 29, 2018

    So many recipes I would like to try but, honestly Spicy Steamed Carrot Stems immediately piqued my interest. We are always trying to get our CSA members to try new things and use all the parts of their share!

  • mombaker247  on  April 30, 2018

    Country miso soup. Thanks for all of your informative and delicious books.

  • Katiefayhutson  on  April 30, 2018

    Cabbage with hot sesame vinegar

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  April 30, 2018

    the shiso-wrapped shishito peppers found on page 39
    of Japan: The Cookbook by Nancy Singleton Hachisu sound interesting

  • sywcindy  on  May 1, 2018

    Chestnut ice cream!

  • motherofpearl81  on  May 1, 2018

    Dashi egg with garlic chives

  • madelainelc  on  May 1, 2018

    Grilled eggplant miso soup

  • janv  on  May 1, 2018

    One-pot pork and napa cabbage

  • jmay42066  on  May 1, 2018

    Seven spice chicken

  • MiMi60  on  May 1, 2018

    Quail eggs and chicken balls

  • jillrowe  on  May 1, 2018

    Spinach and enoki with smashed tofu

  • schesshire  on  May 2, 2018

    Eggplant with edamame! I love her other books.

  • lepetityume  on  May 3, 2018

    New potatoes with sour plum and orange!

  • patioweather  on  May 3, 2018


  • SallyCristina  on  May 3, 2018

    Shiso-perfumed rice

  • jenniebakes  on  May 4, 2018

    Definitely shiso-flavored miso. Wow!

  • Larkspur  on  May 4, 2018

    Crispy Green Beans with Sesame

  • sequoia55  on  May 5, 2018

    Seven spice chicken

  • goldenpudding  on  May 5, 2018

    miso pickled garlic chicken

  • Foodycat  on  May 5, 2018

    Spicy miso-pickled garlic chicken sounds like something I would love.

  • mombaker247  on  May 5, 2018

    Fragrant miso simmered daikon

  • sunset34  on  May 6, 2018

    Pork belly with green beans

  • BMeyer  on  May 6, 2018

    simmered chicken

  • jim.windle  on  May 6, 2018

    Vinegared octopus and wakame

  • Shelley.b  on  May 6, 2018

    Daikon and tuna salad

  • miggsy  on  May 6, 2018

    Daikon and tuna salad

  • jennywl  on  May 6, 2018

    Eggplant with smashed edamame

  • Radley  on  May 7, 2018


  • Sfgordon  on  May 7, 2018

    I would try Eggplant and peanut soup.

  • RickPearson54  on  May 7, 2018

    simmered chicken

  • mhoare  on  May 8, 2018

    Eggplant with smashed edamame

  • auntietina  on  May 9, 2018

    Eggplant with smashed edamame

  • Lijstjesmeisje  on  May 10, 2018

    Yuba with yuzu juice

  • LeBunne  on  May 12, 2018

    Shiso perfumed rice. I have lots of shiso growing in my backyard veggie patch…

  • orchidlady01  on  May 15, 2018

    Stir-fried chicken and vegetables

  • Ishtar  on  May 16, 2018

    Clam broth soup

  • sarahcooks  on  May 16, 2018

    Pork belly with green beans

  • JulieQC  on  May 17, 2018

    Daikon tuna salad sounds nice

  • littleminxgirl  on  May 18, 2018

    The Japanese fried chicken

  • TanyaD  on  May 19, 2018

    Konbu-wrapped konnyaku

  • Siegal  on  May 19, 2018

    I would love to make pork belly with green beans

  • nomadchowwoman  on  May 21, 2018

    I'd try the Seven-spice Chicken.

  • fortyeightbits  on  May 21, 2018

    Dashi egg with garlic chives!

  • cambridgecook  on  May 21, 2018

    Kabocha Croquettes

  • rlmolnar  on  May 21, 2018

    Burdock salad—love burdock and am always happy to find new recipes.

  • desdemona246  on  May 21, 2018

    Simmered chicken and vegetables

  • marsmomma  on  May 21, 2018

    Daikon and tuna salad

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