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  4/9/2018 at 2:53 PM

    Rolled crab and nori omelette

  • Sueskitchen  on  4/9/2018 at 2:54 PM

    Shiso-wrapped shishito peppers!

  • SilverSage  on  4/9/2018 at 3:31 PM

    Fragrant miso-simmered daikon

  • rchesser  on  4/9/2018 at 4:35 PM

    Chicken terrine .

  • dbielick  on  4/9/2018 at 5:20 PM

    Seven spice chicken

  • kmn4  on  4/9/2018 at 5:23 PM

    Japanese chicken noodle soup

  • Scotsman61  on  4/9/2018 at 5:30 PM

    Shiso-wrapped shishito peppers

  • aoiwowie  on  4/9/2018 at 10:10 PM

    Daikon and Tuna Salad, or Burdock Salad.

  • Zosia  on  4/10/2018 at 6:50 AM


  • sarahawker  on  4/10/2018 at 10:29 AM

    Dashi egg with garlic chives

  • sgump  on  4/10/2018 at 12:39 PM

    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  4/10/2018 at 5:29 PM

    Fermented napa cabbage (Hakusai no tsukemono)

  • sir_ken_g  on  4/10/2018 at 5:33 PM

    Dashi egg with garlic chives

  • heyjude  on  4/10/2018 at 6:11 PM

    Yuzu-Dressed Spinach

  • contest718  on  4/10/2018 at 7:57 PM

    Quail eggs and chicken balls

  • Steben  on  4/10/2018 at 10:11 PM

    Vinegared crab and cucumber with yuzu

  • DarcyVaughn  on  4/10/2018 at 11:08 PM

    Dashi-simmered cabbage rolls

  • ravensfan  on  4/11/2018 at 12:29 PM

    Eggplant with smashed edamame

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  4/12/2018 at 5:18 AM

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

  • kedmiston  on  4/12/2018 at 11:40 AM

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

  • ccav  on  4/12/2018 at 1:23 PM

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

  • sugo  on  4/12/2018 at 7:24 PM

    Shiso-wrapped shishito peppers

  • lgroom  on  4/13/2018 at 4:38 PM


  • Livia  on  4/14/2018 at 1:20 AM

    It has got to be the Kastudon :)

  • Indio32  on  4/14/2018 at 9:53 AM

    Another vote for kastudon

  • shellee  on  4/15/2018 at 9:12 AM

    Spinach with walnuts

  • Veestar14  on  4/15/2018 at 11:55 AM

    Simmered chicken and vegetables

  • rachael_mc  on  4/15/2018 at 6:23 PM

    Quail Eggs and Chicken Balls!!

  • LaurenE  on  4/15/2018 at 6:52 PM

    Japanese chicken noodle soup

  • antpantsii  on  4/16/2018 at 9:36 AM

    Vinegared octupus with wakame

  • Carolyn99  on  4/16/2018 at 10:19 AM

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

  • tarae1204  on  4/17/2018 at 7:54 PM

    asparagus with sesame vinegar dressing

  • danielis  on  4/17/2018 at 8:20 PM

    Ginger-soy chicken rice bowl - sounds delish!!

  • Aproporpoise  on  4/17/2018 at 11:46 PM

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

  • robynsanyal  on  4/18/2018 at 1:33 PM

    Yuzu-Dressed Spinach, simple!

  • munki  on  4/19/2018 at 4:08 PM

    Natto with egg and garlic chives.

  • t.t  on  4/20/2018 at 8:42 PM

    Eggplant with smashed edamame

  • RSW  on  4/21/2018 at 5:05 PM

    Eggplant with smashed edamame

  • EmilyR  on  4/23/2018 at 12:44 PM

    Eggplant with smashed edamame

  • verorenee  on  4/23/2018 at 2:46 PM


  • Karla123  on  4/23/2018 at 6:39 PM

    Fiddlehead ferns with smashed tofu and walnuts ...sounds intriguing.

  • TheHummer  on  4/24/2018 at 5:56 PM

    Japanese fried chicken (Chicken karaage)

  • essptee  on  4/26/2018 at 3:38 AM

    Gingko nuts definitely

  • jd5761  on  4/26/2018 at 9:21 PM

    Shiso-perfumed rice for me

  • fbrunetti  on  4/27/2018 at 10:44 AM

    Cabbage with hot sesame vinegar

  • trudys_person  on  4/27/2018 at 11:35 AM

    Miso chicken balls and napa soup sounds good!

  • Cornfed23  on  4/27/2018 at 8:28 PM

    county miso soup

  • AnnaZed  on  4/27/2018 at 11:26 PM

    Daikon and tuna salad

  • Dannausc  on  4/28/2018 at 5:47 AM

    Daikon and tuna salad

  • Laura1  on  4/28/2018 at 5:26 PM

    Eggplant with smashed edamame

  • zeni  on  4/28/2018 at 11:47 PM

    Lotus "croquettes"

  • Lizzbethh  on  4/29/2018 at 1:15 AM

    Eggplant with smashed edamame - perfect for meatless Monday.

  • Teruska  on  4/29/2018 at 5:19 PM

    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  4/30/2018 at 6:02 AM

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

  • Katiefayhutson  on  4/30/2018 at 7:28 AM

    Cabbage with hot sesame vinegar

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  4/30/2018 at 2:15 PM

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

  • sywcindy  on  5/1/2018 at 2:48 AM

    Chestnut ice cream!

  • motherofpearl81  on  5/1/2018 at 11:39 AM

    Dashi egg with garlic chives

  • madelainelc  on  5/1/2018 at 12:02 PM

    Grilled eggplant miso soup

  • janv  on  5/1/2018 at 4:48 PM

    One-pot pork and napa cabbage

  • jmay42066  on  5/1/2018 at 9:10 PM

    Seven spice chicken

  • MiMi60  on  5/1/2018 at 9:20 PM

    Quail eggs and chicken balls

  • jillrowe  on  5/1/2018 at 11:00 PM

    Spinach and enoki with smashed tofu

  • schesshire  on  5/2/2018 at 1:55 PM

    Eggplant with edamame! I love her other books.

  • lepetityume  on  5/3/2018 at 2:08 AM

    New potatoes with sour plum and orange!

  • patioweather  on  5/3/2018 at 8:01 AM


  • SallyCristina  on  5/3/2018 at 7:32 PM

    Shiso-perfumed rice

  • jenniebakes  on  5/4/2018 at 4:24 PM

    Definitely shiso-flavored miso. Wow!

  • Larkspur  on  5/4/2018 at 4:51 PM

    Crispy Green Beans with Sesame

  • sequoia55  on  5/5/2018 at 1:44 AM

    Seven spice chicken

  • goldenpudding  on  5/5/2018 at 4:13 AM

    miso pickled garlic chicken

  • Foodycat  on  5/5/2018 at 4:21 AM

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

  • mombaker247  on  5/5/2018 at 6:35 AM

    Fragrant miso simmered daikon

  • sunset34  on  5/6/2018 at 4:55 AM

    Pork belly with green beans

  • BMeyer  on  5/6/2018 at 7:22 AM

    simmered chicken

  • jim.windle  on  5/6/2018 at 12:49 PM

    Vinegared octopus and wakame

  • Shelley.b  on  5/6/2018 at 8:50 PM

    Daikon and tuna salad

  • miggsy  on  5/6/2018 at 9:39 PM

    Daikon and tuna salad

  • jennywl  on  5/6/2018 at 10:37 PM

    Eggplant with smashed edamame

  • Radley  on  5/7/2018 at 2:28 AM


  • Sfgordon  on  5/7/2018 at 12:42 PM

    I would try Eggplant and peanut soup.

  • RickPearson54  on  5/7/2018 at 3:13 PM

    simmered chicken

  • mhoare  on  5/8/2018 at 2:10 AM

    Eggplant with smashed edamame

  • auntietina  on  5/9/2018 at 1:39 AM

    Eggplant with smashed edamame

  • Lijstjesmeisje  on  5/10/2018 at 8:41 PM

    Yuba with yuzu juice

  • LeBunne  on  5/12/2018 at 7:22 PM

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

  • orchidlady01  on  5/15/2018 at 1:05 AM

    Stir-fried chicken and vegetables

  • Ishtar  on  5/16/2018 at 3:33 AM

    Clam broth soup

  • sarahcooks  on  5/16/2018 at 3:05 PM

    Pork belly with green beans

  • JulieQC  on  5/17/2018 at 5:14 AM

    Daikon tuna salad sounds nice

  • littleminxgirl  on  5/18/2018 at 12:22 AM

    The Japanese fried chicken

  • TanyaD  on  5/19/2018 at 7:33 AM

    Konbu-wrapped konnyaku

  • Siegal  on  5/19/2018 at 1:54 PM

    I would love to make pork belly with green beans

  • nomadchowwoman  on  5/21/2018 at 9:55 AM

    I'd try the Seven-spice Chicken.

  • fortyeightbits  on  5/21/2018 at 3:43 PM

    Dashi egg with garlic chives!

  • cambridgecook  on  5/21/2018 at 3:48 PM

    Kabocha Croquettes

  • rlmolnar  on  5/21/2018 at 4:06 PM

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

  • desdemona246  on  5/21/2018 at 6:56 PM

    Simmered chicken and vegetables

  • marsmomma  on  5/21/2018 at 11:16 PM

    Daikon and tuna salad

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