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Maybe you watched Tampopo or Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Maybe you just finished up a Murakami novel and now you're craving something simple, delicious and Japanese for dinner. While not a ramen or sushi book, the newest cookbook by Nancy Singleton Hachisu will certainly help you cook a noodle dish Toru Watanabe would be proud ot. Collecting 400 traditional and regional recipes from throughout Japan, the book presents them in a simple, colorful style, nicely fitting for the cuisine. Hachisu draws on her time living on a farm in Japan and as her story goes, she moved from California to Japan for a yearlong language immersion then met a farmer and decided to stay. "Japan: The Cookbook" is the result of thirty years of cooking, teaching and collecting Japanese traditions.

Through 464 pages, Hachisu will guide you through the preparation of Japanese cuisine with helpful notes and instructions accompanying each recipe. The book offers recipes for soups, noodles, rice dishes, pickles, one-pots, sweets, and vegetables — and might inspire you to head to Japan and never leave.

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