Here's Japanese Soul Cooking: Ramen, Tonkatsu, Tempura, and More from the Streets and Kitchens of Tokyo and Beyond by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat, a look at the street food, home cooked comfort food, and bar snacks that make up Japanese cuisine. Pointedly skipping over sushi — the jacket copy literally begins "Move over, sushi" — Japanese Soul Cooking instead instructs on the art of gyoza, tempura, curries, kara-age, okonomiyaki, and more. And for ramen fans not quite willing to venture into Ivan Ramen's 43-page long ramen recipe, here are several versions that don't take quite the same effort. Think house-made broth, store-bought noodles. The book is both an education in the every day eats of Japan as well as a guide to trying them out yourself at home. Japanese Soul Cooking is out now from Ten Speed (order on Amazon). Take a look inside:
First Look: The New Cookbook Japanese Soul Cooking
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