Japanese Home Cooking by Māori Murota


Authentic and delicious Japanese food you really can cook at home, from international best-selling Maori Murota, author of Tokyo Cult Recipes. This is a cookbook for home cooks of all levels who love experiencing different cuisines. The perfect gift for fans of Atsuko’s Japanese Kitchen (Atsuko Ikeda) and Japaneasy (Tim Anderson).

Learn to cook accessible authentic Japanese food from scratch with fresh ingredients at home. Maori Murota takes you to the heart of today’s Japanese family home cooking, sharing the recipes she learned from her mother and grandmother.

With an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients that has less of an environmental impact. Maori shares her favourite home-made recipes for classic Japanese dishes such as sushi, ramen noodles, miso paste, as well as recipes for more contemporary fusion dishes.

Featuring step-by-step recipes, many of which are vegan friendly and plant-based. Japanese Home Cooking will take you to the heart of Japanese home cooking, with plenty of tips and dish alternatives. Tuck into authentically accessible dishes as well as those which blend traditional with fusion;

• Kinpira (Japanese-Style Stir-Fry Vegetables)

• Roasted Lemongrass Chicken

• Ganmodoki (Fried Tofu Dumpling)

• Oven-Baked Sweet Potato

• Ikameshi (Squid Stuffed with Glutinous Rice)

• Panko-Fried Oysters

• Spaghetti with Eggplant

• Korean-Style Fritters


I was so excited to get a review copy of this book, it sounded so appealing as I love the few bits of Japanese food I have eaten over the years, so I was eager to try more and also to learn how to make them myself (if possible as it seemed to be complex) this book and it’s aithor made me realise it might be within my grasp to reproduce (or at least poorly imitate) it myself at home.

This book is gorgeous, so simply designed but that’s what makes it appealing to me, well presented, appealing pictures and straight forward instructions and descriptions. The photos alongside each dish draw you in and made me want to try making everything even more.

If you want to try making Japanese food yourself at home, there’s no excuse not to try it, all the ingredients are readily available in supermarkets, they’re not expensive, in fact if you go to your local Asian/Chinese/Thai/Vietnamese supermarket (depending on which you have in your area) the ingredients will be available in a wider range, larger sizes and half the price of the supermarkets. I also recommend this because it will introduce you into so much more food and experience, the owners and staff are always willing to help you and there’s tons of fresh vegetables and ingredients you won’t get in a supermarket, if you haven’t been to one they’re amazing, so much better than our supermarkets for choice.

Now I’ve shown you that you can get the ingredients you need for this book easily, there’s no excuse to not go and try this out, you won’t regret it, Māori makes everything so clear and makes you believe you can achieve it, if you follow her recipes too, you will ! Fantastic cookbook and a great addition to anyones kitchen shelf

Thanks to Random Things Tours, Murdoch Books and Maori Murota for the opportunity to read (try the recipes) and take part in the blog tour for this fantastic book, for full disclosure I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. all opinions are my own and freely given.

About the Author

Author Maori Murota grew up in Tokyo and was inspired to write this book by her mother’s cooking at home and memories of eating out. Her mission is to demystify Japanese food, to make it accessible and understood by anyone and everyone interested in learning about a food culture and eating well. Completely self-taught, Maori became chef at Parisian restaurants Do and Bento at La Conserverie. Now an event caterer and private chef, she also gives classes in authentic Japanese home cooking.

Her book Tokyo Cult Recipes, also published by Murdoch Books, is an international best-seller.


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