If you’ve always wanted to explore authentic Japanese cooking but haven’t known where to start, check out these cookbooks and online resources that Chowhounds swear by:
• Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art by Shizuo Tsuji. A comprehensive guide to traditional Japanese cooking that covers all the basic techniques, with detailed instructions and lots of background information. (It’s also a former Chowhound Cookbook of the Month.)
• The Japanese Kitchen by Hiroko Shimbo. An accessible, easy-to-follow encyclopedia of Japanese home cooking that explains food terms and kitchen tools, with foundation recipes and variations.
• Japanese Family-Style Recipes by Hiroko Urakami. A smaller book with clear, simple recipes for dishes you’re likely to make as a beginner, each accompanied by a photo.
• Cooking with Dog. A popular YouTube channel with video demonstrations of useful recipes with accompanying ingredient lists, under the watchful eye of Francis (pictured).
• Just Hungry. In her Japanese food blog, Makiko Itoh demonstrates Japanese Cooking 101, a series of lessons that explain basic cooking techniques, with related recipes and shopping lists.
Photo still from YouTube / Cooking with Dog