Interest in Japanese food in North America has grown exponentially in the last fifteen years, moving well beyond sushi and sashimi. More and more people now appreciate the variety and complex tastes and textures of Japanese food, as well as its emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients, and presentation. Words like "dashi" and "umami" are part of our vocabulary.
Along with this interest has come an abundance of Japanese cookbooks, most often with a focus on ease of preparation, and recipes that accommodate local tastes and ingredients. However, professional chefs, who are increasingly acknowledging the influence of Japanese cooking on their own work, are looking for expert information about authentic, traditional cuisine. "The Japanese Culinary Academy's Complete Japanese Cuisine" series meets this demand.
MUKOITA II, CUTTING TECHNIQUES: SEAFOOD, POULTRY AND VEGETABLES is the fourth in this multi-volume series. Created by the renowned Japanese Culinary Academy, an organization dedicated to advancing Japanese cuisine throughout the world, the series is authoritative, comprehensive, and wide-ranging in
scope. The writing, design and photography of each volume meet the highest standards. And although the books are targeted primarily to a professional readership, serous amateur chefs will also find them to be an invaluable resource.
MUKOITA II, CUTTING TECHNIQUES covers all the fundamentals of the subject, providing information that's necessary to understanding the cuisine and its cultural context. The book covers filleting, with sections on how to fillet many different kinds of small and long fish as well as shellfish: horse mackerel, sardines, eel, tiger prawns, lobster, crabs, clams and octopus, and more. Also included are recipes for each variety. At the end of the book is information about Japanese kitchen utensils, basic recipes and a glossary.