7 Best Japanese Cookbooks Ever Written

Are you fascinated by the beauty, tastes and healthiness of Japanese cuisine? In this article, we will present to you the best Japanese cookbooks of all time.

Finding Best Japanese Cookbooks

In the United States and Europe, Japanese cuisine has gained more popularity, especially among millennials who enjoy a little bit of food adventure. The promotion of the tourism sector in Japan also helps to increase the popularity of Japanese food rapidly. However, many Japanese food lovers find that Japanese food in their countries is super expensive and lacks quality and variety.

Ranking of Japanese Cookbooks


1. We contact some friends in Japan (both ex-pats and locals) and ask them to provide the name of their favorite Japanse food cookbooks. In general, we would like to have the names of cookbooks that meet some of the following criteria.

- They are popular among foreigners and the ex-pat community in Japan.

- They have lots of pictures that display the Japanese dish correctly.

- They are written by authority figures in the Japanese culinary scene.

- They are simple and practical enough to use outside of Japan.

- They provide clear instructions in a step-by-step manner.

- They show readers how to use easy-to-find ingredients and how to find them.

- They provide some essential Japanese cooking techniques and how they work.

- They got some awards from both local and international organizations.

- They contain some easy Japanese home cooking recipes and authentic recipes.

- They focus on meals at home, shy away from sushi cookbook.

At this stage, we have a list of 20 cookbooks that meet some of the criteria mentioned above.

2. Then, we check if those cookbooks are also available on Amazon.com (some cookbooks are not available in the United States so our list comes down to 15 cookbooks.)

3. After that, we check the sales rank and review the rating of each cookbook available on Amazon.com

4. Then, we contact a couple of Japanese food experts to help us select the 7 best cookbooks to recommend.

5. The links below are #paid links.

Best Japanese Cookbooks are as below:

  1. Washoku: Recipes from the Japanese Home Kitchen

  2. Everyday Harumi: Simple Japanese food for family and friends

  3. The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches To Go

  4. Japanese Soul Cooking: Ramen, Tonkatsu, Tempura, and More from the Streets and Kitchens of Tokyo and Beyond

  5. Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art

  6. Recipes of Japanese Cooking

  7. Japanese Recipes from Mari's Tokyo Kitchen

Why do we only recommend these cookbooks? According to our Japanese food experts, some cookbooks are way too complicated for non-Japanese. Moreover, they feel that top 7 cookbooks on our list already cover important Japanese recipes that Japanese people actually cook at home (some fancy recipes are excluded from our list.)


Reference
- Assmann, Stephanie. "The remaking of a national cuisine: The food education campaign in Japan." The Globalization of Asian Cuisines. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2015. 165-185.

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Last review and update: January 22, 2020
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