7 Best Japanese Cookbooks Ever Written

Do you want Japanese food cookbooks so you can learn more about Japanese cooking? In this article, we'll rank and present to you the 7 best Japanese cookbooks.

Finding the Best Japanese Cookbook

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.

>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.

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

Best Japanese Cookbook Ranking

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

1. 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.)

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

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

Best Japanese Cookbooks are as below:

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

  2. Japanese Cook Book for Beginners: Classic and Modern Recipes Made Easy

  3. Recipes of Japanese Cooking

  4. Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art

  5. Washoku: Recipes from the Japanese Home Kitchen

  6. The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches To Go

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

Do you like any Japanese cookbook on this list?


- 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: October 27, 2021
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