I don’t eat heavily, and I live alone. Cookbooks that often include recipes to serve a family of four are too much for me in my current life. In all of the recipes I have tried while cooking from Make it Japanese, I come out with smaller portions of leftovers than I have while trying recipes from other sources. I am learning how to cook simple, worthwhile foods from Rie’s culture and her current lifestyle as a new mom. I’m not wasting my time.
Difficulty - 5/5
There are a variety of recipes within Make it Japanese that can both challenge a seasoned home cook and help ease a newbie into the world of cooking simple Japanese food. I learned everything from how to make mochi donuts to the basics of cooking short grain sushi rice on the stovetop. I often utilize my Zojirushi, but the skill is now there.
Originality - ⅘
Variations on some of these recipes exist out in the world already. The originality of this cookbook’s recipes lies with the way they come together and are written to produce smaller servings than others. It’s a perfect book for someone like me who lives alone and often cooks only for themselves.