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BOOK REVIEW: Tokyo Cult Recipes by Maori Murota

| 5 March 2016 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Tokyo Cult Recipes by Maori Murota

Murdoch Books
December 2015
Hardback, $49.99
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

Regional Cooking


Anyone coming to TOKYO CULT RECIPES in search of secrets to the mysterious art of blowfish preparation, or something similarly ‘cult’ is in for disappointment: Maori Murota lovingly describes normal, day-to-day and special occasion food that everyday Japanese families enjoy.

So, more basic cookbook than a treasure trove of cult fancies – but all the better for it.

Tokyo Cult Recipes provides ample background into the philosophy and style behind each meal, illustrated by wonderfully colourful photography, hand-drawn sketches, and Murota’s engaging, entertaining and insightful prose.

Most of all, the recipes are easy to follow, mostly healthy and extremely tasty – none more so than our family favourites Chicken Kara-age, white radish & scallop salad and marinated tuna with avocado and rice.

Murota achieves the ultimate accolades by succeeding in making Tokyo Cult Recipes the equivalent of opening a dog-eared copy of your mothers personal recipe book. Bravo.

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