A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Fermentation (9784805317471)

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Tuttle Publishing
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97 recipes; 350 full-color photographs
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7 1/2 X 10

Join the fermentation revolution—Japanese style!

"The benefits loom large: fermented foods are anti-diabetic, anti-hypertensive, and antioxidant…and are swarming with vitamins." —Discover magazine

This comprehensive do-it-yourself home fermentation guide centers on the amazing superfoods at the heart of the healthy Japanese diet. Author and fermentation expert Hiroko Shirasaki starts with easy preparations for shio koji, amazake, nukazuke and three types of miso. Then she shows you how to harness the probiotic power of these and other fermented ingredients in scores of delicious home-style recipes.

Some of these fermented foods you may already know: kimchi, gochujang, mirin. Others—like umeboshi, natto, sake lees, fermented ginger and kastsuobushi—offer new perspectives on the flavorful powers of fermentation.

The seasonal menus in this book contain over 95 recipes catering to a broad range of tastes:
  • "Easy Nukazuke Pickles" (vegetables cured in a bed of fermented rice bran) offers a completely new way to unleash the power of pickling!
  • "Amazake Fruit Yogurt" makes the perfect probiotic breakfast or snack
  • "Shio Koji (a fermented rice-based marinade) Mushroom Soup" creates a super-nutritious and delightfully delicious twist on a favorite dish
  • "Sea Bream and Clams Steamed in White Miso and Wine" pairs the briny sea with the natural umami of a homemade miso made with soybeans and rice
  • "Root Vegetable Soup with Brown Rice Miso" offers a healthful twist on a classic comfort food
  • "Mixed Sushi with Fermented Ginger" ups the antioxidant ante in a familiar favorite
  • "Amazake Gochujang Bibimbap" brings Korean flavors to a classic lunch box dish
  • And many more!

Let miraculous microbes work their magic, infusing your daily diet with vitamins and nutrients that promote gut health, reduce hypertension and boost the immune system. The easy recipes in A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Fermentation showcase the health benefits and amazing flavors these superfoods have to offer!

About the Author:
Hiroko Shirasaki was born in Tokyo and grew up in Saitama prefecture. After working as an instructor at a cooking school run by the natural food store Inyodo, she started the organic cooking school Shirasaki Chakai. Currently, she holds online cooking classes called Hiroko Shirasaki's Recipe Laboratory. Her books Shirasaki Chakai's New Snacks and Unskilled Snacks won the grand prize in the confectionery category of the Cooking Recipe Book Award two years in a row.