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Fine Art of Japanese Food Arrangement


Fine Art of Japanese Food Arrangement

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    Yoshio Tsuchiya(Author)
Japanese cooking, it is often said, is to be eaten with the eyes. Compelling are the food arrangements that the diner experiencing a traditional meal for the first time often finds that his or her impressions of the presentation often overshadow the taste of the food. This guide illustrates in detail the aesthetic delights of Japanese food presentation. The text demonstrates how beauty, colour, form and flavour are married within one presentation, and each section is introduced by food arrangements appropriate to the Japanese seasons. There is a full list of captions to the photographs at the back of the book, which details the utensil or vessel shown, with dimensions and materials as well as the meal being served.

"Americans are used to heaping plates, but Japanese food is presented in a minimalist style and has been a profound influence on nouvelle cuisine starting in the 1970s. The Fine Art of Japanese Food Arrangement explains the rules, which depend not only on the kind of food and type of vessel used, but also on the seasons. Food, the book explains, is usually arranged to honor 'the beauty of empty space' in patterns called flat, bowl, piled up, jumbled, nestled, scattered, even cedar tree, a kind of pyramid, all diagrammed in the book. To prevent dull symmetry, pieces of food look best in odd numbers; sashimi is always arranged with three, five or seven slices. The book includes many photos of utensils and containers, as well as their history." -The New York Times "Divided into four sections-seasonal food arrangements, function and beauty, food and utensils-The Art of Japanese Food Arrangement not only explores the meaning behind the arrangements, but also the serving dishes on which the food is placed...beautifully illustrated." -Ceramics Monthly Magazine "Whether you look at this book from a culinary, artistic, or aesthetic point of view, the information is unmatched. Tsuchiya lovingly explains the principles behind a Japanese meal. He describes the methods of arranging food for each course, for both everyday meals and special occasions. The reader will learn how to time the serving of food so that hot and cold dishes appear at the appropriate times; how to select vessels, making sure that convenience and harmony are respected while following the convention that no two bowls of the same shape or style should ever be used in succession. Elegantly much an artbook as a manual for the presentation of Japanese cuisine." -Persimmon Magazine "This book remains the foremost and best book of Japanese food arrangement in excellent book." -Ikebana Magazine "Lavishly photographed and with many diagrams showing the different styles of food arrangement, this book is a fascinating introduction to an integral aspect of Japanese cuisine --Japan Times

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  • PDF | 168 pages
  • Yoshio Tsuchiya(Author)
  • Kodansha International Ltd (9 Jan. 2003)
  • English
  • 7
  • Food & Drink
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