April 25, 2007

2007 James Beard Cookbook Award Nominee

Kaiseki: The exquisite cuisine of ... Kikunoi, has been nominated for a 2007 James Beard foundation award for best food photography (for books published in 2006). I am so proud to be the editor of this book. It is gorgeous and informative and some of the recipes can actually be recreated in your kitchen. The photographer is the prodigiously talented Masashi Kuma. If he wins he may have trouble getting his enormous head through these tiny Japanese doorways, but it's a risk we have to take. If you are a cook or lover of beautiful photography and you open this book it is unlikely that you will be able to escape without buying a copy ... who would have thought raw fish could be so beautiful? Here is a link to a review by Mariko Kato who seems to have actually read the book and understood what I was trying to do. http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fb20070401a1.html

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