Item description for The Fine Art of Japanese Food Arrangement by Yoshio Tsuchiya...
Japanese cooking, it is often said, is to be eaten with the eyes. So 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 overshadow the actually taste of the food.
In Japanese haute cuisine, all the senses are involved. Taste, smell, sight, touch, and even hearing contribute to a total, subtle harmony of beauty and flavor.
It is this expert merging of food and vessel-minimalism achieved with great skill-that captivates. Each vessel is chosen for its color, shape, and compatibility, and each should be a work of art. When foods are arranged in such plates, dishes, and bowls, they come alive; the savoriness of the food is visually augmented by splashes of colorful glazes and the fluid curves of the hand-crafted tableware. The Fine Art of Japanese Food Arrangement introduces this traditional approach for the first time in English. It explores the intimacy between the eye and the palate and opens up a way to greatly increase one's pleasure in the simple, creative, and universal act of eating.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.72" Width: 8.78" Height: 0.68" Weight: 2.17 lbs.
Release Date Jan 17, 2003
Publisher Kodansha International
ISBN 4770029306 ISBN13 9784770029300
Reviews - What do customers think about The Fine Art of Japanese Food Arrangement?
for lover's of japanese pottery Feb 1, 2007
As a person who loves to prepare japanese food items, I was overjoyed to see so many photographs of beautiful examples of japanese ceramics. Of course I expected the food arrangement to be explained but above and beyond this are color photos of various types of serving ware. In addition to food preparation I find the presentation aspect of eating to be a bonus that only heightens the experience.
Stunning! Sep 25, 2006
I saw this in a bookstore and it was so beautiful I just HAD to have it! The title explains the book perfectly. It has interesting historical information and many large, impressive photos of food which is stunningly arranged. This is not so much a cookbook (there are no actual recipes but foods and methods of preperation are listed) This is a fabulous coffee table/art book. Even for people who can't afford the antique museum quality ceramics and laquerware pictured, there are great ideas for methods of arranging foods that are sure to make any meal look more beautiful. There is also information about seasonal foods, the color of foods, the importance of giving flavos and shapes contrast. I have found these things to make a huge difference in the success of a meal. This is a great book for anyone who is a big fan of Japanese food. The book gave me a lot of great ideas and I now find it much easier to plan and arrange a meal, be it French food, American food, or Asian food.
A reprint of a classic Mar 14, 2003
We bought this fabulous volume in hard cover in Osaka in 1986. At a much higher price. Not only are the food arrangements gorgeous but the utensils are major museum pieces. The best of Japanese ceramics, lacquer, bamboo, beautifully photographed.
(We are neither Japanese nor potters--just people who find beauty an important renewal in our troublesome.)