Tokyo Stories: A Japanese Cookbook
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Take a tour through Tokyo with Tim Anderson's 90 recipes. There are few places on earth so saturated with good food.
Tokyo is rightfully known around the world as one of the most exciting places to eat on the planet. From subterranean department store food halls to luxurious top-floor hotel restaurants, and all the noodle shops, sushi bars, and yakitori shacks in between, there may be no other city filled with so much delicious food.
Tokyo Stories is a journey through the boulevards and backstreets of Tokyo via recipes both iconic and unexpected. Chef Tim Anderson takes inspiration from the chefs, shopkeepers, and home cooks of Tokyo to showcase both traditional and cutting-edge takes on classic dishes like sushi, ramen, yakitori, and tempura. Also included are dishes that Tokyoites love to eat with origins from abroad, like Japanese interpretations of Korean barbecue, Italian pizza and pasta, French patisserie, and American burgers.
Tim tackles his food tour of Tokyo from the ground up, with chapters broken down into different floors.
Lower Ground Floor
Tokyo on the Go (Department Store Basements, Subway Stations, and Convenience Stores)
Tokyo Local (food traditional to Tokyo)
Tokyo National (food traditional to Japan)
Tokyo Global (Japanese food with an international twist)
Tokyo at Home (Japanese home cooking)
Tokyo Modern (experimental Japanese food found in high-end hotel bars). With Tim’s easy-to-follow recipes, this is make-at-home Japanese food, authentic yet achievable for the home chef – without cutting corners.
The real thrill of eating in Tokyo is in the sense of discovery – of adventurous curiosity rewarded. And that may come in the form of an unexpectedly good convenience store sandwich, an ‘oh my god’ sushi moment, or just the best damn bowl of ramen you’ve ever had. With Tokyo Stories you can explore Tokyo and discover its incredible food without leaving your home kitchen. Featuring over 90 recipes, all set to the backdrop of Tokyo location shots, this is essential for the Japanophile in your life.
Published in 2019
About the Author
Tim Anderson is a chef, writer, restaurateur, and MasterChef champion. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Tim has been studying Japanese food culture for more than two decades, first as a hobby, then as a profession. He majored in Japanese Studies at university, where he was awarded a grant to conduct independent research on local food museums in Japan. Subsequently, he lived in Fukuoka prefecture for two years to further develop his knowledge of Japanese food, and then moved to London, where he won MasterChef in 2011. He has since opened the Japanese ‘ramen izakaya’ restaurant Nanban, which inspired a book, Nanban: Japanese Soul Food. He is also the author of JapanEasy, VeganJapanEasy and Tokyo Stories, for which Tim won the John Avery prize at the Andre Simon Awards.