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Cooking from Washoku by Elizabeth Andoh

I wanted to learn to cook Japanese food for a while now and taken Washoku out of the library not once but every time was too intimidated by unfamiliar ingredients and techniques to actually start cooking. I was hoping that one day very-very soon a Japanese cookbook will become a COTM and I would cook with others but it is not happening. So with some encouragement from BigSal I decided to start this thread and hope that others will join me.

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  1. I can't wait to read the reports. My library copy should come by the end of the month, so I will have to wait until then, but am interested.

    1. This will be fun! I am planning on making something from Washoku this weekend. I'm thinking kare raisu (curry rice) and tsukimi udon might be just the thing to warm us up.

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      1. re: BigSal

        Well, the book is not at my library yet but equipped with BigSal's list, I checked my pantry and had quite a few things there and went to my favourite oriental store in search of missing ingredients - so intimidating! I think I have all the basics now including rice, udon noodles (fresh and dry), nori, all dashi makings, etc. I am hosting my dinner club Moroccan dinner on Saturday but might make something from Washoku on Friday evening. I imagine a flavourful bowl of noodles - what would you suggest? I am such a novice to Japanese cuisine - everything is a "first" and scarry:) Please, hold my hand as I start on the road of this adventure.

        1. re: herby

          I'm thinking about starting with noodles too. Moon-Viewing Noodles, Foxy Noodles or Miso ramen would be nice in this cold weather. I'll look forward to reading about your adventures. I find it helpful to watch recipes on You Tube if they are available. We'll be here to support you and cheer you on. Gambatte kudasai!

      2. Thanks herby for getting us started. I'm waiting for WASHOKU to come from my library. I'm not going to get too elaborate this month, but if there are some simple, unintimidating beginner's type recipes, please point me in that direction!

        Thank you!

        ~TDQ

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        1. Here's the link to BigSal's pantry list LulusMom mentioned...

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8279... (thank you Allegra_K

          )

          ~TDQ

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          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            Again, thanks to those cleaning up my sloppiness!

          2. My daughter has been going through our copy tonight and picking some recipes. Thanks to the COTM we might finally cook from this book that has been sitting on my shelf for quite awhile now.

            1. Well now I'm confused. Will we have 2 COTM threads in February? One for Washoku and one
              for Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art? J/W

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              1. re: Gio

                Gio, I did not expect Japanese month to win and started Washoku thread because some of us wanted to cook from this book. Since I can't get into Pepin and Washoku just arrived at my library this morning, I am going to start cooking from it soon and will post here. Others who wish to start early could do the same but once the COTM thread is up on Feb 1st, we will post there and possibly link this thread to the main one or copy/paste reports. I do not know what is the best way to handle and hope that either LulusMom or our new fearless leader - L.Nightshade - will guide us.

                1. re: herby

                  OK...thanks much herby. This is a good idea, though. It seems some don't have the inspiration to continue with this month's selection. I'm still slogging along. We'll see how long that happens. I just ordered Washoku and can only hope it arrives in time.

                  1. re: Gio

                    What's going on with everyone losing steam on Pepin this month? Maybe respond over in the Pepin thread so as not to bog down this one? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8259...

                    ~TDQ

                  2. re: herby

                    How about we just use the COTM threads once they come up? I'll make sure to mention that and put a link to this thread in the main post on Feb. 1 unless there are objections. Until then, go ahead and post away!