The Decorative Art of Japanese Food Carving

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'The Decorative Art of Japanese Food Carving: Elegant Garnishes for All Occasions' is a book I ordered from Amazon. I recieved it in the last days of 2012 and that became a christmas present for me :) I bought this book because its cover looked so promissing.  This post  is a review of the book.

The Decorative art of Japanese Food Carving by Hiroshi Nagashima

"Japanese Food Carving" book is printed on glossy paper. It is a pleasure to hold it in your hands. 

I found lot of attractive photographs of garnishes and dishes, most of them are taken in macro mode. Definitely this book is a great sample of food photographing art.
Authors use a black background for food serving (black plates, ceramics) what makes food look excellent.

japanese garnish mukimono
food served in black plate and garnished in japanese style

The book provides step-by-step photos on making garnishes, comments to the steps and large photos of comleted dishes. So you can learn not only 'how to make', but how to implement the garnishes in a dish.
After reading this book you understand that food garnishing is an integral part of Japanese dishes.

mukimono food carving
Daikon garnish integrated in a dish

'The Decorative Art of Japanese Food Carving' book gave me ideas on using the japanese garnishes in European cuisine (including Russian). I highly recommend to read the descriptions to the pictures (I mean not just watching photos), you will discover interesting things. At the end of the book you will find recipes of all dishes presented in its pages. 

This is a an excelent book, I am happy with the purchase.

6 коммент. : January 11, 2013 at 1:51 AM  

Yes this is a beautiful book! Support your local book store

CJ - Food Stories January 11, 2013 at 5:46 AM  

Can't wait to see what you make :-)

Kathleen Richardson January 11, 2013 at 8:29 AM  

Beautiful photos from the book, Selena. The food is set in such simple poses, yet the flavors, textures and colors are complex. You are going to have such fun!

Selena Ze Arteest January 12, 2013 at 5:16 AM  

Temple of Thai, thanks for visiting! Glad to hear from you

Selena Ze Arteest January 12, 2013 at 5:20 AM  

CJ-Food Stories, I loved their meet balls in a trap from eggplant. I will try them out and post here :-)

Selena Ze Arteest January 12, 2013 at 5:28 AM  

Kathleen, you have described my impression of the book in the right words. Simple posses with commplex design. Thanks for such wonderful comment!

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