Japanese-born Naomi Moriyama reveals the secret to her own high-energy, successful lifestyle, and the key to the enduring health and beauty of Japanese women, in this exciting new book. The Japanese have the pleasure of eating one of the most delicious, nutritious, and naturally satisfying cuisines in the world without denial, without guilt...and, yes, without getting fat or looking old.
As a young girl living in Tokyo, Naomi Moriyama grew up in the food utopia of the world, where fresh, simple, wholesome fare is prized as one of the greatest joys of life. She also spent much time basking in that other great center of Japanese food culture: her mother Chizuko's Tokyo kitchen. Now she brings the traditional secrets of her mother's kitchen to you in a book that embodies the perfect marriage of nature and culinary wisdom: Japanese home-style cooking.
If you're tired of counting calories, counting carbs, and counting on being disappointed with diets that don't work and don't satisfy, it's time to discover one of the best-kept and most delicious secrets for a healthier, slimmer, and long-living lifestyle. It's time to discover the Japanese fountain of youth.
©2005 Naomi Moriyami and William Doyle; (P)2005 Random House, Inc.
"[A] well-organized, persuasive introduction to a non-Western everyday cooking plan." (Publishers Weekly)
The quest to sustain a healthy lifestyle in general, and healthy eating habits in particular, is not always an easy one. I've found it helpful to learn from several sources, taking whatever tips from each source seem relevant and do-able. I recommend this book as one such source.
The book is heavy on practical information about how (and why) to eat Japanese "home cooking". The scientific citations seem credible; the overall approach balanced and useful. There are no recipes to speak of, and the names of some recommended foods and flavorings are too unusual to my American ear to retain without finding them in a written format to supplement the audio book. Overall, I found it an interesting and useful discussion, and I'm glad I got the book. It isn't an end-all be-all reference on healthy eating, at least not for me. But as one of several resources it's valuable.
I found the book provided some interesting information. However, most of the data the author presents are either generic statistics about obesity and related health issues, or personal experiences her and her husband have had with eating well.
I read the entire book a few times before I even knew the audio book existed, so I get the benefit of all the recipes as well as having all the ingredients that would normally be strange to us in a written format.
The book is worth listening to for sure, especially if you are generally busy and on the move and sitting down to read a book is a little harder to make time for, but I would definitely suggest that one buy the actual book as well.
If one is looking for some very information dense plan to get thin, they won't find it here. I hate following set plans so the style of the book suits me well. Also, if one does not want to hear a lot of stories, then it also might not be a good choice (I found them to be the best part...)
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