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What if there were a land where people lived longer than anywhere else on earth, the obesity rate was the lowest in the developed world, and women in their forties still looked like they were in their twenties? Wouldn't you want to know their extraordinary secret?

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 think you've eaten Japanese food, you haven't tasted anything yet. Japanese home-style cooking isn't just about sushi and raw fish but good, old-fashioned everyday-Japanese-mom's cooking that's stood the test of time–and waistlines–for decades. Reflected in this unique way of cooking are the age-old traditional values of family and the abiding Japanese love of simplicity, nature, and good health. It's the kind of food that millions of Japanese women like Naomi eat every day to stay healthy, slim, and youthful while pursuing an energetic, successful, on-the-go lifestyle. Even better, it's fast, it's easy, and you can start with something as simple as introducing brown rice to your diet. You'll begin feeling the benefits that keep Japanese women among the youngest-looking in the world after your very next meal!

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….

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"It's well known that Japanese women have the lowest obesity rate in the industrialized world (3%) and the highest life expectancy (85 years), and that their cuisine is based on simplicity. Tokyo native Moriyama puts a human face on this phenomenon, that of her mother, Chizuko, in this well-organized, persuasive introduction to a non-Western everyday cooking plan. Just as Moriyama reconstructed Chizuko's cooking practices for herself and her coauthor husband, Doyle (Inside the Oval Office), she shows readers the elements of Chizuko's 6'12' Tokyo kitchen. She details its pantry ingredients, including bonito (fish) flakes and daikon (radish) and tools such as a rice cooker and wok. Most recipes are based on at least one of the 'seven pillars' — fish, vegetables, rice, soy, noodles, tea, fruit — and are familiar and easy to make (Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura, Teriyaki Fish, etc.). Cooking tips abound, but what adds a French Women Don't Get Fat angle is the useful eating advice, such as 'Hara hachi bunme,' or 'Eat until you are 80 percent full.' It's a call for moderation that occurs throughout other cultures, and if it's the Japanese version that speaks to readers, good for Moriyama. Agent, Mel Berger. (Nov. 8)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Not about Japanese restaurant or complex sushi preparations, this title is about home cooking and family living and reveals through one woman's personal experience an entire nation's healthier approach to food that is delicious, easy to prepare, and absolutely affordable.

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About the Author

Naomi Moriyama was born in Tokyo. As a U.S.-Japan marketing consultant, she works with some of the world's leading fashion, luxury, and consumer brands. She lives in New York City with her husband and coauthor, William Doyle, who has written or cowritten five books.

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Freitasgirl, January 14, 2007 (view all comments by Freitasgirl)
An inspirational book for eating the right foods, and staying young. It comes with wonderful techniques and recipes for cooking healthy, and encompasses great wisdom to why Americans are so overweight.
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Jenn, August 28, 2006 (view all comments by Jenn)
I wasn't sure what to think about this book, but I found it facinating. Granted, I probably won't be fixing wasabi anytime soon, nor any of the other dishes that are mentioned, but the author does a great job of explaining some of the reasons that the Japanese don't have an obesity epidemic like the United States does. Some of the reason are quite obvious -- such as walking most everywhere you go. One thing she suggests is to serve each type of food in a different dish, and to get smaller plates. She said the looks of a meal are as importatnt as the food, and the different dishes add beauty. With the small plates and bowls she comments you can have seconds or thirds and still be eatting less on average as one average American plate.

She also goes through the different foods that are important in the Japanese diet saying why they are so important and gives tips for cooking them if you are so inclined. There's plenty of recipes to help you out should you wish to do so.

Also, she recommends eatting with chopsticks. I know this slows down eatting, and when you eat slower you often don't eat as fast. (Plus, some people find eatting with chopsticks pretty impressive.)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385339971
Author:
Moriyama, Naomi
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Naomi Moriyama and William Doyle
Author:
Doyle, William
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Diets - General
Subject:
Food habits
Subject:
Regional & Ethnic - Japanese
Copyright:
Publication Date:
November 2005
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
274
Dimensions:
8.48x5.86x1.07 in. 1.03 lbs.

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Cooking and Food » Diet and Nutrition » Healthy Cooking
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Product details 274 pages Delacorte Press - English 9780385339971 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "It's well known that Japanese women have the lowest obesity rate in the industrialized world (3%) and the highest life expectancy (85 years), and that their cuisine is based on simplicity. Tokyo native Moriyama puts a human face on this phenomenon, that of her mother, Chizuko, in this well-organized, persuasive introduction to a non-Western everyday cooking plan. Just as Moriyama reconstructed Chizuko's cooking practices for herself and her coauthor husband, Doyle (Inside the Oval Office), she shows readers the elements of Chizuko's 6'12' Tokyo kitchen. She details its pantry ingredients, including bonito (fish) flakes and daikon (radish) and tools such as a rice cooker and wok. Most recipes are based on at least one of the 'seven pillars' — fish, vegetables, rice, soy, noodles, tea, fruit — and are familiar and easy to make (Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura, Teriyaki Fish, etc.). Cooking tips abound, but what adds a French Women Don't Get Fat angle is the useful eating advice, such as 'Hara hachi bunme,' or 'Eat until you are 80 percent full.' It's a call for moderation that occurs throughout other cultures, and if it's the Japanese version that speaks to readers, good for Moriyama. Agent, Mel Berger. (Nov. 8)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Not about Japanese restaurant or complex sushi preparations, this title is about home cooking and family living and reveals through one woman's personal experience an entire nation's healthier approach to food that is delicious, easy to prepare, and absolutely affordable.
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