2013 Culinary Tour to Japan

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 in Hiroko's Blog

Join me to enjoy an unforgettable, unique experience in Japan. Next spring – March 21 through March 31st, 2013 – I am leading once in a life time Culinary Tour to Japan. Japan offers rich multifaceted culture which is a distinctive blend of tradition and modernity. This tour focuses on the food and culinary culture of the country. It includes a visit to a world famous Tsukiji Fish Market with a traditional market-workers 8 AM sushi breakfast (their dinner!) at...

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Pickled Blow Fish Eggs for Consumption?

Posted on Aug 18, 2012 in Hiroko's Blog

Since olden times we, the Japanese, are aware of the toxin, tetrodotoxin, in blow fish, which is mostly concentrated in the fish’s liver, ovaries and eggs. So, finding the pickled blow fish eggs at the Ohmicho Food Market in Kanazawa City was a big surprise. How many people died before perfecting the art of pickling the blow fish eggs? We do not know, but over three hundred years ago some fishermen could not throw away gorgeous, plump, delicious-looking eggs of blow...

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Why the Butcher Sells Potato Salad

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 in Hiroko's Blog

Here is the photos of the Japanese butcher in Kanazawa City. The following is an expert from my upcoming, Hiroko’s American Kitchen (pub date October 30, 2012). Please enjoy the entire story when the book is out. “…………………………..In Japan, butchers often sell korokke and other prepared food items. …………..In addition to meat items, no matter the size of their operation, butchers always...

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