Elizabeth Andoh (she of Washoku and Kansha) has written an ebook celebrating and recording the regional cuisine of Tohoku, the area of Japan devastated by last year's disasters.
50% of both her proceeds and the publisher's proceeds are going to help the folks in Tohoku as they recover, through Sponsor Fellows for Tohoku and Japanfs Recovery.
The book itself is fascinating. Its emphasis is soundly on the region and on their special dishes and local foods (did you know that Tohoku produced 80% of Japan's wakame before the tsunami?), though it does also include dishes that were the first "on the ground" to the refugees, including onigiri.
While I'd be hard-pressed to name any of these dishes as necessarily within our time period, I think it's a wonderful insight into the people of the area, and what their cuisine and region is like.
The book is available in many digital formats, and is a mere $4 for over 160 pages. Well worth it even without the charitable donation.
Last Edit: Apr 25, 2012 22:35:18 GMT -5 by Sō Haruko
You are welcome! I thought it was such a fascinating read that I had to share. So glad you enjoyed it too. (:
I am such a sucker for Japanese cookbooks, but this one is really unique. I would love to see more cookbooks that focus on the regional cuisines; I know Osaka cuisine is different from Kyoto, say, but not how and why. And I just find it so interesting -- what grows well in one place, what regional specialties there are ... I love that kind of thing.