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Sonoko Sakai is a cooking teacher and author based in Los Angeles and Tehachapi, California. Sonoko offers Japanese cooking workshops around the country and overseas. Currently, anticipation builds for the November 19, 2019 debut of Japanese Home Cooking: Simple Meals, Authentic Flavors, published by Roost Books and distributed by Penguin Random House.

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Sonoko’s passion for the Japanese kitchen is matched only by her generosity as a teacher, and I am so glad to have “Japanese Home Cooking: Simple Meals, Authentic Recipes” to learn from For the rest of my life.
— -Francis Lam, Host of The Splendid Table
Sonoko Sakai is a master of the art of flavor and texture development in all things delicious, especially heritage grain cookery where her insights an originality from garden and field to bowl are unparalleled.
— - Glenn Roberts - Founder of Anson Mills
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My Publications


When it comes to cooking, there is no greater joy than having someone enjoy the meal you prepared. Hence, I have compiled some of my favourite Japanese recipes which I cook for my family and friends, so you can easily create the likes of soba, tofu, or even miso in your own kitchen.

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ingredients, techniques, and core recipes for seasoned cooks and beginners.

“This is a beautiful love letter to the simple, soulful foods that bring together family and tradition, seasonality and sustainability. Sonoko Sakai presents the elements of a home-cooked Japanese meal with thoughtfulness and clarity, honoring the deep culinary heritage of Japan and celebrating the provenance of her local ingredients”


:This book is a must read for any cook looking to tap into the depth of the Japanese culinary tradition.”

— TRAVIS LETT, Chef/Owner Gjelina and MTN

For anyone interested in Japanese home cooking, you could ask for no better teacher than Sonoko Sakai. Her approach is assured, thoughtful, and flexible, all at once. Her clear-as-a-bell recipes, enhanced always with stories from her singularly interesting life, lead to the most remarkable and delicious results. You need this book!

—Rachel Khong, author of Goodbye, Vitamin

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Workshops, Book Signings and More


Japanese food can be healthy, simple and fuss-free and anyone can prepare these dishes with a few staple ingredients in your pantry. Come and join my workshops to learn more about Japanese and other cooking techniques, ingredients and dishes so you can prepare a delicious feast at home.