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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