Sonoko Sakai New York Cookbook Tour

Japanese American food writer, culinary instructor, noodle maker, and grain activist Sonoko Sakai will be in New York the first week of December to promote her new book, Japanese Home Cooking: Simple Meals, Authentic Flavors.

About Japanese Home Cooking

The book weaves together recipes for traditional Japanese dishes with personal anecdotes from the California-based writer, who was born in New York and raised in Tokyo, Kamakura, Mexico City, and San Francisco.

Using high-quality, seasonal ingredients in simple preparations, Sakai offers recipes with a gentle voice and a passion for authentic Japanese cooking. Beginning with the pantry, she explores the flavors of this cuisine alongside fundamental recipes, such as dashi and pickles, and traditional techniques, like making noodles and properly cooking rice. Readers can use these building blocks to cook an abundance of everyday recipes.

From there, the book expands into an exploration of dishes organized by breakfast; vegetables and grains; meat; fish; noodles, dumplings, and savory pancakes; and sweets and beverages. Sakai covers classic dishes like Chawanmushi (a savory, soupy warm custard) with Manila Clams and Shiitake Mushrooms and Takikomi-Gohan (Vegetables and Chicken Rice). She also dives into more inventive dishes such as Nukazuke (fermented pickles) and Curry with Relish of the Seven Lucky Gods. Let Sakai be your guide through the richness of Japanese cuisine.

Featuring stunning photographs by Rick Poon, the book also includes stories of food purveyors in California and Japan. This is a generous and authoritative book that will appeal to home cooks of all levels.

The Los Angeles Times named Japanese Home Cooking one of the top ten cookbooks to give this holiday season. Locally, Edible Manhattan is giving away copies of the cookbook. To register for a chance to win, click here.

Sonoko Sakai’s New York Schedule

*UPDATE* Tuesday, December 3 from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. *UPDATE*

Asia Society – 725 Park Avenue (at E. 70th Street)

Admission: Free

Sakai will have a book signing at Asia Society, where her book is available for purchase at the AsiaStore. This event was originally scheduled for Wednesday, December 4.

Wednesday, December 4 from 5:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

Marlow & Sons Brooklyn – 81 Broadway, Brooklyn

This popular Williamsburg spot known for its New American menu with an emphasis on farm freshness will host the author for a book-inspired menu and signing event.

For reservations, please visit Marlow & Sons on Resy.

Thursday, December 5 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

East/West Riceways with Japanese Home Cooking’s Sonoko Sakai

Archestratus Books + Food – 160 Huron Street, Brooklyn

Admission: $20

Sakai will participate in a panel discussion and book signing at Archestratus Books + Food. Joining her in conversation will be Glenn Roberts, Anson Mills founder and the “godfather” of heirloom grains; Lora Zarubin, chef, prize-winning cookbook author, and food editor; Robin Koda, third generation Japanese American and co-owner of Koda Farms, the oldest, continuously family-owned and operated rice farm on the West Coast; and Mamiko Nishiyama, ninth generation shop owner of the 300-year-old Japanese Grocery Shop in Tokyo.

They will discuss the Global history of rice—how rice trends are evolving in Japanese and Western cultures and how traditional Japanese cuisine is embracing the ever-changing culinary landscape in the East and West.

Sakai’s mari sushi balls and mochi balls are included in the ticket price; drinks and books will be available for purchase.

To purchase tickets, please visit Archestratus Books + Food’s Eventbrite page.

Food writer Nancy Matsumoto visited with Sakai on Monday!

Go to one—or all!—of Sonoko Sakai’s events and learn more about the Japanese kitchen. If you can’t attend, you can purchase “Japanese Home Cooking” on She will also be a featured guest on an upcoming episode of The Big Root Podcast, so stay tuned!

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