A Taste of Culture

Japanese Culinary Arts programs with Elizabeth Andoh

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Taste of Culture offers two group program options in our Tokyo kitchen: Hands-On Cooking Workshop, and Tasting-Demo Lunch.
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Kashiwa Mochi

So named because this sweet is wrapped in kashiwa (oak) leaves, kashiwa mochi 柏餅 is enjoyed during the Golden Week holidays, early in May. Historically this sweet is associated with Tango no Sekku (also known as Kodomo no Hi or Children's Day). What's the connection?...

Fresh Bamboo Shoots

The moment in the culinary calendar when a food is at its seasonal peak of flavor is referred to as shün, and it is the driving force in most Japanese kitchens. Indeed, entire menus are planned around shün ingredients. In the spring, as tender bamboo buds begin to...

Kiriboshi Daikon

Before refrigeration became widely available, pre-modern societies struggled with keeping fresh food from spoiling. A variety of ingenious techniques were developed throughout the world, including drying fresh foods in well-ventilated shade. In Japan, the resulting...

2-Session Tsukemono Workshop

May 31 & June 1, 2024

Learn the secrets of Japanese pickling in this live workshop
at Taste of Culture's Tokyo kitchen.

Brining, sweet vinegar-curing, saké kasu-curing, kōji-curing, miso-immersion, & komé nuka-immersion.

40 Years of Food Writing

Since 1980, Elizabeth Andoh’s cookbooks have offered more than recipes; they touch on all aspects of Japanese food culture. Award-winning WASHOKU covers the fundamentals of the Japanese kitchen; KANSHA explores the vegan and vegetarian traditions.

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Hungry to learn more about Japan?

A TASTE OF CULTURE culinary arts program combines spicy tidbits of food lore with practical tips and skill-building lessons on how to prepare Japanese food. In-person programs are conducted in Tokyo, Japan, and offer a unique opportunity for foreign residents and visitors from overseas to explore and enjoy Japan’s culture through its food. Instruction, by ELIZABETH ANDOH, is in English. A variety of online learning options are available for those unable to be in Tokyo.

A Taste of Culture programs empower participants in the ways of the Japanese kitchen, providing them with basic skills and knowledge regarding traditional and classic cooking methods, equipment, ingredients, menu planning and food presentation. By focusing on essential foodstuffs and procedures, program participants can recreate authentic Japanese cuisine for themselves, no matter where in the world they may be.

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