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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Funky Fish Sauces

Fermented fish sauces can be found in many parts of the world, most having been produced for thousands of years. It is unclear whether each was an independent "discovery" or whether they influenced each other by way of shared ancient trade routes and/or political...

Miso Soup

An Honorable Bowl of Soup The Japanese have several words to describe their ubiquitous soup seasoned and enriched with miso. The prosaic miso shiru 味噌汁 is a generic word meaning "miso-thickened broth" while miso ji-daté 味噌仕立て is a functional, culinary term meaning...

Kumquats

Kumquats are called kinkan 金柑 in Japanese, meaning "golden citrus."  The fruit is native to south-east China where they have been cultivated for hundreds of years, though the scientific name is Citrus japonica. There are dozens of varities of kumquats but the round...

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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