I feel fortunate to have three kids who absolutely love sushi and will attack a plate of it as if it is a pile of french fries. But beyond that, I haven’t cooked much Japanese food at home–I am pretty sure they’d love the noodles, the crispy panko-crusted meats and, of course, the chance to eat with two sticks.
PEKO PEKO: Family Friendly Japanese Recipes is foremost a great new book of recipes for those of us who want to introduce a little Eastern cooking into our Western kitchens. A labor of love compiled by the brilliant food bloggers Stacie Billis, Rachael Hutchings and Marc Matsumoto, it features the work of nearly sixty talented food writers, bloggers and photographers.
Let’s just say this beautifully designed book will be dog-eared instantly with me folding down page corners of recipes I want to try. Think Green Beans in Sesame Dressing or Japanese-Style Chicken Wings–perfect starters for even my crazy picky son. But there’s also adventurous fare; still authentic, but not so far out there to scare away food-shy kids (and adults).
Seems appropriate that the title is a common Japanese way to say “I’m Hungry,” doesn’t it?