Japanese Culinary Academy
KUMAKURA Isao, Historian
NINOMIYA Kumiko, Scientist
KAWASAKI Hiroya, Scientist
SHIMA Jun, Scientist
YAMAZAKI Hanae, Scientist
KUMA Masashi, YAMAGATA Shuichi,SAITO Akira
Hardcover, All color, 184 Pages
"Knowing how to use umami to draw out the flavor of ingredients can be a tremendous asset in the techniques of a chef.”
Umami, along with sweet, sour, salty, bitter, is the basic taste identified in Japan as the basic ele-ment of good flavor. Abundant in dashi, the broth traditionally used for cooking, used to bring out the inherent flavor of foods, umami can be con-sidered the very pivot of Japanese cuisine. This book introduces the ichiban dashi broth that is the basis of all manner of dishes as well as shojin dashi with its long history as a vegetarian broth, as well as some newer types made with vegetables and chicken or duck. The techniques and recipes given in this book are not intended to represent a rigid orthodoxy or “correct” way. Rather I hope that chefs will learn the basics presented here and be able to put the knowledge provided to use in their own cuisines, thereby opening up new horizons in their profession.
– MURATA YoshihiroDirector, Japanese Culinary Academy
Chapter 1 Japanese Cuisine and the Culture of Umami
Chapter 2 The Basics of Dashi
Chapter 3 Dashi Making Techniques
Chapter 4 Additional Types of Dashi
Chapter 5 Fermented Seasonings and Foods
Chapter 6 Basic Flavorings and Seasonings
Non-Profit OrganizationJapanese Culinary Academy
Founded in 2004 to support the advancement and spread of Japanese cuisine. JCA is engaged in educatioal, cultural and technical research as well as in dissemination of the results of its research for people living not only in Japan but other parts of the world.
Aimed at contributing to the promotion of understanding of Japanese cuisine and enhancement of its appeal, JCA activities also include the development of food culture, training of professionals, nutritional education for the upcoming generations, and exchenge programs for chefs around the world.