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Me? Make Sushi?

I confess. I can’t resist taking home the sushi combo-pack every time I shop at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. I love it. But making it at home, on my own?

Book Review: The Complete Guide to Sushi & Sashimi

Authors: Jeffrey Elliot & Robby Cook

I couldn’t imagine doing this until I started reading this comprehensive cookbook. I’ve watched people on TV and YouTube make Sushi — Samantha made it (and wore it!) in an episode of Sex in the City, but still… And what is Sashimi anyway? Oh yes… raw fish… isn’t it kind of dangerous to handle if you don’t know what you’re doing? Preparing either seems more than intimidating to this meat & potatoes, processed-foods-changing-to-paleo home-cook but I’m up for a challenge… are you?

If yes, then get The Complete Guide to Sushi & Sashimi by Jeffrey Elliot & Robby Cook and for the price of $30 or just one-time eating out you can be making your own sushi and loving it. Of course you’ll need some tools like bamboo rolling mats and proper knives but once you have these and a trustworthy source for fresh fish, you, like Samantha, can’t be stopped if you really want to master artful food preparation.

I especially love this style of cookbook because it’s “spiral’ bound so it lies flat on the counter or in a cookbook stand. Plus there are lots of pictures showing step-by-step instructions (625 to be exact). I’ve learned from reviewing a variety of cookbooks that I’m a visual reader so the more photos the better. Gift this book to your best cooking buddy with an invitation to go shopping then make California Rolls together (for me, it’s a bit intimidating to attempt alone). Assuming you succeed, and enjoy the process, how can you resist making Dragon Rolls for your next Game of Thrones viewing party?

I recommend this book to cooks who already know the basics and want to expand their knowledge. And, it’s great for those of us who most likely won’t dive-in making these dishes at home but, after reading it, will be excited to try more exotic sushi and sashimi when we go-out while fully appreciating the skill required for its presentation.


My thanks to Robert Rose, Inc. for the opportunity to review this cookbook.

See other great cookbooks by this publisher here

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