- Print Length: 144 Pages
- Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International
- Publication Date: January 7, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00S9NK3MA
- ISBN-10: 981451649X
- ISBN-13: 978-9814516495
- File Format: AZW3
A treat not just for the taste buds, but also for the other senses, these delightful Japanese confections known as wagashi were traditionally prepared according to the season, to be savoured with tea, as a snack during the day. Made using various types of sweet bean pastes, flours and gelatin, these delicate treats are now widely enjoyed throughout the day, and make ideal gifts whatever the occasion. Discover the delectable world of Japanese wagashi from traditional favourites to new creations with this inspiring collection of recipes from the talented Chef Yamashita Masataka.
Wagashi often uses a lot of seasonal ingredients as the world of wagashi often reflects the four seasons in Japan. However, even though the recipes in this book do incorporate seasonal ingredients such as strawberry, pumpkin, and tomato, they did not use other traditional fruits such as kumquats, peaches or persimmons. Also, to my disappointment, there was no recipe for sakura mochi either, which is one of my favorite wagashi.
That being said, there are lot of good recipes here.The author teaches you how to make basic wagashi and wagasi components such as dango and red bean paste. There are also some interesting twists such as red bean panna cotta and milky strawberry mochi.
Meanwhile, most of the instructions are clear and simple to understand. There are also a few good albeit small step-by-step photos that tell you what to do.
In addition, the book’s format is sleek and sophisticated and the photos are very beautiful. Overall, the book is pretty good even though the variety of recipes is limited.