Books We Love: Peko Peko Cookbook

Peko Peko Japanese cookbook recipes

( I have been searching for a cookbook that showcases authentic Japanese cuisine for years. I finally found one; and it's co-written by one of my favorite food bloggers - Marc Matsumoto from NoRecipes! Remember his Asparagus Linguine recipe we featured two years ago?

With 100% of the proceeds goes to GlobalGiving Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Relief Fund, Peko Peko - the name of the cookbook - is a project brought alive by 3 bloggers who were deeply moved by the March 2011 devastation in Japan. Indeed, Peko Peko - a phrase that mimics the sounds of an empty stomach - is a common saying for little ones in Japan to say "I'm hungry!".

We are all familiar with sushi - a piece of fish sitting on top of a ball of rice. That may be exquisite to us, but not so for our little ones! For a variation for the kids, try the crispy rice from the Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice recipe (page 34) and top with some colorful chopped veggies mixed with mayo.  Your kids will love it!

If you love Japanese Gyoza, you will not be disappointed with the authentic Pork & Shiitake Mushroom Gyoza recipe (page 54). It even comes with picture-by-picture wrapper folding instructions! 

Packed with 59 family-friendly recipes, Peko Peko truly surprised me in its last section - Desserts! I'm a super soy food fan; that's no secret. So I'm immediately drawn to the Almost-No-Bake Tofu Cheesecake recipe (page 96). Its super light, mousse-like texture just makes me savor every (small) bite! 

Authors: Stacie Billis, Rachael Hutchings, and Marc Matsumoto


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