Uchi- The Cookbook

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When I visited the restaurant Uchi in Austin Texas a few years ago I was very impressed by their innovated take on modern Japanese cuisine. I had a great meal there and now I can try to replicate those dishes at home with chef Tyson Cole’s new cookbook.
This is my pick for cookbook of the year for 2011. I like the section on “components” where you can create “an accessory” or “yakumi” that you can use to accompaniment other kinds of dishes. The book is beautifully photographed and has inspirational recipes to try creating at home. Like last years cookbook pick from NOMA, a lot of the ingredients will be hard to find. I would’ve liked to have seen a sources list to help me find the obscure ingredients.