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Ogata: Finding Beauty in Rustic Cuisine

Price:
12,000 yen (JPY)
Author(s):
Toshiro Ogata
Language(s):
Japanese and English
Size:
300 × 278 × 31 mm, 1840 g
Pages:
168
Binding:
hardcover
Release date:
20170818
ISBN:
978-4-86152-588-9 C0076

The art and philosophy of chef Toshiro Ogata, revealed in his own words.

When I’m working with a particular vegetable, I think about raindrops seeping into the soil nourishing the plants. I picture drops of rain dripping from their leaves. . . . These images flood my mind as I work, prompting me to express them in my dishes.

——Toshiro Ogata

Ingredients are created by nature using soil, water, heat, and light. And cuisine is the art of transforming these ingredients through the use of human techniques. Appreciating this process creates tranquility for the soul.

——Ryuichi Sakamoto (foreword)

At his restaurant tucked away in a picturesque alley in the heart of Kyoto, Toshiro Ogata captivates diners with one-of-a-kind cuisine born of a passionate and untiring inquiry into the essence of seasonal ingredients. In the seven chapters of this book—Water, Soil, Aroma, Heat, Salt, Cuts, Vessels—he reveals the elements forming his philosophy of what he terms the “rustic” in cuisine.

True to this philosophy—which calls for remembering and honoring the origins of food in nature—Ogata’s creations are consummately honed, yet powerfully redolent of soil and sea. Dramatic photographs showcase his artistry as presented on a range of fine vessels, from traditional Japanese Kenzan and Oribe wares to Korean Joseon-dynasty porcelain and Lucie Rie, all curated by the chef himself. Together with the notes on ingredients and procedures, the result is a book that will appeal alike to gourmets and antique art lovers, culinary experts and those simply looking to savor Ogata’s magic.

Winner of a Special Award in the Word category of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2018

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