The Fed-Ex fellow dropped off a highly anticipated package last week – my Peko Peko cookbook, hot off the presses.
Peko Peko: Family Friendly Japanese Recipes is a collection of nearly 60 Japanese and Japanese-inspired recipes published by Blurb, 100% of the profits of which will be donated to charity relief in Japan. I was fortunate to be one of the food bloggers who contributed a recipe to the cookbook.
I hesitated a minute before opening the box. What if I didn’t like it? What if it was just okay? I continued, and a few seconds later, as the wrappings slid to the floor, I held in my hands the work of three talented curators and fifty bloggers.
It usually takes me about five second to assess if I’m going to like a cookbook or not. I can’t put my finger on exactly how all the right elements have to fall into line, but usually after a quick flip from cover to cover I’m either sold or – meh.
A cookbook that can easily rival any other out there, Peko Peko offers 120 full-color pages packed with gorgeous photography and 59 Japanese-inspired recipes contributed by 56 of today’s best and brightest food writers, bloggers and photographers.
Peko Peko also includes an indispensable guide to over 50 Japanese ingredients, including suitable substitutions for the North American home cook. If you’ve never cooked Japanese food, don’t worry, the detailed pantry section in the book that will give you the information you need to use those new ingredients with confidence.
My recipe in Peko Peko is for Roasted Shiitake Parmesan Pops, an addictive little appetizer with just five ingredients – all of them found in major grocery stores.
Photo by No Recipes
Perhaps my favorite part of the cookbook is an essay on bringing Japanese food and other global cuisines to the family table.
“Serving global cuisines at the family table is more than just fun; it’s also an opportunity to expand your children’s palates and their understanding of the larger world.” ~ Peko Peko
Sounds like another opportunity to build our family food culture to me. I can’t wait to get cooking.
Peko Peko is available the self-publishing service, Blurb, where all of the proceeds will go to the GlobalGiving Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. Nobody involved in making the book will profit from Peko Peko, including Blurb. As a Peko Peko sponsor, the good folks at Blurb have agreed to waive their usual cut of book sales.
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You won’t be seeing any recipes published on blogs from this cookbook, nor many giveaways for Peko Peko, as we want to encourage people to buy the book and support the charity. So head on over and order a copy or five!