Make It Japanese reflects Rie McClenny journey from her birthplace of Japan to the United States and how she learned to cook heartfelt recipes from scratch, often using only ingredients from her local supermarket. Throughout her culinary career, from home cook to star of BuzzFeed Tasty’s “Make It Fancy” video series, she has drawn inspiration from the nourishing food her mother cooked throughout her childhood and her extensive knowledge of Japanese cuisine and ingredients that she brought to life in an American kitchen.
In her debut cookbook, Rie shares just how approachable Japanese home cooking can be, no matter where you are. She presents a collection of comforting, homestyle recipes that use just a handful of easy-to-find Japanese ingredients, such as soy sauce, mirin, and sake, and simple, essential cooking techniques, like making rice bowls (donburi), frying the perfect home-style tempura, and gently simmering vegetables and proteins to delicious effect.
Each accompanied by bright, beautiful photography, these delectable recipes include:
Whether making dinner on a busy weeknight or hosting a multi-course banquet, Make It Japanese is the ideal resource and perfect introduction to the world of Japanese cuisine, ingredients, and cooking techniques.
“As chefs—and I am no exception—we often hope to re-create the comfort food from our own countries. This can be a difficult task because it involves both compromise and creativity. This duality is embedded in every single one of Rie’s marvelous recipes. Her book taught me new things about familiar ingredients, and reconnected me with the wonderful Japanese home cooking that I have always loved.”
Nobu Matsuhisa, chef and owner, Nobu Restaurant Group
“Make It Japanese is the literary equivalent of umami. You know how when you taste something with umami, you can’t stop eating it? With Make It Japanese, you can’t stop reading it and you can’t stop cooking from it. These are recipes you’ll revel in over and over.”
Dorie Greenspan, New York Times bestselling cookbook author
“Rie has written a book that is full of amazing homestyle Japanese food that I love and want to eat every day. She makes the dream a reality with recipes that are as easy to follow as they are delicious. From oyako don to nabe and pickles, she hits all the favorites. Plus, she’s the coolest cucumber on the planet. Run, don’t walk, to this book.”
Roy Choi, chef and restaurateur
“Rie McClenny has packed a lot into Make It Japanese’s doable collection of recipes, straightforward pointers, and cultural tidbits. She has a knack for anticipating your questions and answers them succinctly. This is the book for anyone wanting unfussy, delicious Japanese home cooking.”
Andrea Nguyen, James Beard Award winner and author of Ever-Green Vietnamese
“Rie takes you on an amazing culinary journey of delicious Japanese recipes you can easily make at home with readily obtainable ingredients.”
John Kanell, New York Times bestselling author and founder of Preppy Kitchen