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What if you embark on a new activity in 2023? Japanese cuisine, manga drawing… Get started!

What if you embark on a new activity in 2023? Japanese cuisine, manga drawing… Get started!

At the beginning of the year, some could make good decisions. Instead, Journal du Japon invites you to take on new challenges and discover new activities. Cooking, drawing… Clear and practical books are here to accompany you!

Cooking with two beautiful books: the basics of Japanese cuisine and noodles in all forms in a 100% vegetable version

We start with The flavors of Japan from Laura Ki etc Aline Princet according to Mango editions, a book that combines essential and more personal recipes, but also encounters with several Japanese personalities or those closely associated with Japan. A beautiful large format book to discover the taste of Japan.

It begins with various details about this taste of Japan. The first explanation of Japanese cuisine: the cuisine of ancestors nourished by influences, the cuisine of centenarians, the cuisine in the rhythm of the seasons and the cuisine of the combination of taste and aesthetics. We are also talking about umami, the word that uniquely characterizes Japanese cuisine, and which is much more than the fifth taste that is often adorned. Finally, there is the question of the classic composition of dishes in Japan.

Then come basics : classic presentations of Japanese foods to have in your cupboard, with beautiful and large photos of the different ingredients, as well as a definition of each product featured. The same applies to fruits, vegetables and herbs used in Japanese cuisine. Then we move on to making sauces (with the chef’s advice on how to use them, which dishes to pair them with). A double page is devoted to seaweed, an important ingredient in Japan. You will also learn in this section how to make seasoning, furikake, tsukemono, takuan, Chinese cabbage with umeboshi. And of course cook rice, prepare dashi (with a vegetarian version), miso soup or suimono with mushrooms.

What if you embark on a new activity in 2023?  Japanese cuisine, manga drawing… Get started!In each major part of the book you will find a portrait which will make you discover your personality around a few questions: What are your favorite Japanese dishes? Your flagship product? Do you associate one or more memories with it, like your “madeleine de Proust”? What is your connection to this kitchen today? A little tip or tip to share? It’s always exciting to discover or re-discover someone connected to cooking.

The following parts are organized:

  • eye rice : sushi, maki, but also oyakodon, gyudon, onigiri and other items to put in the bento box
  • eye noodles : soba with salad or with duck, udon, somen, ramen… with the bonus of shiitake gyoza
  • other star dishes : tempura, tonkatsu, niku jaga, karé rice, but also fish, yakitori, without forgetting shabu-shabu, sukiyaki, oknomiyaki and many others
  • eye vegetables, tofu and eggs : salads (for example kaki, nashi and avocado!), vegetables cooked in different ways (especially eggplant), recipes for tofu, chawan mushi, etc.
  • And for those with a sweet tooth, chapter desserts (and drinks) : anko as a base, various wagashi, kumquat mochi, fluffy matcha pancakes, castella, dorayaki, daifuku, matcha-chocolate fondant, and gourmet drinks with tea, sake.

Tuna tataki at Flavors of JapanThe recipes are simple and well explained. The photos that illustrate them are superb. And the set is completed by beautiful photos of Japan during the seasons.

It’s colorful, exotic… it’s like we’re going to Japan for a while, delving into the photos and making these recipes that are a part of Japanese everyday life.

Good trip, good preparation, good taste: and don’t hesitate to send us photos of your dishes!

More information about publisher’s website.

Ramen and co 100% vegetables from Cheynese, La Plage editions: coverAnother cookbook for you this year: Ramen and co from The Cheyennes according to La Plage editions, a 100% vegetable noodle recipe book. Something to enjoy all year round with the flavors and colors of vegetables, spices and herbs!

You may know the Cheynese through his Instagram account or his Tik Tok account. Thanks to this wonderful book, it is now possible to always have your vegetable noodle recipes with you. There you will find many recipes for summer and winter, how to eat lightly or more generously, but above all to delight your eyes and taste buds with all the palettes of flavors and colors it offers you. invites you to discover recipes from all over Asia.

The book is divided into several parts in which you can draw as you wish: cold noodle-based soups ideal for summer, plenty of noodle salads, but also stewed noodles and, of course, hot noodle-based soups and stocks. And at the end of the book, other somewhat unclassifiable recipes, Japanese udon carbonara, kimchi udon, somen and artichoke confit with miso, dandan noodles (street food from Sichuan), biang biang, Korean rabokki and many others.

ramen in co de Cheynese, La Plage editions: inside pageBefore these recipes, you’ll find explanations of the basic ingredients you must have in your cupboard, followed by a few basic recipes for making oil, dashi, kimchi, sauces and even your own homemade udon.

Each recipe is a double page subject. Title and weight, description of the dish (origin, explanation, anecdotes, then very clear and very simple step by step), and below the list of ingredients.

The photos of the recipes are very beautiful, colorful and tempting.

ramen and co by Cheynese, La Plage editions: inside pageServings vary from one to five so be careful when reading the recipe! It’s true that a ramen dish can be made for one person, and a fried noodle dish can easily be made for a group of friends… Which makes this book the right companion for healthy daily meals, but also for a good time with friends.

More information about publisher’s website.

Drawing manga with a book to start gently

Manga drawing by Ta Van-Huy, Manga Editions: CoverThe Mango editions to offer a new book dedicated to manga drawing. This time, it’s a book for beginners that will allow you to start slowly, without fear of not getting there, because everything is explained simply and clearly, with concrete basics and very accessible step-by-step models. A BOOK to get you started!

From the introduction, the apprentice cartoonist is given confidence because he is encouraged not to be afraid to copy, to devote time to his passion, to persevere and be flexible, to remain open, curious.

Presentation material is simple and effective: mechanical pencil, eraser, pencil, different types of markers whose purposes will be explained on the pages. Nothing is missing, nothing is too much.

Then we start with a mechanical pencil for Sketch. Learn to scale characters, structure volumes, create movements. There are humans as well as animals or chimeras. You also learn to draw hands (anxiety of many apprentices, but here it is simple, almost easy, the different positions of the hands are put in detailed sketches that are available step by step), but also all parts of the face: proportionally distribute the lines according to the orientation of the face (profile, face , 3/4), draw hair, nose, eyes, mouth and even eyebrows. What’s also fascinating is drawing facial expressions, in a few simple strokes everything changes, it’s funny and fascinating!

Once you’ve mastered the sketches (we could spend hours with a mechanical pencil and an eraser, just to be sure), we attack completing the drawing : learn to modulate lines to give relief, draw shadows, shade, apply wefts… Each line has its own marker and learn to use the right tool in the right way.

Finally, the last part is dedicated to colorization. We learn how interesting alcohol markers are for flat surfaces of a uniform color, we also use them for shading (different shades for different effects), for decomposition (using a blender, a colorless marker), and above all we know when to do what during coloring, it’s very simple, but important! We can then complete this coloring by creating effects with pastels and colored pencils to tint the complexion. You can also use a white gel roller to create light effects. Hair coloring may seem difficult, but it is clearly explained on a separate page. And finally we finish with water markers for a little original touch.

In short, everything is in the book. You can start from scratch, you will be able to progress slowly but effectively. And once you’ve mastered all these basics, you can dive into other books for more complex stuff. But with this you will already have the pleasure of drawing and coloring beautiful manga characters! We are waiting for your creations!

More information about publisher’s website.

Cook, draw, start new projects! And above all, have fun and have a good year!



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