The Bookshelf: Everyday Harumi

Everyday HarumiHarumi Kurihara wants Japanese cooking to come naturally. In her introduction of her new cookbook, Everyday Harumi, she writes, "I would like to see people around the world...being able to say, 'I feel like eating Japanese food. What shall I make?'" For those of us who have trouble making the food reach our mouths when using chopsticks, Harumi's mission may sound like a pipe dream. But she tries her best to keep things simple: while her list of pantry essentials adds up to 16 items, almost all of them can be found at upscale grocers like Whole Foods. And true to the book's title, the light soups, salads, and mains are largely uncomplicated—once you've made them, they can easily join your weeknight repertoire. When we spoke with Harumi, she revealed that her favorite Japanese staples include

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Recipe: Pumpkin Soufflé with Parma Ham Chips

Savory pumpkin soufflé As promised, we're bringing you the recipe for the savory pumpkin soufflé with prosciutto di Parma chips (not shown) that Paolo Parmeggiani served at the Beard House last Tuesday. Make it as a delicious, unexpected part of your Thanksgiving spread.

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Recipe: Chocolate–Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Ganache

Chocolate–Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Ganache When we shared a lovely photo of a savory pumpkin soufflé yesterday, you guys went gaga over it, so we're delivering even more of what you crave with this warm, soulful cake recipe from Kaushik Chowdury of the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix. We're certain that you'll find it irresistible. Just make sure you use pumpkin purée instead of sweetened pumpkin pie filling—otherwise you'll have a cloying cake on your hands.

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