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Yoshihiro Murata: Kaiseki
by Evan Orensten
on 20 October 2006
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Kaiseki: The Exquisite Cuisine of Kyoto's Kikunoi Restaurant is a captivating volume celebrating the history and beauty of Japan's finest cuisine. And one lucky CH reader will win an autographed copy.

Authored by Yoshihiro Murata (a third generation chef and owner of Kyoto's famed Kikunoi and Kiamachi restaurants) and beautifully photographed by Masashi Kuma, they take us on a culinary and visual journey into this history-steeped art.

Kaiseki originally referred to the warm stones monks-in-training held inside their habits to stave off hunger and came to refer to the elaborate multi-course meal served at formal tea ceremonies. In his book Murata introduces recipes from his impressive menu as well as sharing his thoughts behind the philosophy of his dishes. Worthwhile for the photography and food styling alone, this book makes an excellent addition to your kitchen library or coffee table.

We had the great honor of meeting chef Murata on his first visit to the U.S. a few weeks ago. He was kind enough to sign a copy of his book for one of our readers. All you have to do is tell us about your favorite Japan or Japanese food experience and we'll give the book to the CH reader with the best story. Please email your entires to leti [at] coolhunting [dot] com by Friday, 27 October 2006 with Kaiseki as the title of your email.

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