The Exquisite Cuisine of Kyoto's Kikunoi Restaurant - A stunning journey in dazzling photos and insightful text through the courses of Japan's most elegant and artistic cuisine - The specialized cuisine served at Kyoto's famed Kikunoi restaurant is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate, and Kaiseki, by owner / chef Yoshihiro Murata, is at once a cookbook and a work of art. This sumptuously illustrated volume features—in seasonal format—the style of cooking that began as tea ceremony accompaniment and developed into the highest form of Japanese cookery. Kaiseki celebrates the natural ingredients of each season with a spectacular presentation. After a front section explaining the history and components of kaiseki cuisine, Murata introduces his establishment's impressive menu. With candor and insight, he shares his thoughts on ingredients, preparation methods and the philosophy behind his dishes. He explains how the cuisine has changed over the years and continues to do so. His professional and personal accounts are enlightening; ranging, for example, from how some dishes evolve in the search for the proper combination of ingredients to a description of a learning encounter with a zen master. Approximately twenty dishes from each season, chosen by chef Murata, have been lovingly and carefully photographed to convey the experience of being an honored guest at his restaurant. Also included are the exact recipes direct from the Kikunoi kitchen, and a glossary of kaiseki terms.
Chef Yoshihiro Murata, a distinguished authority on Japanese cooking, is renowned for his ability to combine tradition with innovation. He is the third-generation chef-owner of the restaurant Kikunoi, which serves Kaiseki cuisine, a refined and stylized approach to cooking derived from the Japanese tea ceremony, which has its roots in Zen Buddhism.