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Hiroko is widely recognized as an expert on Japanese cuisine. Hiroko is a visiting chef-instructor at professional cooking schools and vocational cooking schools, a consulting chef to the restaurant and food service industries, cookbook author and freelance writer based in the United States since 1999.

Hiroko's restaurant consulting project was to create an authentic Japanese curry restaurant, Kare-ken, in San Francisco, and temaki hand-roll restaurant in New York City. Other past projects include: AVI Foodsystems, Bon Appetit Management, The IngredientFinder.com, Toyota (Bogota, Colombia), Bogota Wine & Food Festival, Food & Wine South Beach, Zojirushi America, JETRO (Japanese Government Organization), Bon Appetit and Saveur, New York Mutual Trading Company, PF Chang's China Bistro, True World Food, UMass Dining, Uniliver and Ruth's Chris Steak House.

Twice a year Hiroko teaches an intensive, hands-on, one-week basic Japanese cooking course, Essentials of Japanese Cuisine, at International Culinary Center in New York City. Hiroko has also worked with numerous avocational cooking schools across the country and Europe.

Hiroko is a frequent chef guest at The World of Flavors Conference at the Culinary Institute of America in Greystone, Calif.

Hiroko has written three cookbooks. Her first two award-winning books, "The Japanese Kitchen" (Harvard Common Press, 2000) -- IACP Finalists, Food & Wine magazine Best of The Best, and Cooking Light magazine Top 100 Cookbook of the Last 25 Years -- and "The Sushi Experience" (Knopf, 2006) -- James Beard Foundation Finalist, are considered primers on Japanese cuisine and continue to attract professional chefs and home cooks.

Her most recent book, "Hiroko's American Kitchen: Cooking with Japanese Flavors" (Andrews McMeel 2012) has recently won IACP Cookbook Award 2013 under American Category. "Hiroko's American Kitchen" offers an entirely new perspective on Japanese cooking. Rather than teaching how to cook authentic Japanese cuisine, she focuses on integrating Japanese flavors, cooking techniques and staples onto the North American table.

Hiroko's new line of her sauces will be introduced in early summer, 2014.

Hiroko is a member of International Association of Culinary Professionals and Les Dames d'Escoffier New York chapter.

The duck is prepared table side at La Couronne. Credit: La Couronne

In the town of Rouen in Normandy, France, there is a dish that should not be missed. It is canard a la rouennaise a

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Tonkatsu kare, or pork cutlet with curry sauce. Credit: Hiroko Shimbo

After several days in Japan, every foreign traveler notices that the Japanese love kare-raisu or curry rice as much as they do sushi and

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Nuka-zuke pickled vegetables

Every summer, a bounty of vegetables from my local green market inspires me to go back to nuka-zuke, an ancient Japanese pickling method based

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Japanese-influenced ceviche with weakfish. Credit: Hiroko Shimbo

Five years ago, I visited Peru and tasted ceviche, the national dish of raw fish cured in citrus juice, for the first time. I

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The first course of a shojin ryori meal, including goma-dofu, in Kyoto, Japan. Credit: Hiroko Shimbo

Today, we live in a world where many things have gone wrong with the diets of many people. These include inhumanely raised meat and

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Japanese meals are beautifully balanced and presented, and tend to be light on the stomach. You will never feel that you are stuffed with

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