The Complete Guide to Sushi & Sashimi Review - For the Home Sushi Chef Perfection is Attainable

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

For anyone who has ever tried to make Sushi at home, hoping for the quality and the presentation of the experts and ended eating splitting, half-filled, uneven, lopsided, California Rolls, The Complete Guide to Sushi & Sashimi is for you.

For those of certain persuasion one may think rolling the Nori (the seaweed outer wrap) should be as simple as other rolling techniques. It is not. The idea behind rolling, or folding, any food from a Burrito to an omelet to wrap sandwiches and of course back to our Sushi is the technique of the chef and the amount of food on this inside of the roll.


Chef Jacques Torres: The Sweet Life of Classic Pastry Arts

The Complete Guide to Sushi and Sashimi uses a technique employed by most culinary schools, immersion. Full size color photos are extremely helpful even for those who have sworn never to use the instruction manual of anything.

Oddly, sushi isn’t tricky to make as long as you have the right utensils and some patience to get acquainted with the techniques. And it does take practice, deciding to create the most complicated first often leads to floppy rolls with unsealing Nori.

Beginning with the simple, and of course learning to julienne the ingredients like Tuna, carrots, cucumber and even avocado truly aid the effort as large bulky pieces and visions of perfectly rolled Sushi clash and end in disappointment.

Jeffrey Elliot, former Director of Culinary Relations for Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Demeyere and Staub and Executive Chef for Z.A. Henckels USA,  co-authored The Complete Guide Sushi & Sashimi along with Executive Sushi Chef Robby Cook who, between the two, have created a must have manual for the adventurous home chef and lover of Japanese cuisine.

The Complete Guide to Sushi & Sashimi is a step by step guide beginning with the essentials needed to create perfect rice, ingredients, filleting fish for the freshest sushi and even onto plating techniques, the perfect blend of wasabi and soy, other reasons for the ginger and socially acceptable ways to consume the delicacies once the roll and craft is mastered.

With sections dedicated to each, the ingredients, and again I attest, as having an adventurous side, making the sushi without instruction (how hard can it be, really?) takes center stage without experts, who obviously give more respect to the process than I thought necessary and produce perfect pieces every time.

Cook shares his experiences with Fluke, octopus and red snapper and other types of fish and seafood. Sushi, maki, sashimi, nigari and oshizushi the tried and true and the unknown, are all included with the recipes to complete along with over 500 full color pictures. Tips from the experts and technique tricks are also detailed inside the hardcover, with a hidden wire, binding,

The Complete Guide to Sushi & Sashimi provides full size, perfectly clear, beautifully glossy, high resolution, photos that even if the directions seems unclear the clarity of the photos make it nearly impossible to mistake in the creation.

The authors offered a few tidbits of their own on ‘How this Book Differs from others; What type of Audience The Complete Guide to Sushi and Sashimi will benefit most; Why the book is important and key messages.

The Complete Guide to Sushi and Sashimi differs from others as the authors “provide verbal and visual clues with both photos and graphics” and it has “comprehensive step-by-step instruction.”

In determining the audience they added “anyone who want to start making sushi from the home cook to the professional who wants to add sushi to their repertoire and home cooks interested in creating an array of different types of sushi sashimi, rolls, and other sushi inspired dishes.”

Why the book is important? From Jeffrey Eliot, “it provides solid foundation for someone to go on to master sushi with practice.” And from Robby Cook, “it offers technique and recipes based on traditional style.”

The key message from both is practice and keep it fun. Creating sushi should be fun and enjoyable.

Preparation is key, 75% of making Sushi is preparation. Using your fingers to eat sushi is okay and considered socially acceptable in Asian cultures. Also each sushi piece is meant to be eaten in one bite. It will usually fall apart otherwise.

Nori (Seaweed roll) is a great source of minerals found in the ocean and the vinegar used in sushi rice is important in promoting cell metabolism. Eating pickled ginger  in between bites of sushi will cleanse the palate. It also helps kill bacteria. And best practices when using soy and wasabi dipping fish side to side not rice side.

The Complete Guide to Sushi and Sashimi is as enjoyable to look through as the expertise of the chef’s advances into the more expert Chef, checkerboard style Sushi that fit symmetrically to form kaleidoscope shapes during plating are presented to stretch the skill of the advance home chef.

The Complete Guide to Sushi and Sashimi is a great holiday or any day book for the beginner, the novice or the expert. Learning the technique to create a perfectly rolled sushi is thrilling when all the elements come together. The Nori seals, the rice blends perfect and finally sliced neatly. It’s an accomplishment.


Three Must-Have Cookbooks for the Summer BBQ Grilling Season (Recipes)

The Complete Guide to Sushi & Sashimi is available in the United States and United Kingdom. With 288 and over 500 full color pictures it is an essential guide for every kitchen. The ultimate and definitive instructional The Complete Guide to Sushi and Sashimi is available for under $30.00 everywhere.

The Complete Guide to Sushi & Sashimi is available through Amazon, Ebay and Barnes & Noble.

Haute Tease

  • Beltway Insider: Trump/Pence Build Legal Teams; Congressman Shot; Grenfell Towers; Navy Destroyer Collision

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Donald Trump has hired an additional legal counsel, and signally concern Vice President Michael Pence has also hired an attorney, to assist and guide them through the burgeoning Russia scandal and its subsequent legal challenges and proceedings.

     
  • HL Wellness: Do You Need A Therapist -These 5 Signs Point to Yes

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    You lose a loved one, a job, a relationship, a pet or get into an accident, have an injury, gain weight, have a baby, return from war or experience something else that just rattles you to your core. You know something isn’t right, you feel a bit off, but continue living your life thinking you’ll get over it. We all have been there and often with time we do get over it, sort of.

     
  • Three Dead, Eight Injured in Stockholm Lorry Attack; Threat Neutralized

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Swedes were preparing for a typical Friday evening at the Ahlens Mall in Klarabergsgatan when a lorry truck barreled down the street, jumped the curb, and continued on the sidewalk, in an apparent terrorist attack that killed three.

     
  • Sony Entertainment and Columbia Pictures Host SALT Junket in Washington, D.C.

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    SALT, a Sony Entertainment/Columbia Pictures film recently hosted its press junket which included a debut screening of the film, followed by an exclusive reception with panel discussion at The International Spy Museum and a Spy City Tour of espionage hot spots in Washington, DC.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Evaluates His Admin; Aleppo; EgyptAir Terror; Jordan; Holiday High Alerts; Road Rage

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Barack Obama hosted the White House Press Corps for his final, no holds barred, end of the year administration evaluation taking questions without any buffer, the President spoke candidly on the success and failures of his tenure.

     
  • Media Alert: di Rosa and the Northern California Wildfires

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Due to the recent Northern California wildfires, di Rosa Center for Contemporary art is closed until further notice. This includes postponement of all events related to the upcoming exhibition Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times.

     
  • Twenty-Six, Including Six Lawyers, Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Immigration Fraud Schemes

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Raymond W. Kelly, the Commissioner of the Police Department for the City of New York (NYPD); and Patricia A. Menges, the Director of the New York Asylum Office of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), announced today the unsealing of nine indictments.

     
  • Eight Children Found Stabbed to Death in Australia

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    In a grisly discovery a single surviving member of an Australian family arrived home to find eight members of his family dead, brutally butchered, and his mother, alive, suffering from multiple stab wounds.  

     
  • Renowned Plein Air Artists Featured At Catalina Island Conservancy Artist Salon

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Catalina Island Conservancy will be hosting an Artist Salon on Sunday, May 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Castillo del Mar in Avalon. This event is a precursor to the Conservancy's Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale, which will be held in October.

     
  • The Gambler Review – A Fast Moving, Raw, Pulse Pounding Ride

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    "The Gambler," from Paramount Pictures and Winkler Films, brings to the screen a low, close to the ground, pulse pounding, fast moving ride through an addict's universe, with quick turns, sharp dialogue, moments of brilliance, and an unpredictable ending.

     
  • Stuber Review – A Wild, Bad-Ass, Cat and Mouse Dramady

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Stuber, from 20th Century Fox Entertainment, presents a comedic drama that pairs the unlikeliest of heroes, an Uber driver and a blind LA detective, in the effort to bring to justice the drug kingpin responsible for his partner’s death.

     
  • LA Arts: Exclusive VIP Collectors Gala with Master Artist Royo – Equus Renewed

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    ROYO will be showcasing his new series, created specifically for this called "Equus Renewed," which incorporates Equus (horses) and the female form. ROYO will be traveling in from his home in Spain for the event which is very rare.

     
  • HL Tech: The Best Laptop Computers for College Students in 2016

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    For students entering college, a laptop computer is no longer a luxury. In today's mobile world, students will fare best with a laptop that's small enough for travel, but powerful enough to handle the tasks associated with high-level academics. Two considerations - budget and durability - remain important for consumers to determine which computer will survive four years of dorm life.  

  • Three Defendants Plead Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Participating in $57.3 Million Fraud on Victims of Nazi Persecution

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that GENRIKH KOLONTYRSKIY, MOYSEY KUCHER, and DORA KUCHER pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to conspiring to defraud programs administered by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. (the Claims Conference), established to aid the survivors of Nazi persecution, out of more than $57 million.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump Agrees to Meet Kim Jong Un; UK Nerve Gas; Disease X; Winter’s Last Wallop; Job Growth Deceptive

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Donald Trump has agreed to an unprecedented meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un at his request to formally discuss the complete, verifiable and irreversible de-nuclearization of North Korea's military and the stabilization of the region.