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food and culture in context

Epicurean Ideals
from the Heart of Japan

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Upon moving to Japan in 2007, I immediately recognized the great depth and beauty of Japanese culinary traditions. Eating at my mother-in-law’s table kindled a desire to know more about the fascinating ingredients she used and the techniques that daily transformed them into such exquisite dishes. Thus began an enduring journey deep into Japan's food culture exploring the origin of ingredients, the craft of the cook, and the rituals of the table.




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Gathering to taste Japan's finest flavors.

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Flavors to bring to the table in each season.

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that inexplicable essence of Japan’s culinary culture

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“Through her beautiful prose and photography Prairie captures

She has a gift for conveying the underlying philosophies that are inherent in kaiseki cuisine - a deep appreciation and gratitude for all that nature has to offer.”