As Shichimi readers, you probably understand that this blog is a purely personal project: I don’t accept advertising, sponsorships, or any other forms of patronage. (Any ads you see at the bottom of this page are there courtesy of WordPress.) However, I do enjoy promoting and supporting individuals and small businesses I admire, hence the list of blogs you see listed on the right. Of these blogs, there are very few I actually read regularly, but a small handful keep me coming back for their beautiful photography, creative approach to food, and engaging writing and stories. Azusa Oda’s blog Humble Bean has all these elements and more. That’s why I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be giving away a copy of Azusa’s latest recipe booklet, which includes 11 recipes and gorgeous color photos, to one lucky reader in 2013!
Based in Los Angeles, Azusa has been writing about her forays into contemporary Japanese cuisine since 2009. Her fresh, unpretentious approach to a seemingly impenetrable (at least to Westerners) culinary tradition is genuinely refreshing and inspiring; her recipe for keema curry udon strikes a perfect balance between comfort and novelty while also hinting at Japan’s changing tastes. (Keema curry is a favorite standby in Indian restaurants across Japan.) An appreciation for tradition – and a willingness to bend the rules when necessary – is also evident in recipes like kabocha shiruko, which takes a classic Japanese dessert and gives it a colorful, modern twist. A few old school dishes such as furofuki daikon and chikuzenni also make the cut, but the presentation is fresh and approachable, thanks to Azusa’s helpful photographs and instructions.
To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is:
1) Become a follower of Shichimi (click “Subscribe” on the upper right of the home page)
2) Leave a comment that briefly describes your favorite cookbook (Japanese or otherwise) by Monday, December 31, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be chosen at random and announced in early 2013. (The winner will be contacted by e-mail, so please be sure your address is correct when you fill out the comment form.)
Thanks and good luck!