Donabe by Naoko Takei Moore


A beautiful and lavishly photographed cookbook focused on authentic Japanese clay-pot cooking, showcasing beloved recipes and updates on classics, with background on the origins and history of donabe. Japanese clay pot (donabe) cooking has been refined over centuries into a versatile and simple method for preparing both dramatic and comforting one-pot meals. In Donabe, Tokyo native and cooking school instructor Naoko Takei Moore and chef Kyle Co...

Details Donabe

Release DateOct 27th, 2015
PublisherTen Speed Press
GenreFood and Drink, Cookbooks, Cooking, Food, Nonfiction, Reference, Cultural, Japan

Reviews Donabe

  • Lili
    From Netgalley for ReviewTraditional Japanese cooking is one of my great loves, there is something very welcoming and comforting about eating out of a communal clay pot...perhaps this is where my great love of clay teapots originated. I can't help myself, anytime a food utensil is listed as needing seasoning, my attention is grabbed and I usually want a whole collection of them. The recipes in this book are clear, divided by different types of do...
  • Nora St Laurent
    “Donabe is a Japanese traditional earthen cookware. It’s designed to be used over a gas or open flame. Over its long history donabe has become an important part of Japanese cuisine and it’s these vessels.”There is a section on how to season and care for Donabe. Cooking safety. How to use the book. In the recipes the traditional Japanese rice measurement are used with conversion charts…other non-rice measurements, this book uses US measu...
  • Robert Durough, Jr.
    I could live in a donabe (Japanese for “clay pot”), the vessel from which I’ve had some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. When I discovered Donabe: Classic and Modern Japanese Clay Pot Cooking was soon to be released, it took me back to my favorite noodle joint: Menkui Tei (NYC). Sure, virtually anything cooked in a donabe can be just as easily done so in another vessel, but there’s something special about these clay pots that brings fl...
  • Jillyn
    So real talk, this the best cookbook that I've read in a long time. I got this book because I love Japanese food, but I've never cooked it myself. This book made me want to, immediately. The recipes are divided by technique/type of pot. There's an intro, a section of how to use the pots, how it's made, there's a section for planning menus, one for sauces and stocks. And at the end, there's a glossary and resources. The photography is absolutely s...
  • Ria F
    I got a donabe pot for Christmas, but despite being half Japanese, I had no idea how to use it. I have to adapt some recipes due to Curt's allergies, but now I want 2 other kinds of donabe pots!Well written, easy to follow directions.
  • Cherie
    Eh. I got a clay pot as a wedding gift and was hoping this book would give me some ideas on how to use and freestyle. But most recipes are meat, meat, meat.
  • Janet
    Love this ... not that I can afford $400 for a real DOnabe :-)
  • Jung Sun
    3.5 rating
  • Carrisa
    Still need to try the recipes and will update this review as I try them, but right off, the recipes sound delicious, I'm bummed that I don't have a like 500 dollars to buy every type of donabe available (the rice cooker donabe, the steamer donabe, the soup & stew donabe, the list goes on), and I love how all (minus a few) of the recipes have pictures! That to me is very important, especially if I haven't made the dish before, I like to know what ...
  • Katie
    Completely worth reading this one all the way through-- the information on the history and the work that goes into making a donabe is straight-up fascinating. They go into the care of a donabe (which is great for people like me who haven't cooked with a lot of clay/earthenware and are also prone to ruining things), what is normal in terms of wear, what to look for in terms of possible damage and ways to avoid it. Not to mention all of the informa...
  • Teresa
    Like most non-Japanese people, I do not own a donabe. After reading the introduction which waxes lyrically about how good the food is, describing its place in a household, the process of actually making the pot (almost step by step, firing temperatures are given!), I certainly would like to have one. This is lush and beautiful with excellent photography. A cynical side of me says that this is one long advertisement for Moore's donabe import busin...
  • Misty
    I enjoyed reading this book as I had never heard of Donabe cooking before. Unfortunately I do not currently have the clay style pot needed for these recipes. However the book provided me with good insight on how to find a quality pot for these recipes. The book also taught me how to care for the pot and to keep it in good condition. The photos were breath taking and appetizing. I enjoyed learning about this style of cooking and I look forward to ...
  • Nada
    Donabe: Classic and Modern Japanese Clay Pot Cooking by Naoko Takei Moore and Kyle Connaughton is a niche cookbook dealing with one item of a specific food culture. However, clay pot cooking can be found in cultures around the world, making the techniques in the book more universal. This book is a beautiful chance to learn about the Japanese contribution to this tradition, with history, photographs, and recipes.Read my complete review at: http://...