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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (434 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Naomi Moriyama, William Doyle Narrator: Naomi Moriyama Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9780739325131
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What if there were a land where people lived longer than anywhere else on earth, the obesity rate was the lowest in the developed world, and women in their forties still looked like they were in their twenties? Wouldn't you want to know their extraordinary secret? 

Japanese-born Naomi Moriyama reveals the secret to her own high-energy, successful lifestyle–and the key to the enduring health and beauty of Japanese women–in this exciting new book. The Japanese have the pleasure of eating one of the most delicious, nutritious, and naturally satisfying cuisines in the world without denial, without guilt…and, yes, without getting fat or looking old. 

As a young girl living in Tokyo, Naomi Moriyama grew up in the food utopia of the world, where fresh, simple, wholesome fare is prized as one of the greatest joys of life. She also spent much time basking in that other great center of Japanese food culture: her mother Chizuko's Tokyo kitchen. Now she brings the traditional secrets of her mother's kitchen to you in a book that embodies the perfect marriage of nature and culinary wisdom–Japanese home-style cooking.

If you think you've eaten Japanese food, you haven't tasted anything yet. Japanese home-style cooking isn't just about sushi and raw fish but good, old-fashioned everyday-Japanese-mom's cooking that's stood the test of time–and waistlines–for decades. Reflected in this unique way of cooking are the age-old traditional values of family and the abiding Japanese love of simplicity, nature, and good health. It's the kind of food that millions of Japanese women like Naomi eat every day to stay healthy, slim, and youthful while pursuing an energetic, successful, on-the-go lifestyle. Even better, it's fast, it's easy, and you can start with something as simple as introducing brown rice to your diet. You'll begin feeling the benefits that keep Japanese women among the youngest-looking in the world after your very next meal!

If you're tired of counting calories, counting carbs, and counting on being disappointed with diets that don't work and don't satisfy, it's time to discover one of the best-kept and most delicious secrets for a healthier, slimmer, and long-living lifestyle. It's time to discover the Japanese fountain of youth…

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 2/19/2014

    " Quick little read detailing the food wisdom the author learned growing up in Tokyo. Nothing groundbreaking here. Japanese women have a different relationship with food than Americans. They eat more rice, soy and fish and are focused on small portions of fresh, well-prepared foods. Some of the recipes looked very good, but I am not in a place to buy lots of supplies for Japanese cooking nor dishware for Japanese-style serving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 2/17/2014

    " A good book, although it was really preaching to the choir--it is aimed at those who have little to no experience with Japanese cooking or cuisine. That being said, I actually tried out one of the many recipes in the book and rather enjoyed it, and it has my whole family on a Japanese food kick so I guess you could say we were inspired by this book :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 2/16/2014

    " I love it! This book put me back in the kitchen after being sick and not wanting to cook for a while. The recipes in here are great and the tips Moriyama suggests aren't too difficult to follow. Been cooking out of this book since I got it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 2/13/2014

    " I tried 5 of the recipes from this book so far and loved it! I can't say the same for the writing although a few of her stories were interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi Gibbs | 2/11/2014

    " Fantastic, eye-opening book about japanese food including some history of Japanese culture. Some great recipes and loved the descriptive food memories from Naomis childhood in particular. Only slight dissapointment - as a vegetarian - was that most of the recipes contained fish, but can't complain about that really! This book makes me love Japanese food even more, and certainly makes wanting to go to Japan somehow even higher on my list of things to do than it already was before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia | 1/20/2014

    " It was good with good recipes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather the Hillbilly Banjo Queen | 12/27/2013

    " I felt like the author spent a lot of time bragging about how thin she is...I felt it was even more condescending than French Women Don't Get Fat. I was totally disappointed in it. And half of the things she suggests trying to eat are hard to find. Take a pass on this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda B | 12/14/2013

    " My favourite tidbit from this book is the tradition in Japan that if you try some new food and it brings you pleasure, you will get 75 more days of life :-). Overall, this book just makes you hungry - delicious foods described (and recipes included). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spam philebar | 12/6/2013

    " one word. portion. if you wanna learn portion control and acquire the best soup recipe in the world, read this:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BeccaJane | 11/26/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book! Full of motivation to improve eating habits. Some of it was a tad cheesy, but overall, wonderful information and recipes! I will definitely be eating more salmon, miso, rice and sea vegetables than I usually do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope | 6/26/2013

    " Sort of a spin of on the French Women don't get fat fad. An interesting look into the food culture of Japan, but a lot of the advice about cooking the Japanese way will be pretty difficult for anyone not raised in the culture or really dedicated to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia Freeland | 6/9/2013

    " Quick read with great basic receipes and suggestions of where to find ingredients. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 3/12/2013

    " This was an informative book on Japanese cooking and style of eating. I may try a few recipes, she makes them seem do-able and gives nice lists of must-have ingredients, equipment and substitutions. A fun book if you are at all interested in modern Japanese culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ehdnariloyd | 2/2/2013

    " Made me joined the bandwagon..the principles are basic and it is refreshing to be reminded of the simple rules of diet "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/9/2012

    " Part cookbook and part memoir, this book introduced me to a lot of foods I had never heard of before. Interesting statistics on the life span of obesity rates of Japanese women. I don't cook, so I probably won't be trying the recipes! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 11/17/2012

    " This book really inspired and motivated me. I wish she would write more. I visited my local grocery and bought ingredients and enjoyed miso soup made from scratch all winter after I read this "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Noura | 10/29/2012

    " its a good recipe book nothing more "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Effie | 8/19/2012

    " This is what happens when you're posted to a place with a small library. You read stuff you wouldn't otherwise pick up. I've never had Japanese food but it sounds pretty good. The premise of the book is interesting, but I don't think I'll ever have a chance to try it out on a regular basis. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yoonmee | 4/25/2012

    " While the recipes sound delicious, I had trouble getting past Moriyama's poor writing and, most of all, her condescending attitude and Japanese nationalism. Another reviewer summed it up well when she said (reviewer "Peg") Moriyama is "full of herself but not charming." Couldn't have said it better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Della Scott | 4/11/2012

    " No need to recommend--I've read it. It was actually a RABCK(random act of bookcrossing kindness) from somebody in bookcrossing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yenny Sulistyo | 11/26/2011

    " Love it, Love it, Love it!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 3/22/2011

    " Now to get the hubs to read this and start making more Japanese dishes (that my stomach will be happier with) than Chinese dishes.

    Quite enjoyable to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Effie | 12/20/2010

    " This is what happens when you're posted to a place with a small library. You read stuff you wouldn't otherwise pick up. I've never had Japanese food but it sounds pretty good. The premise of the book is interesting, but I don't think I'll ever have a chance to try it out on a regular basis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 10/12/2010

    " Good peek into eating and lifestyle of japanese women. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Noura | 6/19/2010

    " its a good recipe book nothing more "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 2/17/2010

    " I love it! This book put me back in the kitchen after being sick and not wanting to cook for a while. The recipes in here are great and the tips Moriyama suggests aren't too difficult to follow. Been cooking out of this book since I got it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 10/23/2009

    " Fabulous way-to-change-your-lifestyle book. It is FULL of yummy, healthy Japanese recipes. It is not a diet book nor a cookbook. Moriyama lists the reasons for Japanese longevity and then gives the reasons/history behind those reasons. Veggies, fish, rice, and miso soup..who can go wrong!?! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 4/10/2009

    " I've added quite a few of these recipes to my repetoire. Enjoyed the author's point of view. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emiko | 3/31/2009

    " Since the library is free I had to check this out. Dumb,blarney, and poor writing to boot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spam | 3/23/2009

    " one word. portion. if you wanna learn portion control and acquire the best soup recipe in the world, read this:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 12/26/2008

    " This was an informative book on Japanese cooking and style of eating. I may try a few recipes, she makes them seem do-able and gives nice lists of must-have ingredients, equipment and substitutions. A fun book if you are at all interested in modern Japanese culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 12/22/2008

    " I really liked this book for the recipes and stories about Japanese cooking. I had borrowed this book from the library and just ordered my own copy today, I am very excited to try my hand at cooking some of the soups and other dishes in the book. "

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About the Author

Naomi Moriyama was born in Tokyo. As a US-Japan marketing consultant, she works with some of the world’s leading fashion, luxury, and consumer brands. She lives in New York City with her husband and coauthor, William Doyle, who has written or co-written five books.