Best Japanese Cookbooks for Beginners

We love cooking, and after travelling in Japan we also enjoy attempting to re-create recipes that we enjoyed. And even if you have not travelled in Japan, Japanese food is a great option to learn more about and have a go at cooking it at home.

Some of our favourite Japanese recipes so far are okonomiyaki, sushi, ramen noodles, Japanese curry, dumplings, onigiri and many more.

Here are the best Japanese cookbooks for beginners, we hope you enjoy Japanese food as much as we do!

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Classic Home Cooking from Japan: A Step-by-Step Beginner’s Guide to Japan’s Favorite Dishes: Sushi, Tonkatsu, Teriyaki, Tempura and More!

Opening with Japan’s top ten favorite comfort foods—from Deep Fried Crunchy Chicken to Japanese-Style Meat and Potato Hotpot—this cookbook is packed with authentic versions of the dishes that Japanese people eat every day.

In this book you’ll find all the classics you’ve enjoyed at restaurants and on visits to Japan—from sushi and tempura to ramen, steak and donburi rice bowls. You will also discover dishes that are immensely popular in Japan, but aren’t commonly found on the menu in Japanese restaurants in the West.

The 80 easy recipes in this book are aimed at beginners and have clear step-by-step photos and instructions along with a full-color photo of each dish.

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Japanese Cookbook for Everyday Cooking: Easy & Healthy Japanese Recipes to Cook at Home


If you have ever walked into a sushi bar, you have probably heard the chef greet you with this. It simply means “welcome” or “please come in” and is guaranteed to make you feel instantly at home.

Japan indeed has one of the most stunning cultures in the world. They have shown scientific prowess and gave us wonderful inventions. But that’s not all. Another thing we are thankful for is their incredible culinary contribution.

Japan is home to the best restaurants in the world. And that in itself says a lot.

Well, you don’t actually have to travel far to enjoy the best of what Japanese cuisine has to offer. You can actually bring Japanese cuisine to your home.

This book will let you delve into Japan’s rich culture and heritage through its colorful cuisine. Learn 50 easy and delicious Japanese recipes that you can cook at home to spice up your usual menu.

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Gyoza: The Ultimate Dumpling Cookbook: 50 Recipes from Tokyo’s Gyoza King – Pot Stickers, Dumplings, Spring Rolls and More!

Whether eaten in an exclusive restaurant or at a humble street stall, gyoza dumplings are the ultimate Asian comfort food.

Dumplings are surprisingly easy to make once you learn a few basic techniques. Step-by-step instructions, photos, and helpful tips show you how to wrap dumplings like the “Gyoza King,” Paradise Yamamoto, himself—even if it’s your first try.

This book contains 50 delicious dumpling recipes, including:

  • Shiitake and Pork Potstickers
  • Waygu Beef Dumplings
  • Bacon and Egg Carbonara Dumplings
  • Lamb Gyoza with Coriander
  • Many more traditional and playful recipes (including dessert dumplings)

With a wide array of shapes, fillings, and customizable options, these recipes are sure to please picky eaters and gyoza connoisseurs alike! Impress friends and family with these satisfying and easy-to-make morsels.

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Everyday Onigiri 101: Healthy, Easy Japanese Riceball Recipes

Onigiri is the soul food of the Japanese. Although it may not be as widely recognized as sushi, onigiri is synonymous with the phrase “taste of home,” and is a staple of Japanese comfort food. Onigiri is created by combining rice and toppings. It’s a simple and portable treat with endless possibilities and perfect for bento lunch, as a light snack, or even as party food.

Reiko Yamada’s 101 simple and easy riceball recipes include instructions for mixed, grilled, sushi-style, and more. This cookbook is a perfect introduction to the art of onigiri-making, filled with unique recipes to inspire your Japanese culinary creativity. Pick up a copy, and you’ll become an onigiri expert in no time!

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