Date: (Beginners: Wednesdays, 12th August - 9th September 2009, 6.30-8.30pm), (Advanced: Tuesdays, 4th 11th 18th August 2009, 6.30-8.30pm)
Venue: The Grocery, 54 -56 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DP
Five-week Japanese home-style cooking classes, where participants can learn inan informal setting how to make quick and simple everyday meals using thebest of Japanese ingredients. Booking essential.
Atsuko is from Kyushu, the southernmost of the four main Japanese islands. Kyushu is an island rich in agriculture, with an abundance of fresh local produce, and a reputation for good food. Ceramics are another famous export, with fine porcelains from Arita, Imari, Satsuma, and Karatsu being recognised worldwide. Atsuko's dishes are inspired by her mother and grandmother, whose love of cooking with traditional techniques has been a great influence. Although there are many instant stocks and flavourings available to simplify Japanese cooking, Atsuko prefers to make these herself, recreating the delicate and subtle flavours that can only be obtained through traditional methods. Now based in London, Atsuko has been sharing her knowledge of Japanese cooking with a series of courses which introduce some of the family favourites, as well as the use of the five main ingredients - salt, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and miso. These form the basis of almost all Japanese dishes, and learning the correct methods is the key to understanding Japanese cuisine. The classes are informal and hands-on, resembling more a dinner party with friends than a classroom lesson. There's no fancy sushi on the menu, just everyday home style favourites you might find on the table in any Japanese household.
The course is comprised of 5 classes held over a 5 week period. Individual and group lessons are also available. For information on Atsuko’s courses, visit: