Cool Tools

Author(s): Kate Klippensteen


Japanese cuisine is flourishing among the food-conscious all over the world, as are the cookbooks featuring recipes from a wide variety of styles. Now, "Cool Tools" goes deep inside the kitchen, into the cupboards and the drawers, to the stove tops and wall hangers where a variety of unique utensils are stored. Here are the items seen used by the hands of the famous in their kitchens: and the not-so-famous in their homes. As with so many Japanese creations, these utensils are both functional and artistic, and the pieces that are the focus of this book are treated as both works of art and items of practical interest. The photography, by one of Japan's best, celebrates quality in materials and design. The text, by a long-time columnist on Tokyo dining and entertaining, celebrates the history, the usage and the people behind these tools, in brief and informative entries. It presents Japanese craft art to enliven the kitchen.


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"I cannot think where you would find a more beautiful collection of products than the Japanese cooking utensils illustrated and described in this book. If there was ever an example of the form and beauty following function this is it. They make you want to slice, grind, sieve, strain, cook and eat." -Terence Conran
"The esthetics of Japanese food, so evident on the plate, start with often hand-crafted kitchen implements."-The New York Times
.,."A neat package of useful information, elegantly presented." -The Associated Press
"Enthusiastically recommended as a beautiful compilation of photographs and informative briefings for the many decorative particulars of the Japanese kitchen." -The Midwest Book Review
"A beautiful guide to Japanese cooking utensils ... Klippensteen provides an enjoyable and informative journey through the Japanese kitchen." -Publishers Weekly
"This book is a winner and will surely engage many readers." -Library Journal
.,."Well-designed kitchen tools beautifully photographed by Yasuo Konishi. In addition to detailing their use, the text by Kate Klippernsteen...has much to teach about Japanese food. -American Craft
"Cool Tools takes a fascinating look inside the Japanese kitchen." -BookLoon Reviews (Online)

General Fields

  • : 9784770030160
  • : kodan
  • : kodan
  • : April 2006
  • : 260mm X 190mm X 15mm
  • : Japan
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 112
  • : Hardback
  • : Kate Klippensteen