L.A.Times recently reviewed this cook book: Tokyo Cult Recipes by Maori Murota. I seem to be obsessing about Tokyo and Tokyo food (enabled by the L.A.Times).
The current amazon.com page for the book includes a whole image gallery from its pages, which look as if it would be worth having the book just for the photos -- like the image above! Despite a couple of negative reviews on the amazon page, it appears really appealing because the recipes seem actually doable.
From the brief Times review by Amy Scattergood:
"The cookbook — first published in 2014 and recently out in wider release — combines 100 recipes and handy step-by-steps with a lot of lovely photography by Akiko Ida and Pierre Javelle. There are also city detours, highly pictorial stops into Tokyo’s kitchenware district, the famous Tsukiji fish market, and shops selling ceramics, crackers, crepes — and all that fake plastic food. The detours are in the kitchen as well: how to make rice, the many varieties of noodles. The recipes themselves are straightforward, often with annotated drawings or diagrams to pair with all the photographs."Will I buy it for around $22? Haven't decided yet!