Anyone can go from sushi novice to sushi samurai slicing, filleting, and making rolls like a master! Never before have the techniques of this most popular Asian cuisine been as attractively presented, as easy to follow, and as temptingly photographed as this beginner s guide. With the help of an unbelievable number of close-up photos, expert Aya Imatani virtually takes would-be chefs by the hand, leading them through every delectable step of the process. She discusses all the tools, foods, and paraphernalia; lays out the methods for making vinegars and sauces; and demonstrates how to make sashimi creations so special they aren t even found in many sushi bars. The menu of sushi recipes is expansive, encompassing hosomaki, saimaki, and all-vegetarian varieties. You will even learn all the right Japanese names for each dish. And everything seems wonderfully doable. The big finish: Aya s specials, the kind of dishes you ll never find in sushi bars such as Sushi Cake (Chicken & Cashew Nut Teriyaki) and Temarizushi (made of tuna, salmon, and avocado) but that a Japanese mother or grandmother would make for her own family.