Health-conscious Madonna fans, here's a treat for you! Mayumi Nishimura was Madonna's personal chef from 2001-2008. She studied macrobiotics under Michio Kushi, the leading authority in the field, at the Kushi Institute. Four books under her belt in Japanese, Mayumi's Kitchen is her first cookbook in English.
As a runner, cyclist and a try-hard (we all know how hard it can be) clean eater who dabbles in cooking, I was very pleased when publicist Jennifer Novak contacted and sent me this book. In Los Angeles, we have a great macrobiotic restaurant on La Brea Avenue called Inaka. As clean and delicious as it is, actually cooking macrobiotic meals at home always seemed intimidating. However, this book makes it easy with Mayumi's easy to follow instructions! Plus, Mayumi's own twist on macrobiotic cooking, which she coined Petit Macro, sets this book apart from other macrobiotic cookbooks and makes it a little more special.
While traveling with Madonna on four world tours, Mayumi would scour hotel kitchens for ingredients keeping with her classic macrobiotic training, but - borne out of necessity - she also became more versatile drawing inspiration from Italian, French, Californian and Mexican cuisines as much as from the more traditional Japanese and Chinese.
In this book, with over 130 recipes, Mayumi breaks down the basic ingredients and cooking equipment, presents a vast array of delicious dishes and includes a 10-day detox to get you started.
Check it out.