Recipes for meals that do not require gas, electricity to make

Recipes for meals that do not require gas, electricity to make Yukari Elliot poses in her kitchen. SHUFUNOTOMO

TOKYO —

A Japanese culinary expert residing in Britain, Yukari Elliott, 43, will publish a recipe book with over 100 items that need neither gas nor electricity to make. The book, called “Happy recipes using no gas and no electricity” and written in Japanese, features over 100 items, including fried shrimp and baked fish, cooked in a non-traditional way.

The book is expected to become very popular at a time when Japan is encouraging citizens to refrain from overusing electricity due to an expected power shortage caused by the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Elliott, who has a long career as a professional culinary researcher and was the main food adviser during the 2009 Japan Matsuri event at the Japanese embassy in Britain, says she encourages everyone to try the suggested recipes in the book even at times of no self-restraint, because without the need for gas and electricity, they are cooked easily and can become one addition to the main meal every day.

The book goes on sales on July 8 for 1,000 yen.

All proceeds will be donated to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami through the Japan Red Cross.

  • 1

    MrDog

    Recipes for meals that do not require gas, electricity to make

    = salads.

    Can I write a book too?

    including fried shrimp and baked fish, cooked in a non-traditional way.

    How do you fry or bake something without using gas or electricity?? I might buy this book just to see what hippie idea she's come up with, and laugh at it...

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    Stranger_in_a_Strange_Land

    How do you fry or bake something without using gas or electricity??

    Wood, fire, fry pan, oil = frying something. Wood, fire, coals, dutch oven or even tin foil = baking something.

    Never been camping? Things were being fried and baked on this planet loooooooooong before the advent of electricity or pressurized gas canisters. Doesn't have all that much to do with the recipe, though. It's all in the cooking technique.

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    MrDog

    Never been camping?

    No. I haven't. Thanks! You just saved me from buying the book! ;)

    Although, to be honest:

    they are cooked easily and can become one addition to the main meal every day.

    ...I would hardly call using wood//coals etc "easy", and maybe in England, where people have gardens, you can make a fire/BBQ at home, I can't imagine people doing it in most large cities in Japan.

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    David Edwin Goble

    You can cook fish with lemon juice!

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    Stranger_in_a_Strange_Land

    I would hardly call using wood//coals etc "easy"

    Not so hard, really. But, you are right, you can't really do it indoors. I suppose people could go out on their verandas and set up their bbq grill, but they better be careful.

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    Foxie

    Setting up a BBQ grill on the veranda is forbidden in Japan. I would also love to know how she fries something without using fire.

  • 1

    taj

    Hmmm. Sunlight. Mirrors. Tinfoil. Cooking oil. Solar cookery?

  • -1

    Andrew Decena

    Plutonium or kryptonite?

  • 0

    steve@CPFC

    No thanks, think i would rather have a sandwich or some fruit.

  • -1

    mackemack

    How about a recipe that doesn't give me gas...

  • 0

    Ayler

    How good of her, nothing opportunistic about this at all. Maybe she watched The Road recently or went on a camping trip.

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    Ayler

    They'll be sitting round big ole campfires in the shelters, singing and cooking up some fried fish, smoking the place out, everybody laughing, saying how it reminds them of the BBQs they used to have...

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    gaijintraveller

    Do you have to catch the fish? I am willing to bet she keeps in an electric-powered refrigerator before cooking it.

    A friend living in an apartment ("mansion") used to barbecue on his balcony. He set off smoke detectors more than once.

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    Serrano

    Tuna salad: Mix some canned tuna with some chopped onion, sweet relish and mayonnaise.

    Celery & peanut butter: Get a stalk of celery ( the leaves are the best part ), smear some peanut butter on it and enjoy ( Skippy's peanut butter is the best, but another brand may do, just make sure it's not Japanese "pinatsu-bataa" )

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    bakabakabaka

    Not much use without a link to the book itself, or even a title!

    For those that are interested, it took a while but I finally found it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.jp/電気もガスも使わない-しあわせレシピ-いっちゃん/dp/4072788767/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1307784508&sr=8-1

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