I don't know about you, but this hot, sticky weather makes me want to put my stove in storage and dive into the edible art form known as sushi. If you've dreamt of attempting the creation of it at home, now's your chance.
Internationally acclaimed cookbook author and Japanese cuisine expert Hiroko Shimbo descends on Glens Falls, N.Y. at 7 p.m. Friday at Red Fox Book Store, 28 Ridge St., for a talk and booksigning. Her appearance is part of the Food for Thought series started by Washington County, N.Y. resident Suvir Saran, also a cookbook author and owner of Manhattan's Devi Restaurant (www.suvir.com ).
Shimbo will be speaking on her most recent book, "The Sushi Experience" and signing copies of the books. Some of Shimbo's favorite recipes will be served by caterer Sally "Aunt Sally's Catering" Longo.
"The Sushi Experience" has been called one of the most comprehensive, engaging, and instructive books ever written on the subject. Shimbo introduces readers first to the history of sushi (it started out as a way of preserving fish) and shows how it has evolved into the phenomenon it is today. She then takes the reader into a typical sushi bar--guiding them in all aspects of the experience, from the ordering of sushi and the etiquette of eating it to the appropriate exchange with your sushi chef--all in Japanese, of course. Shimbo even provides a tear off for transporting her tips with you on your next visit to a sushi bar.
For the home cook, there are step-by-step illustrated instructions on how to make sushi rice properly and how to shape the rice around a variety of delicious fillings (primarily of cooked and preserved fish and seafood, omelets, vegetables, and seasonings). "The Sushi Experience" also has recipes for sauces and accompaniments to complement the sushi meal.
For more information, visit www.hirokoskitchen.com , or www.redfoxbookstore.com .