Review: Mochi Magic by Kaori Becker

Review: Mochi Magic by Kaori Becker

Mochi Magic by Kaori Becker is a recipe book that any mochi fan out there will want to try. It is a delightful and entertaining process that is well explained in the book. The easy to follow instructions and whimsical images will have any beginner creating mochi in no time.

Review: Mochi Magic by Kaori BeckerTitle: Mochi Magic: 50 Traditional and Modern Recipes for the Japanese Treat
Author: Kaori Becker
Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC
Publication Date: November 24, 2020

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Mochi — the traditional Japanese treat made of chewy rice dough — is a popular and versatile vehicle for all kinds of sweet and savory fillings, and easily molded into adorable shapes and characters that define Japan’s culture of cuteness. Food writer Kaori Becker’s easy-to-follow techniques for creating and cooking with mochi deliver the perfect mix of fun and tradition. Each colorful page brims with recipes for hand-pounded, steamed, and modern microwave mochi; fillings like rosewater, Nutella, black sesame, Oreo Cream Cheese, and Japanese plum wine; mochi-focused goodies like Bacon-Wrapped Mochi, Ozoni Soup, baked goods; and inspiration for shaping irresistibly charming mochi flowers, baby chicks, pandas, and more. Kawaii!!

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Review: Mochi Magic by Kaori Becker

The way the author has written and organized this book gives a relatively easy process to make mochi. There is also a very detailed introduction that describes the author’s experiences and how she came to be a mochi expert. It is quite interesting to read about her workshops for teaching how to make mochi. As she explains, the process is a way to not only create delicious treats, but to also connect with one another.

❀ Includes Wonderful Descriptions of Japanese Culture

This is more than just a book of recipes, as there are many wonderful descriptions of Japanese culture. It also includes some stunning imagery and a handy set of Q & A questions for each recipe. It is incredible to discover the different techniques to create mochi. The contents of the book are as follows:

  • Mochi Making Basics
  • Daifuku (Filled) Mochi: The Dough
  • Daifuku (Filled) Mochi: The Fillings
  • Decorating Mochi
  • A New Year’s Tradition: Pounding Mochi
  • Baked Mochi
  • Odango: Balls of Fun

❀ Easy to follow recipes

The recipes in this book are really easy to follow and will definitely produce amazing results. I tried my hand at the coconut mochi and had such a fun experience! The mochiko (sweet rice flour) was easy to source on Amazon and the other ingredients were ones already in my cupboard. Using the microwave method made the entire process super quick. While it was really easy to create the mochi, it is a process that requires a bit of refinement to get it just right. The ones that I created were absolutely tasty, but they didn’t appear as pretty as I had hoped. With a little more practice, I am certain that I will make some stunning mochi from this book.

❀ Something a little bit different

Mochi Magic by Kaori Becker is a recipe book that is something a little bit different from your ordinary dessert cookbook. The treats are easy to create and the instructions are simple to follow. This is a fun addition to your kitchen bookshelf that will provide lots of enjoyment, especially during times of social distancing.

About Kaori Becker

Kaori Becker

Kaori Becker is the author of Mochi Magic and a cook specializing in Japanese cuisine. Growing up "hapa" (half-Japanese) in the Bay Area, she was drawn to her mother's Japanese home cooking, especially sweets and baked goods. Together with her mother, Becker runs Kaori's Kitchen, a Bay Area cooking school featuring popular mochi classes. Kaori's popular and unique 5-course Mochi-making classes inspired the creation of Mochi Magic. Kaori also co-owns The Mochi Shop in Columbus, Ohio.

20 thoughts on “Review: Mochi Magic by Kaori Becker

  1. Dorothy Boucher says:

    This books looks entertaining and fun! I have always wanted to learn a bit about making mochi at home for the family.
    @tisonlyme143

  2. Rosie says:

    oooh this is one I want! I tried making mochi once, as I wanted to make the mochi covered ice cream. I used the microwave, and probably didn’t have the kind of rice flour that would be best, I want to know!!!!!

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