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Naomi and Bill on “The Dr. Oz Show”
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Rave Reviews for “Secrets of the World’s Healthiest Children: why Japanese children have the longest, healthiest lives – and how yours can too”
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Rave Reviews for “The Japan Diet”
The Only Diet to be awarded 5 Stars by the Guardian’s 2007 “Great Diet Test”!
A really interesting read that could change your attitude to food forever.
Written in an accessible, easy-to-read style, this book offers plenty of good advice on healthy eating that anyone could take on board without ever tasting sushi.
One of the best diet books for 2007.
Looks like the hippest way to lose weight at the moment is to enjoy a feast from the East! The latest diet trend comes not from America, but from Japan — and unlike many other fad diets, this one is actually worth giving a go. The Japan Diet explains how eating a traditional Japanese-style diet can help you lose weight and improve your overall health, particularly reducing your risk of conditions like heart disease.
This book is a great choice for anyone who fancies trying something a little different to help them lose weight, without resorting to an unhealthy, short-term fad.
Juliette Kellow BSc RD
Dietician, Weight Loss Resources UK
Reviews for “Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat”
For weight loss, I recommend Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat: Secrets of My Mother’s Tokyo Kitchen, by Naomi Moriyama with William Doyle. One-upping a certain French woman who boasted about staying thin, Moriyama reveals seven secrets of how Japanese women avoid adding pounds and prolong their life. Hint: Think fish, soy, rice, vegetables and fruit.
Margo Hammond, “Keeping New Year’s Resolutions”
A fun, chatty read.This diet fits right in with Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating, which recommends that fat be relegated to 30 per cent or less in any diet. Expert verdict by Johanna Kaipainen, registered dietitian: “I would definitely recommend this book. It’s sound, logical advice, which can help anyone lead a healthier lifestyle. Hopefully it will open people’s minds to trying new foods and increasing the variety of foods they do eat.”
Our verdict: We love that Moriyama makes cooking and eating joyful. Here’s to miso soup, rice balls and the perfect bowl of soba noodles in small, delicate portions.
Megan Ogilvie, “Diet Decoder”
The Toronto Star
Incredibly informative and easy to read, full of handy hints…the perfect tool to help you incorporate aspects of the Tokyo kitchen into your diet and lifestyle, for a slimmer, more energetic and youthful you.
Health and Fitness Magazine(UK)
This isn’t a diet book. Rather, the author takes the reader on a sensual experience as she recalls anecdotes from her childhood. Japan becomes a fantasy land where food is art and nourishment — a place where mothers pack their kids’ lunches in dainty handmade cloth napkins and where gourmet food is for everyone, not just the well-to-do.
Shamona Harnett, “Healthy Living”
Winnipeg Free Press
Believe the diet book French Women Don’t Get Fat and you’ll be eating doll-sized portions of sticky French fancies. But the best-seller has just been spectacularly trumped by the new book Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat – touché, lose your crow’s feet and your saddlebags! My money is on the Japanese.
Fiona McInosh – Grazia Magazine(UK)
The book has plenty of tempting recipes to try and is written in a homely, anecdotal manner that makes it almost more like a novel than an instruction guide.
Kate Jackson, “I’m Turning Japanese”
Daily Star (UK)
The secret is eating plentifully but healthily. Moriyama dishes up tasty recipes, along with portions of memoir that capture her childhood in Tokyo .
Book of the Week – You Magazine (UK)
Those who aren’t quite convinced that tofu is an acceptable substitute for toast first thing in the morning may be won over by Moriyama’s recipes. They’re definitely not what you’ll find in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, but they’re a tasty mix of easy and adventurous. Just about all the recipes come by way of Moriyama’s mother, Chizuko, whom Moriyama describes as a master of “Japan’s greatest food secret of all: home cooking.” Chizuko’s motto is “I use ingredients from the mountains, the oceans, and the earth.” If that isn’t the Zen of cooking, what is? So pass the bonito flakes. I’ll skip the Camembert, thanks.
AARP Magazine Online
Rice, fish and fresh vegetables are the basis for this ‘diet’, so it must be good for you and worth a try. With easy and delicious recipes for such delights as breakfast miso soup, rice balls and Japanese omelettes, this book is a winner. Caron James
Sunday Herald Sun (Australia)
Victoria (Beckham) is keen to get her hands on a hot new book set to revolutionize diets, entitled Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat. The book, due for a January release in the UK, is based around the theory that home-cooked food, such as grilled fish, tofu and fresh vegetables, together with smaller portions, is the secret to youthful looks. Excellent! A diet that’s anti-ageing, slimming and fills you up — where do we sign up?
Moriyama’s book is a compelling wake-up call. Moriyama knows Westerners think cooking Japanese food is a daunting prospect, but her writing and her recipes constantly reassure us that this is not the case. She gives an easy guide to setting up your own little Tokyo kitchen, with more than 30 recipes handed down from her mother, about whom she writes with great affection. Likewise, she writes about Tokyo in a way that makes you want to get there and into the first noodle house you see. Her descriptions of food and mood would lure the most reluctant gourmet adventurer. Moriyama puts a human face on facts, alternating between personal stories, interesting snippets of Japanese history and the latest research on food and health from a plethora of experts.
Lucy Clark, “Turning Japanese for Age-old Cooking Tips”
Sunday Telegraph ( Australia )
Americans can learn a great deal about healthful eating from other cultures. This book introduces readers to the joy of Japanese home-style cooking. Many experts on longevity and obesity consider the Japanese diet to be one of the healthiest in the world, but how does a Westerner begin to explore these foreign ingredients and cooking techniques? Thanks to Moriyama and Doyle, readers can learn from an insider raised in Japan who has lived in America for quite a while…Even the most hesitant readers will find their passion for the wonderful taste and aroma of Japanese dishes irresistible and will be tempted to try some.
Cindy Moore, “Secrets of Healthful Japanese Cooking Made Simpler”
Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
Naomi Moriyama and William Doyle have laid out a convincing and tasty argument for cooking the Japanese way in their book . . . . easy to accomplish in your own kitchen . . . . Moriyama, a marketing consultant who now lives in New York, includes 30 recipes to help us get started. I, for one, am going to give some of them a try.
Peggy Townsend, “Eat Like the Japanese and Stay Slim”
Santa Cruz Sentinel
If you need inspiration to change your diet, spending a couple of hours with Naomi Moriyama should do the trick. She has a slight (but not too skinny) frame, perfect skin, lots of energy and gleaming hair. She looks 20 years younger than her real age of 45 . . . In short, Japanese people, especially women, are the healthiest in the world.
Melissa Whitworth, “The Secret of Eternal Youth”
The Telegraph (UK)
Moriyama calls Japan a “food Utopia” — and that is an understatement . . . . When I asked a Japanese friend who recently lost about 15 pounds how she did it, she held her hands close together to indicate small portion sizes. To start the day, she said, “I went back to eating a Japanese breakfast of miso soup, rice, and fish or egg” Moriyama calls it a “Japanese power breakfast”. Maybe we should start there.
Debra Samuels, “Is a Japanese Diet the Key to Slimming Down?”
The Boston Globe
At first glance, Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat seems like a shameless attempt to one-up Mireille Guiliano and her provocative book, French Women Don’t Get Fat. But it turns out Naomi Moriyama has staked out her own territory and written a smart, lively and useful book . . . . well-researched and full of delicious-sounding recipes and tips for learning to cook home-style Japanese foods.
“Mom’s Cooking Always Helped her Feel Better”
So what should we admire about Japanese women? Well, they have a 3 percent obesity rate, the lowest in the industrialized world, and they have a life expectancy of 85 years. The Japanese diet is lower in fat, sugar and calories, portion sizes are smaller, and it has more healthful foods (like fish) and fewer processed and refined foods. The lifestyle change worked for Doyle, Moriyama’s American husband, who dropped from 220 pounds to a healthy 185 after he adopted a Japanese diet.
Alyson Ward, “Loss in Translation: New Book Shares Japanese Women’s Secrets to Staying Young and Svelte”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The key to Naomi’s diet success is the Japanese Country Power Breakfast, a miso soup chock-full of tofu, vegetables and a whole egg. And there’s truth in her boast: Japanese women have the world’s lowest obesity rate (2.9 per cent to France ‘s 11 per cent) and highest life expectancy (85 years).
As it stands, the Japanese hold the health claim belt. Lightly perching atop the fat meter, they have the lowest rate of obese females in the industrialized world, 2.9 percent, according to the World Health Organization. Not only that, but their life expectancy – 85 years – is the highest for the 19th year straight.
Author Moriyama, who now lives in New York , dubs it the Japanese Paradox – how “the world’s most food-obsessed nation” can also be the healthiest. She attributes the stellar stats to old-fashioned Japanese home lifestyle and cooking – the kind her mother dishes out in Tokyo featuring the “Seven Pillars,” fish, vegetables, rice, soy, noodles, tea and fruit.
Cynthia Kilian, “Slim Kickin’s: New World War: Who’s Thinnest?”
New York Post
Moriyama walks readers through creating a “Tokyo kitchen” in their own home — rice cooker and wok are optional — and intersperses her argument for Japanese culinary supremacy with recipes such as “Spinach with Bonito Flakes” and “Salmon-edamame Burger.” The result: a delicious way to stay healthy.
Rachel Hartigan Shea, “From Tokyo : The Skinny on Japanese Women”
Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat sounds like a spoof of last year’s bestseller French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Giuliano, but it’s serious one-upmanship. The book by Naomi Moriyama and William Doyle is a combination of memoir, lifestyle advice and glorious recipes’ that joins the diet book fad sweeping Australia .
The Sydney Morning Herald (UK)
After the stodgy excesses of Yuletide, Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat will seem like spring come early. This book combines personal memoir, social and political observations, a section for the Samurai in your life, and, naturally, plenty of recipes. Guaranteed to generate plenty of quality coverage.
The Bookseller (UK)