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Reel Cuisine: Blockbuster Dishes from the Silver Screen

by Nami Iijima

‘Reel Cuisine’ is like the Academy Awards of Gastronomy. Professional food stylist Nami Iijima has worked on the sets of more than a dozen international films and TV programs. Her dishes have inspired hunger across the globe. The Finnish/Japanese co-production "Seagull Diner" was partially inspired by her scrumptious and worldy dishes.
     In her first English language release Iijima collects recipes from more than seventy feature films, including the following Oscar winners and nominees allowing people in  Iowa or New Zealand to finally taste the dishes and delights from Hollywood's biggest and best movies.
     In 'Reel Cuisine', international food stylist Nami lijima turns the spotlight on the delicious dishes that have played supporting roles in some of our favorite films. With simple instructions and full-color photography, lijima transports these recipes from the silver screen right into our kitchens, and lets even novice chefs re-create the hearty, wholesome meals that have made their mouths water.
     The selection of dishes runs the gamut from exotic, to familiar comfort food that warms the heart as well as the tummy.  The recipes are grouped thematically ("Food for Film," "Travel the World," "Happy Brunch" "Delicious Family Dinners," and "Cinematic Sweets") and are complemented by the author's Work Diary and Favorite Quotes and Scenes. With appeal to food lovers and film buffs alike, 'Reel Cuisine' is sure to find a wide audience and get two thumbs up from all.

About the Author
Born in 1969 Tokyo native Nami Iijima is what is known in the film industry as a professional food-sylist. Iijima has designed and coordinated dishes featured in commercials, TV and film worldwide for the past decade. Iijima developed her talent working in commercials in the early part of the new century. Her accounts included Cupie Mayonaise and Ajinomoto.
     In 2003 Iijima would move on to take her talents to another realm within the small screen, where her dishes often became the centerpieces for award winning food-themed TV dramas. Developing and presenting numerous meals per episode Iijima would come to induce hunger across Asia with her wholesome and mouth-watering dishes.
     Iijima'  delights would make their motion picture debut in 2006 in the Finnish movie Seagull Cafeteria. She would later design meals for the award-winning Lili Franky biopic Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad. With credits in a dozen movies, Iijima would eventually share her talents with the public, first by publishing a cookbook based on the Mom and Me film, then by following that up with seven more books and a regular column through Itoh News' Hobonichi web magazine.



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