Natsuko Yamawaki is a very talented chef and a very warm person who makes the atmosphere of the class very comfortable and enjoyable. I felt really inspired by her methods of cooking and interesting combination of ingredients. For example, her use of apple juice as a sweetener for hijiki salad instead of the traditional sugar and soy sauce changed a dish that is usually very thick and deep tasting to a light and refreshing salad. I must say the macrobiotic shumai were my favorite and I already tried making them at home and they came out great! The use of shiokoji really added flare to the dish. I have also made my own at home and started replacing salt with shiokoji. It really gives food a much deeper and more sophisticated taste.
After learning and taking part in preparing several dishes we sat down as a class and enjoyed the meal together. The warm atmosphere combined with the interesting and welcoming people in the class really made it a pleasant experience. I definitely hope to be back again!
Natsuko Yamawaki holds Macrobiotic classes in Astoria Queens several times a month with different themes.
You can check out her website here –>http://www.natsukoyamawaki.com/