Thursday, September 9, 2010
Oishii: Washoku & the Five Principles
FIVE COLORS (Go Shiki)
Every meal should include foods that are red, yellow, green, black and white. This makes sense nutritionally, as we know that the more colorful fruits and vegetables tend to be the most nutritious. Aesthetically, this also makes for a beautiful (and delicious-looking) presentation. Ever since I read about this concept in Andoh's book, I've been more mindful about the balance of colors in the meals I make. She points out that this is something that works in all cuisine, not just Japanese cooking.
Let me know your thoughts and how this element is reflected in your own culinary endeavors!