What’s oishii? “Oishii” (pronounced “oy she” and the name of my blog) is the Japanese word for delicious. I love sharing great recipes I develop and adapt in my Oak Park, Illinois test kitchen; and you can be sure you will find only my favorites on this blog.  My inspiration comes from cooking magazines (Bon Appétit, Fine Cooking, Food & Wine), cookbooks, blogs, online food communities such as Chowhound.com,  popular restaurants, tv shows, friends, and family.

I have a special affinity for the word “oishii.”  I used to work in Tokyo and outside my office in the Hamamatsu district, there was an old man who peddled chestnuts (“kuri”) from a cart. It was a sight to behold in the middle of a modern, bustling business district. His amplified voice rattled our office walls: “Oishii kuri, oishii kuri. Oishii desuyo!” (“Delicious chestnuts, delicious chestnuts. So delicious!”) I thought it was so funny and it was an ongoing humor for the office.

Try some of my recipes; I hope you will utter the word “oishii!” and have some fun too. I encourage your interaction. You can also join Join “Oishii!” on Facebook or e-mail me at michaelwbeyer@hotmail.com

Best regards,

Michael Beyer