Cibi: Simple Japanese-inspired meals to share with family and friends by Meg Tanaka and Zenta Tanaka
CIBI ('a little one') is a book on home-style Japanese cooking inspired by the eponymous Melbourne café and design space created by Meg and Zenta Tanaka. It contains more than 80 seasonally relevant recipes across vegetables, fish and seafood, meat, grains and noodles, and sweets, plus small features on elements of Japanese cooking and food culture, accompanied by beautiful photography and illustrations.
The recipes, many designed for sharing, strongly reflect Meg and Zenta's ethos – a fresh approach to simplicity using quality produce. CIBI incorporates elements of Japanese design culture and glimpses of their young family's worlds in Collingwood, Tokyo, and Meg’s birthplace, Okayama, alongside snapshots (in words and pictures) of the CIBI-feel: an enjoyment of food, community and sharing.
Meg Tanaka founded the CIBI restaurant and design stores with her partner Zenta Tanaka in 2008 to blend their backgrounds and experience in food, wine, design and architecture. They currently have outlets in Melbourne and Tokyo.