Chef Rika Yukimasa is a "cooking researcher" who uses her own original techniques to introduce cooking that everyone can enjoy. She has written books on such diverse themes as Japanese cuisine, home cooking, entertaining, and cakes and sweets. In Dining With the Chef
, chef Yukimasa both introduces the Japanese food culture now drawing attention abroad and proposes her own easy-to-make Japanese recipes. She offers ideas, too, for alternatives to items and utensils that might be hard to obtain abroad so that American viewers can make their own Japanese-style food.