The Book of Miso
by William Shurtleff and Akiko Aoyagi

With 278 pages and many wonderful illustrations, this is the miso Bible, the single most comprehensive publication about miso and its many health benefits ever written, including over 400 recipes. Regarded as a classic in the literature of food, The Book of Miso is a must for miso lovers. (Best edition: newly revised, large format edition; published by Ten Speed Press, 2001.  Currently out of print.  Go to for used copies or click on the title above to read a copy online at Google Books.)

The Miso Book
by Jan & John Belleme

The Miso Book is a comprehensive guide written by old friends John and Jan Belleme, who founded American Miso Company in North Carolina. Part One begins with a chapter on miso basics—the different types, uses, and various manufacturing methods. A powerful chapter called "Miso Medicine" details this superfood's healing properties and its role in maintaining good health, along with eye-opening evidence supporting these claims. As an added bonus, Part One offers easy directions for making miso at home. Rounding out this section are a number of fascinating insets, including the authors' personal adventures in Japan, where they lived and worked with a traditional miso master. What follows in Part Two is an extensive recipe section that presents over 140 delectable, healthful recipes in which miso is used in dips and spreads, soups and stews, vegetable dishes, and so much more. (Square One Pub., 2004)

The Little Book of Miso Recipes
by South River Miso Company

25 page booklet of recipes including "The Art of Making Miso Soup." Recipes for soups and stews, salad dressings, spreads, amazing Miso Porridge, marinades, pasta, grain, vegetable, and bean dishes...even desserts! Over 22,000 copies in circulation. Now in its fourth printing.

Miso more than Food: Life
By Suzanne Dionne (July, 2002)

Contents include: ten healing benefits of miso, its nutritional qualities, and the importance of its enzymes and probiotic organisms. More than 40 simple and delicious recipes included. Spiral bound, 82 pages. Order this book from South River Miso.

How to Cook with Miso
By Aveline Kushi (Japan Pub., 1984)

Currently out of print. Copies show up online; go to for used copies.

The Complete Guide to Macrobiotic Cooking
by Aveline Kushi

One of the best books on the subject with a good section on miso. (New York: Warner Books: 1989).

Nourishing Traditions
by Sally Fallon with Mary Enig

Sally Fallon’s book is grounded on the foundations of Weston Price’s work. There is extensive coverage of fermented foods, including recipes with miso to which we contributed. (New Trends Publishing, 2001)

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration
By Dr. Weston Price

During the 1920’s and 30’s, Weston Price, a truth-seeking dentist from Cleveland, investigated the relationship of food quality to dentition and general health in many cultures throughout the world. Documented with remarkable photographs, this book is a seminal resource in the study of preventive health. Weston Price did not make it to Japan, so there is no reference here to miso. (Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, Tel. 619 574 -7763).

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