Award - Winning Japanese Cookbook Author Eager To Spread Allure Of Yakuzen

Award-winning Japanese cookbook author eager to spread allure of yakuzenFor Momoyo Taniguchi, a Japanese cooking instructor of Chinese herbal medicine dishes, the crowning moment of her career after overcoming her own health problems came with the announcement of her name as a winner of an international cookbook competition for health and nutrition.

Nominated for her book, "Beauty Recipes of Yakuzen -- Chinese Herbal Medicine Dishes," Taniguchi took one of the top honors at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards last month in Yantai, China.

"I was so surprised and I couldn't believe my ears at first," said Taniguchi, a mother of two in her 40s, at her home in Tokyo after returning from her trip to China. "I was emotionally overwhelmed and shed tears (of joy) during my acceptance speech," she said of the award, considered the Oscars of gastronomic literature.