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Poulet's Sumo Wrestler Stew (Chankonabe)

[Photograph: France Ruffenach]

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Poulet to give away this week.

This Sumo Wrestler Stew or Chankonabe from Poulet is a traditional method of carbo-loading for Japan's massive wrestlers. It's a hearty, bursting bowl of soup filled with rice, udon noodles, chicken thighs, tofu, and a load of good-for-your veggies. But even if you're not about enter the dohyō (that's a sumo ring), it's a fantastically filling bowl of soup and perfect for winter.

Like many of the other recipes in Poulet, this one lends itself to personal interpretation; feel free to swap out any veggies you'd like and add your favorite sumo-worthy proteins. But the one element that we wouldn't change is the broth, an umami-rich chicken stock enriched with kombu, soy, mirin, and red and white miso.

Why you should make this: You don't need to be a sumo champion to enjoy this overloaded bowl of chickeny goodness.

Next time we might think about: Adding handfuls of quick cooking greens and slices of fish cake or shrimp to bulk it up even more.

Adapted from Poulet by Cree LaFavour. Copyright © 2011. Published by Chronicle Books. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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