(1) Japanese cuisine continues
to grow in popularity in the United States.
are already fond of Chinese food.
(3) Now they are discovering
that Japanese cuisine takes a similar set of basic ingredients and
transforms them into something quite special.
(4) That Japanese
food is generally low in fat and calories, and offers many options
for vegetarians and vegans, adds to its popularity.
(5) Americans’ enjoyment of
Japanese cooking is still largely limited to an occasional night
out at a Japanese restaurant.
(6) Actually, Japanese
cooking is surprisingly simple.
(7) Anyone with a standard
set of cooking utensils and knowledge of basic cooking terms can
easily follow the recipes in any Japanese cookbook
(8) Since Japanese restaurants
tend to be fairly expensive, one would think that fans of the cuisine
would be excited about the possibility of making it at home.
many traditional Japanese recipes call for costly ingredients that
often can only be found at Asian grocery stores.
these ingredients become more widely available at lower prices,
we are sure to see a proportional increase in the number of people
cooking Japanese food at home.
We refer to the paragraphs on page 14 as the passage.
Every sentence in the passage is numbered.
As with Sentence Error ID and Sentence Improvement, an
item consists of a stem and five answer choices.
The Paragraph Improvement stems sometimes include an excerpt taken
directly from the passage, as in the first item. Part of this excerpt
is often underlined in order to direct your attention to the particular
portion of the excerpt. Four of the answer choices are distractors;
one is correct.
The entire unit of passage-plus-items is called a set.
We also use set to refer to all the Sentence Error
ID items or all the Sentence Improvement items in a given Writing
section. (We return to this particular set later in the book, so
stay tuned for answers and explanations.)