Sushi and Beyond: What the Japanese Know about Cooking

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Random House, 2010 - Cooking, Japanese - 336 pages
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Japan is the pre-eminent food nation on earth. The Japanese go to the most extraordinary lengths and expense to eat the finest, most delectable, and downright freakiest food imaginable. Their creativity, dedication and ingenuity, not to mention courage in the face of dishes such as cod sperm, whale penis and octopus ice cream, is only now beginning to be fully appreciated in the sushi-saturated West, as are the remarkable health benefits of the traditional Japanese diet. Inspired by Shizuo Tsuji's classic book, Japanese Cooking, A Simple Art, food and travel writer Michael Booth sets off to take the culinary pulse of contemporary Japan, learning fascinating tips and recipes that few westerners have been privy to before. Accompanied by with two fussy eaters under the age of six, he and his wife travel the length of the country, from bear-infested, beer-loving Hokkaido to snake-infested, seaweed-loving Okinawa. Along the way, they dine with - and score a surprising victory over - sumos; meet the indigenous Ainu; drink coffee at the dog caf ; pamper the world's most expensive cows with massage and beer; discover the secret of the Okinawan people's remarkable longevity; share a seaside lunch with free-diving, female abalone hunters; and meet the greatest chefs working in Japan today. Less happily, they trash a Zen garden, witness a mass fugu slaughter, are traumatised by an encounter with giant crabs, and attempt a calamitous cooking demonstration for the lunching ladies of Kyoto. They also ask, 'Who are you?' to the most famous TV stars in Japan. What do the Japanese know about food? Perhaps more than anyone on else on earth, judging by this fascinating and funny journey through an extraordinary food-obsessed country.

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User Review  - kingarooski - LibraryThing

Michael Booth is so very lucky and has possibly the greatest job on Earth: he writes about food. In this book, he goes to Japan for 3 or 4 months with his family to eat and learn about Japanese food ... Read full review

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User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

Good overview of many different types of cuisine in Japan with a touch of humor and travel writing intrigue as well. Very informative on a few of the processes of making some Japanese food (miso, soy sauce, sake, etc.) I would recommend this book to any foodies out there. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Michael Booth is a journalist and food writer who contributes regularly to numerous British and foreign magazines, including Condé Nast Traveller and Monocle, and has written for all of the UK's broadsheet newspapers. He is the author of three works of non-fiction, Just as Well I'm Leaving, Doing Without Delia, which was a BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week', and Eat Pray Eat.

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