Super Sushi Ramen Express

Super Sushi Ramen Express

One Family's Journey Through the Belly of Japan

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From the author of The Almost Nearly Perfect People comes Super Sushi Ramen Express , a fascinating and funny culinary journey through Japan

Japan is arguably the preeminent food nation on earth; it's a mecca for the world's greatest chefs and has more Michelin stars than any other country. The Japanese go to extraordinary lengths and expense to eat food that is marked both by its exquisite preparation and exotic content. Their creativity, dedication, and courage in the face of dishes such as cod sperm and octopus ice cream are only now beginning to be fully appreciated in the sushi and ramen-saturated West, as are the remarkable health benefits of the traditional Japanese diet.

Food and travel writer Michael Booth takes the culinary pulse of contemporary Japan, learning fascinating tips and recipes that few westerners have been privy to before. Accompanied by 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--sumo wrestlers, pamper the world's most expensive cows with massage and beer, share a seaside lunch with free-diving female abalone hunters, and meet the greatest chefs working in Japan today. Less happily, they witness a mass fugu slaughter, are traumatized by an encounter with giant crabs, and attempt a calamitous cooking demonstration for the lunching ladies of Kyoto.

Publisher: New York : Picador, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2009.
ISBN: 9781250099808
Characteristics: viii, 318 pages :,map ;,22 cm
Alternative Title: Sushi and beyond.


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Oct 20, 2016

originally published in great britain with the staid title 'sushi and beyond' but published in the US with a catchy title and eye catching game board cover, there is much more depth and substance than might be expected. there were a few typos, which made me wonder if the author was transcribing his handwritten notes that were somewhat illegible at times.
the book was very well researched and fun to read, with some lol moments. informative, humorous, very respectful, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would,which is always a happy surprise

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