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The Connoisseur's Guide to Sushi: Everything You Need to Know About Sushi Varieties and Accompaniments, Etiquette and Dining Tips and More Paperback – 1 Oct 2005


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press,U.S. (1 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558323074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558323070
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 755,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Mar. 2012
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Ok, so I like sushi and am going to Japan for a holiday, so I bought a few books.
This was by far the best of them.
Although a bit ideosynchratic and Amerocentric in style, this didn't overly detract from a book that otherwise presented essentially the information I wanted to know in the form I wanted it.
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By Ryuto on 11 Jun. 2011
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On reading a few pages from this book, you might think you've picked up one of those 'Bluffer's Guides...': the text is easy to follow, the author uses humour to get ideas across and avoids making the subject intimidating-which it could quite easily become. But then you realise that unlike the 'Bluffers Guides...' this book is crammed full of interesting, useful information about sushi and everything associated with it from it history, what it is, appropriate etiquette when eating it what to drink with it, how the condiments that go along with it are made and how to use them....its wonderful and this book will take you a long way toward becoming a sushi connoisseur. Highly recommended even if you just have the occasional sushi box from the local supermarket and want to know more and maybe....just maybe, you want to show off a little the next time you're out with your friends in a Japanese restaurant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dries moonen on 30 Sept. 2013
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Very good but is sometimes a bit overinformed. A lot of info but you need to be fully awake to follow this book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding and comprehensive 6 Oct. 2005
By L. A. Kane - Published on Amazon.com
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Dave Lowry is an incredibly knowledgeable martial artist and prolific author who also happens to be a food critic. This is outstanding book is the logical concatenation of his numerous talents, a true A-to-Z guide to everything you need to know about sushi including what to eat, how to eat it, and what to drink with what you eat. It covers the rice, types of sushi you can obtain, toppings, fillings, condiments, utensils, accompaniments, etiquette, and more. The 300+ pages are packed with interesting and useful information to keep you from embarrassing yourself and make your dining experience more enjoyable. The "watch for," "trivia," and "ask the itamae" call-outs are really neat features.

The book is broken into three parts. Part one covers everything about the sushi itself including rice, nigiri sushi (hand-pressed), maki sushi (wrapped or rolled), chirashi sushi (scattered), oshi sushi (pressed), tane (toppings), gu (fillings), and nori (seaweed). Part two is an in-depth primer of the various types of fish used for sushi. Part three explains the practice and etiquette of eating sushi, including condiments, drinks, utensils, accoutrements and furnishings, the itamae (sushi chef), and sushi ritual.

The only bad thing about this otherwise outstanding book is that it has no pictures. I'm still giving it five stars because the content is so good, but it would have been even better with color photos of the various types of fish and pictures or drawings of the other items he refers to that many readers will not be familiar with. Regardless, as with all of Lowry's books it is comprehensive, easy to read, filled with interesting vignettes, and very useful. I was first introduced to sushi (and sashimi) at a judo tournament in 1972, yet I learned a lot I did not already know in this fine tome. If you are into sushi you've got to buy this book!

Lawrence Kane
Author of Surviving Armed Assaults, The Way of Kata, and Martial Arts Instruction
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent resource for the novice and not so novice sushi lover 6 Aug. 2009
By Ingred - Published on Amazon.com
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This really is a must if you love to explore different sushi's but become intimidated when you arrive at a new restaurant and become overwhelmed by the menu.
Terrible writing, just can't stand this author's "voice" 9 July 2012
By Corporate Cynic - Published on Amazon.com
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Ugh, really, I have to read more about this author's opinion? Good lord, please kill me. Seriously, this author should have stuck to bullet points, the book would be about 25 pages and would have been EVER so much more pleasant. Thank goodness I only grabbed this from the local library, I'd kick myself if I ever bought this garbage. Seriously: bad.
great book 9 Feb. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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this is an great book for the sushi lover. elevate youself beyond just the average sushi eater and be come a connoisseur (or snob. like as a wine snob/drinker)
Everything you need to know 17 Feb. 2014
By Life of Spice - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots of interesting and valuable information. Nice to know the traditional Japanese ways of sushi as it's gotten so Americanized over the years.
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