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Sushi and Beyond: What the Japanese Know About Cooking
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2014
If you like Japan, If you like Japanease food you must read this book. It's amezing, it's awesome
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on 27 September 2009
If you're interested in Japanese culture and cuisine then you'll find this a brilliant read. I just found it all fascinating, really well written, funny in parts and learnt loads of stuff that I didn't know previously. Its particularly interesting as he took his whole family to Japan so its from their perspective too.
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on 30 June 2011
I was utterly bereft when I finished this book, it was very entertaining, informative, funny & honest. It struck a chord with me as I also have two young boys but I would recommend this book to anyone. Waiting in great anticipation for his next book 'Eat, Pray, Eat'.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2009
Michael Booth travels around Japan with his wife and young children, and produces an informative and entertaining food-travelogue. His description of the philosophy and attitudes behind many dishes give interesting insights into Japanese culture as a whole. Good to read before you go!
His self-confessed urge to try the strangest foods available means that the accent is on the exotic, and we don't get a very balanced view of what most Japanese usually eat in everyday life... but with his background as a trained chef he conveys his appreciation of many of the particular ingredients and techniques used in Japanese cuisine.
The presence of his two young sons on the trip, being such blond European curiosities in Japan, provides a lot of light entertainment in this very readable book.
Well worth a read for anyone interested in Japan.
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on 9 July 2015
I bought this after seeing NHK cartoon, and so it wasn't quite what I expected. Nevertheless I enjoyed it a lot and it is very informative and eye opening. A great introduction to and/or exploration of Japanese culture and food.
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on 26 March 2014
This was a great book which I read and actually read again. It is very detailed and enjoyable and gives a colourful picture of life and food in Japan in a humourous way.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I am an amateur sushi chef (well I've made it a few times !) and aspire to visit Japan before I die, so I bought this book to learn more about Japanese cuisine. Although I've read many a travel journal written by a foodie, I'd never read anything by Michael Booth - what a wonderful suprise ! Michael has an wonderful way of providing a humourous and enjoyable account of every aspect of his extended trip discovering Japan via it's cuisine. He discusses the traditions, cultivation, processing and preparing of a huge number of Japanese foods and drink, as well as the actual taste, smell and experience of eating them ! It's graphic - so much so that I feel I'm almost there ! In addition, I learnt so much about Japan itself - the country, people and traditions that dominate their lives. He is clearly a sympathetic voyeur. He is amusing but never patronizing, entertaining yet informative.

As a bonus, Michaels tails of travelling with his wife and two young children does not in any way detract from the book and, as a mother of children of a similar age, caused me to giggle empathetically !

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have learnt so much and now I'm itching to visit ! I shal be buying another Michael Booth book to accompany my virtual travels !
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2010
Could have been an interesting and informative read, but the book lacks credibility as it is littered with laugh out loud typos and grammatical errors throughout, particularly in the Japanese. The editors and Japanese advisers credited at length at the end of this book should be ashamed. . .
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2009
This is an absolutly brillient book and I recomend it to any one, sushi fan or not. I bought this book on a saturday after 5 minutes of deciding thinking it would take me a while to read, but I read it in two days. I just could not put this book down. This book concerns the travels of a food writer and his family who are eating their way accross japan. Not only is this book very insigtful about Japanese food but it's really really funny. Some of the most interesting bits are concerning the authors two young children presented with the curiositys of Japanese food and Japan in general.

What's more it had me craving some sashimi by the end of it :)
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on 29 January 2015
LOVE LOVE LOVE
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