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Coffee Life in Japan (California Studies in Food and Culture) Hardcover – 4 May 2012

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  • Hardcover: 243 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (4 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520259335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520259331
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,706,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This excellent book combines academic rigour with lively descriptions and compelling prose."--"Times Higher Education"

"You'll find your eyes opened beyond the new and storied cafes you've heard of and into regional corners and paradoxical tastes."--"Serious Eats"

"Perhaps this isn't really a review, more a recommendation - all I can really say is that I enjoyed it, and . . . you'll probably enjoy this too."--"Jimseven"

"A fascinating 130-year illumination of Japan's deeply rooted sipping culture."--"La Weekly"

"Highly Recommended. . . . An engaging and often personal account of Japanese coffeehouses. . . . The volume is accessible and well written."--"Choice"

"Required reading for coffee's true believers and industry insiders."--Oliver Strand"T: The New York Times Style Magazine" (12/14/2012)

"Provides an engaging and often personal account of Japanese coffeehouses. . . . Highly recommended."--R. R. Wilk, Indiana University"Choice" (12/01/2012)

""Coffee Life in Japan" provides a novel and significant study on contemporary Japanese life."--Willa Zhen, Culinary Institute of America"Journal Of American-East Asian Relations" (04/09/2013)

"Wake up to the world of "Coffee Life in Japan", a book brimming with surprising tidbits, astute observations, and stories from the heart. . . . If you're a [coffee maniac], clearly "Coffee Life in Japan" is the must-have book for you."--Kate Heyhoe"Caffeine and You" (05/04/2013)

Required reading for coffee s true believers and industry insiders. --Oliver Strand"T: The New York Times Style Magazine" (12/14/2012)"

Provides an engaging and often personal account of Japanese coffeehouses. . . . Highly recommended. --R. R. Wilk, Indiana University"Choice" (12/01/2012)"

"Coffee Life in Japan" provides a novel and significant study on contemporary Japanese life. --Willa Zhen, Culinary Institute of America"Journal Of American-East Asian Relations" (04/09/2013)"

"Wake up to the world of "Coffee Life in Japan," a book brimming with surprising tidbits, astute observations, and stories from the heart. . . .If you re a [coffee maniac], clearly "Coffee Life in Japan" is the must-have book for you."--Kate Heyhoe"Caffeine and You" (05/04/2013)"

Coffee Life in Japan provides a novel and significant study on contemporary Japanese life. --Willa Zhen, Culinary Institute of America"Journal Of American-East Asian Relations" (04/09/2013)"

"Coffee Life in Japan provides a novel and significant study on contemporary Japanese life."--Willa Zhen, Culinary Institute of America"Journal Of American-East Asian Relations" (04/09/2013)

"Wake up to the world of Coffee Life in Japan, a book brimming with surprising tidbits, astute observations, and stories from the heart. . . . If you're a [coffee maniac], clearly Coffee Life in Japan is the must-have book for you."--Kate Heyhoe"Caffeine and You" (05/04/2013)

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"Cafes are where change happens and people feel most themselves. In this surprising book we see how Japan came of age in the cafe--where women became free, where people jazz and poetry could reign. And, of course, where coffee is at its perfectionist best. Always a congenial companion and teacher, Merry White shows us a whole society in a beautifully made cup." --Corby Kummer, The Atlantic

"Merry White's book is vital reading for anyone interested in culture and coffee, which has a surprising and surprisingly long history in Japan. Tracing the evolving role of the country's cafes, and taking us on armchair visits to some of the best, White makes us want to board a plane immediately to sample a cup brewed with 'kodawari, ' a passion bordering on obsession. " --Devra First, The Boston Globe

"Coffee Life in Japan features highly engaging history and ethnographic detail on coffee culture in Japan. Many readers will delight in reading this work. White provides an affectionate, deeply felt, well reasoned book on coffee, cafes, and urban spaces in Japan."--Christine Yano, author of Airborne Dreams: "Nisei" Stewardesses and Pan American World Airways

"Combining unmistakable relish for the subject with decades of academic expertise, Merry White skillfully demonstrates that the cafe, not the teahouse, is a core space in urban Japanese life. Her portrait of their endurance, proliferation, and diversity aptly illustrates how coffee drinking establishments accommodate social and personal needs, catering to a range of tastes and functions. It is a lovely and important book not only about the history and meanings of Japan's liquid mojo, but also about the creation of new urban spaces for privacy and sociality." --Laura Miller, author of Beauty Up: Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics

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