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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc; Reprint edition (15 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568364326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568364322
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 2.3 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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."..delightful. Robinsons book is more a paean to the vibrant and complicated izakaya culture than a definitive cooking guidebut the recipes, more than 60 of them, are the sort you wish more neighborhood restaurant chefs in New York would read. The New York Times Book Review


Izakaya - the Japanese Pub Cookbook celebrates unlikely foodie haunts and their cuisine, combining shochu-soaked anecdotes and pen portraits of izakaya chefs with recipes for their tasty snacks and appetizers. Reuters


Izakaya profiles several popular restaurants that offer affordable eclectic fare. USA Today


A unique work, recommended for most collections. Library Journal (Starred review)


--New York Times

About the Author

MARK ROBINSON lives in Tokyo and was the editor of the Japanese culinary magazine Eat, as well as deputy editor and music editor of Tokyo Journal magazine. He has been a regular food and culture contributor from Japan to publications such as Nest (U.S.), the Financial Times, The Times (U.K.), the Australian Financial Review Magazine, and others. Born in Tokyo and raised mostly in Sydney, Australia, he returned to Japan 20 years ago where, enchanted by the pleasures of izakaya, he has lived almost continuously. Photographer MASASHI KUMA was nominated for a James Beard Award for Photography for his work in the Kodansha book, Kaiseki, published in 2006. His photographs appear regularly in a number of periodicals, including Voce and GQ.


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Bought as a present for my Dad who had recently been working in Japan. He loved it, said the recipes were very true to what he had seen in Japanese pubs. The book itself is beautiful and was in perfect condition.
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This book is for the Asian-savvy chef who wants to become more familiar with true Japanese food besides Kaiseki, sushi books, and Nobu-style Japanese food. Some ingredients may be hard to find but for the imaginative chef it should not be a problem to find alternative ingredients. The book has many descriptive parts which will help your mind get into a back-in-Japan-experience if you have been to Japan before.
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As described some ingredients are hard to find. Book is great, pictures are good. I hope to start immediately to make some recipe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 居酒屋に酒笑 10 July 2013
By LaMonte Heflick - Published on Amazon.com
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What a wonderful book! Mark Robinson does an excellent job of creating mental images of the sights, sounds, and aromas of the Japanese izakaya -eating/drinking pubs. Typically smaller, locally owned and operated, these restaurant/bars are unique and endearing. Well written with vivid descriptions and beautiful photographs by Masashi Kuma I could almost taste the cuisine and hear the laughter. Having lived and worked in Tokyo and Toyotashi (yes, the home of Toyota トヨタ自動車) I have been privileged to visit many izakaya. Whether or not you've been to an izakaya in Japan or in the USA or elsewhere I'm sure you will enjoy this book. If you haven't already been, then make plans now. You'll be greeted with a warm
いらっしゃいませ Irasshaimase! (Welcome).
In the mean time try the delicious recipes in this book. Create your own izakaya in your kitchen.
乾杯!Kanpai! (Cheers).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taste the real, everyday Japan - definitely a classic 22 July 2011
By FoodCrafters - Published on Amazon.com
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Everyone who's ever been to Japan could tell you anecdotes about their best meal there in a tiny, off-the-beaten-track traditional inn. Obviously, closed-minded people who think that Indians eat curry, Americans eat burgers, and Japanese eat sushi, will have carefully avoided eating in such "not in NY times reviews" places, and that's the whole point of this book. Having lived for a year there (and been there another dozen times), I had the chance to discover these fantastic traditional eateries, with original, uncommon, and incredible house recipes: the Izakaya. Obviously, most of them have no English menu nor does anyone there speak a single word of English - which is why they are hard to access for tourists, and this book recreates the atmosphere of such places: nice locals that will start talking to you (in Japanese), the sake pouring wild, fresh beer with crunchy bits of fried never-heard-of parts of even-less-heard-of animals (or is it?) that taste incredibly good. These recipes are simple and mostly quick, none of the fancy/schmoozy elaborations of Nobu or Morimoto. Everyday items that you can cook at home (obviously Japanese stores nearby and access to fresh seafood will help).

The book itself is gorgeous, with great photos that recreate the ambiance and mood in the various "favorites" of the author, this is much more than a cookbook. It's almost an ethnographic study about these gems that make the Japanese food scene so varied, so colorful, so alive. This book was born out of the passion of his author, and you can feel his enthusiasm on every page, which makes it grasping. If you've ever been to Japan with friends yet felt that, somehow, you missed a chance to eat something really local, really unique, really Japanese that no tourist alone would have found on its own, this book is for you then.

Granted, I do have a fetish for Japanese food (and have a pretty abnormal collection of Japanese cookbooks), but this one stands out as informative, visually pleasant, original (as in I've never found another book on this topic), and especially filled with simple recipes you can try at home with little effort. Definitely worth every buck!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite cookbooks right now 13 July 2013
By James S. - Published on Amazon.com
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First off, this book is beautiful. Great layout, awesome photos of both interiors of pubs and the food.

Got this book for ideas about side dishes. We typically arrange our meals arround a Japanese plating style and having some variety in the sides is good. This collection of recipes delivers in spades and several in here have become "go-to" recipes. One thing that I noted was that the flavors tend to be sharp, which I really like.

The authors should be congratulated on the way they structured this book. It is arranged as a series of stories about the pubs, their owners, and their recipes. It is well written and entertaining to read (sort of rare in a cook book).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about the world's best drinking spots 13 Sept. 2014
By Kerry O'Shea - Published on Amazon.com
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Izakayas are the greatest pubs in the world. But unlike say Irish pubs or German beer halls, they don't follow the same global template. Menus vary widely, and the vibe can range from rowdy blue collar to epicurean ultra-chic. Mark Robinson's achievement here is demystifying the topic (along with recipes, the book covers history, culture, etiquette, and a list of great izakaya to check out) in a way that enhances its magical appeal.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great in-depth travel writing/restaurant review type book with recipes 24 Jan. 2013
By Gromer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one notch above the other Japanesey cookbooks I have bought because it is written not by a chef or ghost writer but by an experienced journalist. He really takes you there, to these izakayas. Don't read this book if you're hungry. He gives you maps and subway directions to the few places he reviews in depth in here. I'll definitely be checking out some of these joints! Tried making a few of the recipes. They're simple but if you substitute for American ingredients (even if he says you can) you'll not be successful.
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