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Food Sake Tokyo (The Terroir Guides) Paperback – May 18, 2010
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“Tokyo is notoriously hard to navigate, but the densely populated Japanese capital might seem especially overwhelming when it comes to deciphering its restaurants, markets and bars. Never fear–chef, sommelier, journalist and culinary consultant Yukari Sakamoto guides the reader through the best of this city in Food Sake Tokyo…. Sakamoto provides a glossary of food terms and a guide to restaurant etiquette. In the first half of the book, she demystifies the central ingredients of Japanese cuisine. In the second half, she lists restaurants, shops and bars organized by neighborhoods, with addresses in English and Japanese.” –Pittsburgh Tribune
“Food Sake Tokyo is the ideal guide for indulging in the best of Tokyo dining and drinking, whether you’re a first-time visitor or a Japanophile foodie keen on discovering new favorites.” –The Examiner
"Chef, educator and food journalist Yukari Sakamoto has just published a new book: Food Sake Tokyo, a fabulous guide to the city's eats. Go Yukari! I first met Yukari a few years ago; I've always learned a ton when she lectures on Japanese food. Her book reflects her deep, deep knowledge -- what I love about it is the incredible, broad and extensive details she shares, from the phrase for "juicy meat" to a detailed rundown of the stores in Kappabashi, the city's restaurant supply district, to a listing of "antenna shops" (read the book to find out what that means!) to wonderful culinary itineraries. I am so impressed by how much work Yukari has put into this book. If you're into food and heading to Tokyo, this is your guide." – Harris Salat, The Japanese Food Report
"Japanese-American chef and sommelier Yukari Sakamoto unveils the diversity and subtlety of Japanese food...She explains Japanese food philosophy, offers advice on basic etiquette and proper attire, introduces the basic ingredients of the Japanese pantry, and describes the astonishing number and types of restaurants."--The Chicago Tribune PRAISE FOR THE TERROIR GUIDES: "Getting to the heart of regional cuisine can be a tall order, but The Terroir Guides ably examine the interplay between markets, local food artisans, winemakers, and chefs on a town-by-town basis, taking the reader from field to plate and making a great companion for any food-obsessed tourist...packed with local history, food lore, and useful translations." –Sherman's Travel “When I travel, food is naturally a primary focus, but most guidebooks provide minimal information in that realm. Thankfully, The Little Bookroom is publishing Terroir Guides, a series for the foodie traveler that focuses entirely on culinary delights." –Cravings "I love The Terroir Guides. They give me everything I want. They're a tactile pleasure, compact, meaty. They're lovely to look at, elegantly laid out, mutedly and tastefully colored...positively overflowing with the Who, What, Where and How even an intrepidly independent traveler should know...The Little Bookroom has a knack for putting guidebooks into print that are as useful as they are beautiful." –Wine News "I advise you not to go [to Tokyo] without Food Sake Tokyo tucked into your tote. Digest [Sakamoto's] preamble on the mysteries of Japanese dining rules and rituals and then follow her footsteps to the best places to eat and drink and shop, to snack and splurge."Gael Greene, Forkplay
About the Author
Tokyo native Takuya Suzuki specializes in food, travel, and culture photography. His work can be seen in magazines like Brutus, Goethe, Sotokoto, and Hers, among others.
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Her blog on food shops in Tokyo is:
Top Customer Reviews
As a culinary professional - I am always compelled to seek and sample the best food a country has to offer. I knew Japan would be challenging, given my time constraints and the overwhelming number of choices in such large cities, and especially because of its famously rich and sundry culinary traditions. I couldn't waste the limited time I had there on searching out the best soba noodles, the crispiest tempura, or the perfect sushi (there were gardens, museums and temples to see, too!). I had just several hours in Kyoto's Nishiki Market - not the several trips I would've preferred to have made, had I several more days in Kyoto. Still, I was intent on making the right choices...
Enter Food Sake Tokyo - carefully and conscientiously researched by someone who clearly possesses real knowledge and discerning taste, and whom, gratefully, saved me from the useless and practically non-existent recommendations from the (almost-as-useless-otherwise) guidebooks I'd purchased.
Thanks to this guide, I tasted the most perfect (not to mention atmospheric) plate of Soba noodles. I sampled the crispy/tender delights of a properly-prepared tonkatsu. And I was experiencing sensory overload at Tsukiji Market (on a very cold, rainy, jet-lagged morning) when I sat down to not one (the donburi at Nakaya), but two (the fried anago filets at Tenfusa) memorable breakfasts.
Then there were things like the hit-the-spot soy doughnuts in Kyoto! After the first couple of successes, I felt comfortable giving up "the search" for this or that, and just following the author's lead.Read more ›
This book is very special worth buying. A trip to the book store may also help you understand why it is a standout from the other travel books on Tokyo or Japan in general.
This book is one of a kind not just for people who will be traveling to Tokyo but also for anyone interested in Japanese food and drink and the culture that makes it so special. If you like this book, please do not forget to check out the two wonderful blogs by the author.
The coverage in the older, or more traditional part of Tokyo (Shitamachi) also comes as pleasant surprise.
Thank you, Sakamoto San, for writing this excellent book!!
A large part of Sakamoto's guide is given over to a detailed survey of Japanese cuisine, not just listing a few dishes but digging deeply into its ingredients and culture. For instance, the miso section taught me all about 8 main types of miso and gave clear markers to start exploring the hundreds of types of miso soup. Then, I learned about aemono and, finally, was recommended a shop in Setagaya that specializes in the stuff. This is one of the great things about the book: you don't just learn the theory, you are given places to start actually exploring what you have learned.
In chapter 5, we get a detailed breakdown of outstanding Tokyo food places by district. Really really useful.This is the part of the book that is opening up new doors for me in Tokyo.
There are nice changes of pace throughout the guide, with entertaining and informative features on particular aspects of Japanese cuisine (eg. knives, department store shopping etc.) and the photography is first rate. Finally, in reply to the customer who said his book was damaged, mine is well bound. No problem on that score. Very pleased with my purchase.
Oh, and one other thing. Disregard that 1-star review that someone gave this volume. My copy was used incredibly hard and it looks as good as the day it arrived from Amazon. So I have no idea what kind of problem he was having. All I know is it sure helped us. Hell, even if it fell apart, I'd punch holes in it and but a ring through it, and take it that way. It's the information that is contained within that really makes this one a winner, not the binding. Duh!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fabulous guide to food , drinks , etiquette and shopping in Tokyo. We are going for the first time and this book is very helpful and very... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lee Primmer
Been there done that. Not too much out of the ordinary.Published 7 months ago by Manolo C. Fernando
Wonderful book, easy to follow, great finds. Required reading before going to Tokyo.Published 11 months ago by Linda R. Grossman
Great overview of Japanese ingredients and where to buy them, as well as great suggestions on the best places to sample them.Published 12 months ago by Eric K Rose
Really great, simple packaging. Still perusing he book. It has a lot of words (romanized) that are defined/translated around page 100ish. Some I have not even been familiar with. Read morePublished 19 months ago by bellinissima
Highly recommended for anyone visiting Tokyo or just wanting to learn more about Japanese food. Wish a Kindle version was available.Published 21 months ago by MO
The directions were hard to follow to find places in this book. Additionally, the suggested places were not always that great. In general this book was pretty but not very helpful.Published 21 months ago by SS
This is a beautiful little book written by a Japanese culinary expert who lived and worked in Japan for several years and knows the city and her food. Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by Jacquelyn
Food should be one of the highlights of any trip to Japan, and eating your way through Tokyo really is a joy. But where to eat? Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by C. E. Stevens