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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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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 guide has other fantastic tips, such as seasonal food lists, helpful phrases and foods special to different regions. Amazing shops are also included- we actually spent an entire afternoon in one of the department store food halls sampling so many wonderful (and some less so) new foods- something that was not mentioned in our other two guide books. We were able to find a sake tasting and knew what uncommon-to-the-states sake to ask to try. And we were happy we did because there was one I'm relieved to have only had a small taste of, I would have been bummed if I had ordered a full bottle at a sake bar.
My only regret is that I did not spend time on his website prior to our visit. We heard that Tokyo only has great food and while this is largely true, it is not entirely true. Bad sushi does exist. Which is why we kept going back to this book on our visit. My only *complaints* are minor- for me, personally, the shape of the book is a little awkward as the spine doesn't allow it to fully open and the glossy pages are difficult to highlight. Far from being a deal-breaker but a little annoying.Read more ›
Moreover, this book isn't just about restaurants, but food and drink conceived more broadly. Department stores, sake shops, tea houses, utensil and pottery stores, fish markets ... it's all in here. If you like food and you're going to Tokyo, this book is a must-buy.
7/9/14 UPDATE: I'm back in Tokyo and still enjoying this book ... my only small complaint is that I wish the index also listed restaurants by the type of cuisine.Read more ›
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It felt a little outdated with all this info in a book, should have thought about it before buying. Would like it in a smartphone service. Not so inspirationsl layout.Published 1 month ago by Lars Andersson
I recently purchased a whole slew of guidebooks for a trip to Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima) and found this to be one of my favorites. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tobucus
This pocket sized book is packed full (great use of small font to make the guide portable!) of information on how, what and where to eat in Tokyo. Read morePublished 3 months ago by San Diego Prime
Really great book, it covers every inch of Tokyo. You can tell the author did a lot of research and put a lot of detail into this.Published 5 months ago by K.T.T.
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 12 months ago by Lee Primmer
Been there done that. Not too much out of the ordinary.Published 13 months ago by Manolo C. Fernando
Wonderful book, easy to follow, great finds. Required reading before going to Tokyo.Published 16 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 18 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 on June 18, 2014 by bellinissima