Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
The Sake Handbook: All the information you need to become a Sake Expert! Paperback – November 15, 2002
|New from||Used from|
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Frequently bought together
"The best currently available sake guidebook in English is The Sake Handbook by John Gauntner, an American living in Japan." —San Francisco Chronicle
"[T]his book is a very welcome guide and pretty damn useful for getting you started." —Tokyo Beer Drinker blog
From the Inside Flap
- ASIN : 0804834253
- Publisher : Tuttle Publishing; 2nd edition (November 15, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 248 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780804834254
- ISBN-13 : 978-0804834254
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #104,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The other area where I thought the book could've been a little bit better is in the sake recommendations. Not the recommendations themselves, which are outstanding, but rather their organization. The number of kura in Japan is remarkable, and most kura have several products of note, so Gauntner was already faced with a difficult task. To me, it would've been more useful if he had organized the sake by style and offered more precise recommendations within those categories (e.g., "top 10 daiginjo", "top 10 sake for sake novices" or "top 10 sake best enjoyed warm" or whatever). I also thought that perhaps instead of one page per sake, having one page per *kura*, with a brief description of their main offerings might've been useful (to his credit, he often does mention other products made by the same kura of the sake he is recommending). Instead, one is left a bit overwhelmed--all the recommended sake sound delicious ... but where to start? I love sake and have been drinking it for a couple of decades (and also speak and read Japanese) but even I often find myself stuck in a rut, and just sticking to the kura that I know ... when I'm in Japan or in a specialty store in the US, it's easy to ask for recommendations, but it would be nice if this book offered that kind of detail ("if you like _____, you might also like _____"). The organization by geographic location is likely not terribly helpful for most people.
Despite these relatively small issues, this is still a good book--especially for people who are relatively new to sake and want to learn more. Sake is a fabulous drink and Gauntner is an amazing ambassador for it, and I look forward to reading some of his other offerings (I'm especially intrigued by Sake Confidential) to gain some more insights. Think of this book as a starting point rather than 'the bible' of sake, and you'll be happy.
This book is a great foundation for learning about sake. His followup book 'Sake Confidential' is a must have as well.
This book provides an objective description of many types of sake, without treading on that hallowed ground of 'taste'. The description of how different types of sake are made sets up the novice well to make their own judgement on which brands meet their satisfaction. Good book.
I also like the explanation of the various types of rice used to make sake. The language in the book is made easy, so that anyone can understand the contents of this very good information. I think that we need to read this book at least twice in order to become familiar with the sake terminology.
There are also some good recommendations of great sake: many of them are hard to find in Japan. However, with a little searching around: eureka!
If you're into rice wine like I am, this is a good piece for anyone's collection.
Good work John Gauntner!