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What's What in Japanese Restaurants: A Guide to Ordering, Eating, and Enjoying Paperback – April 1, 2011
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Robb Satterwhite is the author of three books on Japanese food. His website Bento.com, a guide to Japanese restaurants and Japanese food, gets around one million page views per month (approximately 500,000 unique users). The website itself has over 8,000 pages and covers close to 2,000 restaurants in the Tokyo area. The website has been mentioned in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and many other publications.
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However, the book's main redeeming value is page 32/33 and 42/43 that gives very useful phrases to use in restaurants. Otherwise you can pretty much do without the book. If you don't read kanji, you're pretty much on your own and will probably end up pointing to pictures and saying "I want that." If you read kanji, you'll be able to guess over 50% of what's on the menu.
1. story telling
2. teach you how to learn Japanese
3. many unnecessary table
If you take out all the above pages, it left nothing.....
Don't buy this book. The are many other book out there better than these.
The introduction also explains things like "teishoku" (blueplate special) and has some very useful phrases foreigners will likely need, such as "please cook the bacon more" or "without meat" (even if you're only ordering sauteed vegetables, chefs often add meat to it for flavor). I found this book absolutely indispensable when I lived in Japan, and I recommend it to anyone travelling there.
The guide outlines many of the main Japanese foods, a few ways to eat them and some simple restaurant etiquette. The food are named in both English and Japanese, with the Japanese written in Katakana and Hiragana. This is important, as most Japanese menus will not contain an English translation.
The books small size is most convenient, as luggage space can be at a premium. In the end, you will be glad you brought this book along.
With 'What's What in Japanese Restaurants' in your pocket this will never happen to you. Robb Satterwhite has written an indispensable book for anyone travelling to Japan for the 1st or even the 30th time. The book is divided into sections detailing regional styles, types of food, etc., and each section gives the Japanese characters that you will find on the menu, a transliteration into Roman characters and an explanation of the dish. He talks about diferent types of eating places, from standup noodle stalls to the VERY exclusive Japanese traditional restaurant. Included also are useful phrases for dining and there's even a section on drinking. He touches on etiquette and finishes with a glossary of terms. This is the most comprehensive book on eating in Japan that I have come across in more than 20 years of travelling to and fro. An absolute must buy.
But, unlike Japanese dishes, the visual aspect of this book is poor. Either out of cost effectiveness or to scale it down to pocket size. Type is small and any Japanese character with more than 5 strokes is absolutely illegable.
The different kinds of counting are not explained, but phrases as 'please, turn up/down the flame' and 'please turn off the burner' are translated at the end of almost every chapter.
Worst of all, the text refers often to a chart of the Japanese syllables inside front and back cover. But it simply is not there!
It looks like a inexpencive reprint, that makes me wanting the original version. Less content and bigger type would work wonders for this unique book.