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California Studies in Food and Culture #49: The Untold History of Ramen

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A rich, salty, and steaming bowl of noodle soup, ramen has become an international symbol of the cultural prowess of Japanese cuisine. In this highly original account of geopolitics and industrialization in Japan, George Solt traces the meteoric rise of ramen from humble fuel for the working poor to international icon of Japanese culture.

Ramens popularity can be attributed to political and economic change on a global scale. Using declassified U.S. government documents and an array of Japanese sources, Solt reveals how the creation of a black market for American wheat imports during the U.S. occupation of Japan (1945–1952), the reindustrialization of Japans labor force during the Cold War, and the elevation of working-class foods in redefining national identity during the past two decades of economic stagnation (1990s–2000s), all contributed to the establishment of ramen as a national dish.

This book is essential reading for scholars, students of Japanese history and food studies, and anyone interested in gaining greater perspective on how international policy can influence everyday foods around the world.

Synopsis:

"George Solt's The Untold History of Ramen is a wonderful guide to the world of ramen that will please aficionados, inform neophytes, and satisfy students of Japanese food and popular culture." —Samuel H. Yamashita, Henry E. Sheffield Professor of History, Pomona College

"European and North American diners who previously knew only packaged ramen are now waiting in long lines at specialty restaurants for Japan's iconic noodle soup. Solt's fascinating study reveals the role of U.S. foreign policy in ramen's past and shows how a Japanese worker's meal became a national food and rode to the forefront of the latest wave in Japanese cuisine to arrive in the West." Eric C. Rath, Professor of History, University of Kansas

About the Author

George Solt is Assistant Professor of History at New York University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction. National Food 1

1. Street Life: Chinese Noodles for Japanese Workers

2. Not an Easy Road: Black Market Ramen and the U.S. Occupation 

3. Move On Up: Fuel for Rapid Growth 

4. Like It Is, Like It Was: Rebranding Ramen 

5. Flavor of the Month: American Ramen and “Cool Japan”

Conclusion. Time Will Tell: A Food of Opposition

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780520282353
Author:
Solt, George
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
World History-Asia
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
California Studies in Food and Culture
Series Volume:
49
Publication Date:
20140231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"European and North American diners who previously knew only packaged ramen are now waiting in long lines at specialty restaurants for Japan's iconic noodle soup. Solt's fascinating study reveals the role of U.S. foreign policy in ramen's past and shows how a Japanese worker's meal became a national food and rode to the forefront of the latest wave in Japanese cuisine to arrive in the West." Eric C. Rath, Professor of History, University of Kansas

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