Synopses & Reviews
Chef, sommelier, journalist, and restaurant consultant Yukari Sakamoto guides the reader through the gourmet delights of this fascinating city—from the worlds largest fish market to the Kappabashi kitchenware district.
She is a Japanese American whose insiders view of Japanese cuisine started when she took a unique position in the depachika (epicurean food hall) at the world-renowned Takashimaya department store in Tokyo. Food Sake Tokyo demystifies the ingredients, traditional dishes, and culture surrounding all things culinary in Tokyo. Sakamoto leads the reader to the best food that Tokyo has to offer, explaining and sampling along the way.
Youll learn which sushi fish are in season throughout the year; where to find the best knives, lacquerware, pottery, and kitchen gadgets; how to choose sake and shochu. The guide includes lively primers on sea vegetables and wagashi (Japanese confections), cheap eats, and dining customs, as well as how the specialty foods of Japan are produced and prepared and the countrys unique food traditions.
For anyone interested in Japanese food, this is a must-have lexicon of the tastes and fashions of Tokyos cuisine.
About the Author
Trained at the French Culinary Institute and the American Sommelier Association, Yukari Sakamoto
was the first non-Japanese to pass the rigorous exam to become a “shochu adviser.” She has taught classes on food, wine, and shochu, and has conducted culinary tours of Tokyos shops and markets. Her writing has been featured in such publications as Food & Wine
, Travel & Leisure
, The Washington Post
, and Time Out Tokyo
. She divides her time between Tokyo and New York City.
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.