by Zack B., December 31, 2013 5:30 PM
For an outsider, in a place so controlled by tradition, to get a foothold in and then rise to the top of Tokyo's highly competitive ramen scene seems like an impossible task. Ivan's obsession with perfecting his craft, down to the most minute detail, make this the indispensable book on ramen. On top of that, the story of how it happened is a great read. In the words of Anthony Bourdain, "What Ivan Orkin does not know about noodles is not worth knowing."