Title: Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan's Food Culture
Author: Matt Goulding
Publisher: Harper Wave/ Anthony Bourdain
Publish Date: October 27, 2016
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "An innovative new take on the travel guide, Rice, Noodle, Fish
decodes Japan's extraordinary food culture through a mix of in-depth
narrative and insider advice, along with 195 color photographs. In this
5000-mile journey through the noodle shops, tempura temples, and
teahouses of Japan, Matt Goulding, co-creator of the enormously popular Eat This, Not That!
book series, navigates the intersection between food, history, and
culture, creating one of the most ambitious and complete books ever
written about Japanese culinary culture from the Western perspective.
Written in the same evocative voice that drives the award-winning magazine Roads & Kingdoms, Rice, Noodle, Fish
explores Japan's most intriguing culinary disciplines in seven key
regions, from the kaiseki tradition of Kyoto and the sushi masters of
Tokyo to the street food of Osaka and the ramen culture of Fukuoka. You
won't find hotel recommendations or bus schedules; you will find a
brilliant narrative that interweaves immersive food journalism with
intimate portraits of the cities and the people who shape Japan's food
This is not your typical guidebook. Rice, Noodle, Fish
is a rare blend of inspiration and information, perfect for the
intrepid and armchair traveler alike. Combining literary storytelling,
indispensable insider information, and world-class design and
photography, the end result is the first ever guidebook for the new age
of culinary tourism."
My Two Cents:
Noodle, Fish" is a travelogue through the delicious and fascinating
food culture of Japan. When I travel, one of my favorite things to do is
to explore the new place through their food. This is a gorgeous book
that takes us to many different parts of Japan to show us how the
Japanese prepare and eat their food. One word of warning: do not read
this book while you are hungry. If you do and you don't have quick
access to authentic Japanese food, you're probably going to eat the book
and that's really frowned upon! So count yourself warned...
is not only a book about food but a book about the culture around the
food. In many different cultures, food brings people together. It's no
different in Japan. This book was published under Anthony Bourdain's
publishing imprint and that's no surprise: this book feels like a
readable version of "Parts Unknown," a show I absolutely love! The
author talks not only about the food but about the people who make the
food and the people that eat the food. This whole book is a treat for
the senses and could only be made better if it actually came with the
food that the book talks about.
I have never been to Japan
before but it is definitely on my list of places to visit someday. I
really, really want to visit now after reading this book!