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A fascinating and hilarious journey through the extraordinary culinary landscape of Japan. ‘His account of their “foodie family road trip” establishes Booth as the next Bill Bryson.’ New York Times Winner of the Guild of Food Writers Kate Whiteman Award for the best book on food and travel.

‘His account of their “foodie family road trip” establishes Booth as the next Bill Bryson.’ New York Times

Japan is the pre-eminent food nation on earth. The creativity of the Japanese, their dedication and ingenuity, not to mention courage in the face of dishes such as cod sperm and octopus ice cream, is only now beginning to be fully appreciated in the sushi-saturated West, as are the remarkable health benefits of the traditional Japanese diet.

Food and travel writer Michael Booth sets of to take the culinary pulse of contemporary Japan and he and his young family travel the length of the country - from bear-infested, beer-loving Hokkaido to snake-infested, seaweed-loving Okinawa.

What do the Japanese know about food? Perhaps more than anyone else on earth, judging by this fascinating and funny journey through an extraordinary food-obsessed country.

Winner of the Guild of Food Writers Kate Whiteman Award for the best book on food and travel.

Reviews

His account of their “foodie family road trip” establishes Booth as the next Bill Bryson.

New York Times

Booth is one of the sharpest food writers around, and this is essential fare for foodies

Simon Shaw, Mail on Sunday

Booth's style is hugely enjoyable...an entertaining guide to the food you should try on a trip to the area

David Phelan, Timeout

Booth's descriptions of food made my mouth water. This book is a must for all lovers of Japanese cuisine

Guardian

The reader will learn much about one of the great Cuisines of the world

Christopher Hirst, The Independent

He wins you over with his sheer enthusiasm, wide reading and research and he's able to render difficult food processes into digestible bites

Joseph Woods, Irish Times

An insightful and humorous journey into a labyrinth of the finest, most delectable and sometimes freakiest food imaginable

Emma Westcombe, CNN Traveller

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  • EBook

    9781448180547

    May 26, 2016

    Vintage Digital

    336 pages

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    9780099516446

    July 1, 2010

    Vintage

    336 pages

    RRP $22.99

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