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What's What in Japanese Restaurants: A Guide to Ordering, Eating, and Enjoying (Origami Classroom) [Paperback]

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Item description for What's What in Japanese Restaurants: A Guide to Ordering, Eating, and Enjoying (Origami Classroom) by Robb Satterwhite...

The cities and towns of Japan abound with delightful relatively inexpensive restaurants. Most of them specialize, choosing to focus on one type of food and do it well. They explore variations of flavor and ingredients and frequently offer seasonal dishes. But how do you know what to order? How can you make sense of the jumbled menu in your hands? What if you miss out on a true delicacy?
What's What in Japanese Restaurants supplies the answers to these questions and many more, while at the same time providing a fascinating look at Japanese culture through a gustatory lens. Longtime food writer and enthusiast Robb Satterwhite delves into the intricacies of Japanese victuals, restaurant etiquette, and regional food variations. He explores culinary history and furnishes precise sample menus in Japanese and English that allow anyone to decipher, order, and fully enjoy a wholesome Japanese meal.
There are over two dozen types of Japanese cuisine from sushi and yakitori to traditiona1 temple fare and tofu cookery. The nuances and pleasures of Japanese food can be endlessly fascinating-if you know how and what to order. For food lovers and diners alike, What's What in Japanese Restaurants is the perfect introduction to authentic Japanese cooking.

Okay, you can walk into your favorite sushi bar and order the tuna roll in Japanese; that's a good start. But there's more to life than teriyaki,tempura, and sushi. With descriptions of grilled chicken skewers (yakitori), hearty plates of pork cutlets (tonkatsu), barbecue (robatayaki), and steaming rice bowls topped with grilled eel (unagi donburi), Robb Satterwhite lets you in on a world of Japanese cuisine that's little known east of Tokyo, but well worth learning.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   180
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.01" Width: 4.57" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 1996
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770020864  
ISBN13  9784770020864  

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More About Robb Satterwhite

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! ROBB SATTERWHITE was born in Manhattan, and became adept at using chopsticks at an early age. After graduating from Columbia University, he dined out in various parts of Manhattan and, between meals, worked for the Modern Language Association. He currently lives in Tokyo, where he works in
advertising and maintains the Tokyo Food Page on the World Wide Web. He can often be seen in restaurants around Tokyo sampling unusual and savory dishes.

Robb Satterwhite was born in 1955.

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1Books > Subjects > Cooking, Food & Wine > General
2Books > Subjects > Cooking, Food & Wine > Regional & International > Asian > Japanese
3Books > Subjects > Travel > Asia > Japan > General
4Books > Subjects > Travel > General > Food & Lodging > Dining

Reviews - What do customers think about What's What in Japanese Restaurants: A Guide to Ordering, Eating, and Enjoying (Origami Classroom)?

perfect travel book  Dec 9, 2006
This is the book to give to someone who is going to visit Japan for the first time.
Mediocre "intro" to Japanese cuisine  Sep 30, 2005
This book seemed like an excellent book when I read it before going to Japan. However, once I was there, all of the food sections were pretty much useless. None of the listings were detailed enough and almost all of the restaurants had menus completely unique and different from the one's listed in the book.

However, the book's main redeeming value is page 32/33 and 42/43 that gives very useful phrases to use in restaurants. Otherwise you can pretty much do without the book. If you don't read kanji, you're pretty much on your own and will probably end up pointing to pictures and saying "I want that." If you read kanji, you'll be able to guess over 50% of what's on the menu.
Downsized?  Jun 22, 2004
I found the content of this book very interesting. It's a complete guide to the different restaurants and other eating spots you might find in Japan. The familiar sushi, tempura and teppanyaki are just a few of them. Also there is information on the big regional differences and on ethnic cuisine (Korean minority).
But, unlike Japanese dishes, the visual aspect of this book is poor. Either out of cost effectiveness or to scale it down to pocket size. Type is small and any Japanese character with more than 5 strokes is absolutely illegable.
The different kinds of counting are not explained, but phrases as 'please, turn up/down the flame' and 'please turn off the burner' are translated at the end of almost every chapter.
Worst of all, the text refers often to a chart of the Japanese syllables inside front and back cover. But it simply is not there!
It looks like a inexpencive reprint, that makes me wanting the original version. Less content and bigger type would work wonders for this unique book.
For the adventurous  Jul 27, 2002
This book is more suited to those on a culinary tour of Japan, or those looking to taste the entire culture. I went on a short business trip, and ordinary guidebooks seemed to have enough information for survivial (for me at least).

If you're the sort of person who likes to try everything, this book may be for you. For a one week trip, I did not have time to take advantage of all of the information.

As indispensable as any map or guide book  Jun 6, 2002
If you are going on a trip to Japan, take "What's What in Japanese Restaurants" with you. It is a handy, pocket-sized reference book that will save you many a stomach-ache and hopefully let you discover many a good taste. Not all strange Japanese food is to be feared!

The guide outlines many of the main Japanese foods, a few ways to eat them and some simple restaurant etiquette. The food are named in both English and Japanese, with the Japanese written in Katakana and Hiragana. This is important, as most Japanese menus will not contain an English translation.

The books small size is most convenient, as luggage space can be at a premium. In the end, you will be glad you brought this book along.


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