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Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle Joint

Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle Joint

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By (author) Ivan Orkin, By (author) Chris Ying

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  • Publisher: TEN SPEED PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 196mm x 250mm x 24mm | 820g
  • Publication date: 26 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Berkeley CA
  • ISBN 10: 1607744465
  • ISBN 13: 9781607744467
  • Illustrations note: 100 Colour Photographs
  • Sales rank: 24,738

Product description

The end-all-be-all guide to ramen from Ivan Orkin, the iconoclastic New York-born owner of Tokyo's top ramen shop. In 2007, Orkin, a middle-aged Jewish guy from Long Island, did something crazy. In the food-zealous, insular megalopolis of Tokyo, Ivan opened a ramen shop. He was a "gaijin" (foreigner), trying to make his name in a place that is fiercely opinionated about ramen. At first, customers came because they were curious, but word spread quickly about Ivan's handmade noodles, clean and complex broth, and thoughtfully prepared toppings. Soon enough, Ivan became a celebrity--a fixture of Japanese TV programs and the face of his own best-selling brand of instant ramen. Ivan opened a second location in Tokyo, and has now returned to New York City to open his first US branch. " Ivan Ramen" is essentially two books in one: a memoir and a cookbook. In these pages, Ivan tells the story of his ascent from wayward youth to a star of the Tokyo restaurant scene. He also shares more than forty recipes, including the complete, detailed recipe for his signature Shio Ramen; creative ways to use extra ramen components; and some of his most popular ramen variations. Written with equal parts candor, humor, gratitude, and irreverence, " Ivan Ramen" is the only English-language book that offers a look inside the cultish world of ramen making in Japan. It will inspire you to forge your own path, give you insight into Japanese culture, and leave you with a deep appreciation for what goes into a seemingly simple bowl of noodles.

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Author information

IVAN ORKIN is a native New Yorker. He spent a total of thirteen years in Japan, but now calls Dobbs Ferry, New York home. He lives there with his wife, Mari, and three sons, but returns to Tokyo frequently. CHRIS YING is the editor-in-chief of Lucky Peach and the editor and designer of the highly acclaimed "Mission Street Food" cookbook. He lives in San Francisco, California. NORIKO YAMAGUCHI is a Tokyo-based photographer specializing in food, travel, and still-life photography. Her work has appeared in "Elle Japon" and" Bunshun," as well as in a variety of other Japanese publications. DANIEL KRIEGER is a New York-based food and portrait photographer. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including the "New York Times, Time Out New York, "and" Food & Wine."

Review quote

"Ivan Ramen is a wonderful glimpse into the delicious, inspiring world of Ivan Orkin." --Danny Bowien, James Beard Award-winning chef of Mission Chinese Food "We are all fortunate that a young Ivan Orkin, growing up in 1970s suburban Long Island, fell in love with Japanese food. If he hadn't, the world would never know Ivan's amazing ramen, one of the most powerfully delicious noodle soups on the planet." --Chad Robertson, James Beard Award-winning chef, author, and co-founder of Tartine Bakery and Bar Tartine "Ivan has dedicated his whole life to understanding and creating the perfect bowl of ramen, and he has mastered the two most critical elements: the noodles and the broth. He consistently delivers the best bowls I've experienced in my life. Completely authentic, completely delicious." --Ming Tsai, James Beard Award-winning chef, author, and owner of Blue Ginger and Blue Dragon "What Ivan Orkin does not know about noodles is not worth knowing." --Anthony Bourdain chef, author, and host of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown"

Table of contents

Foreword by David Chang   PROLOGUE BEGINNINGS FIRST ENCOUTNERS A COOK'S LIFE THE OBSESSION Answers from a Master: Shimazaki-San SO? THE SHOP Confessions of a Noodle Addict: Ohsaki-San THE ABSURDITY EPILOGUE   IVAN RAMEN'S SHIO RAMEN Shio Ramen: The Complete Bowl Fat Shio Tare Katsuobushi Salt Double Soup Toasted Rye Noodles Menma Pork Belly Chashu Half-Cooked Eggs   NOW WHAT? Flavored Fat Schmaltz-Fried Chicken Katsu Chicken Teriyaki Omu Raisu Ozoni Dashi Maki Tamago Cold Tofu with Menma Menma Sauté Chashu Cubano   VARIATIONS ON A NOODLE Roasted Garlic Mazemen Chile Mazemen Toasted Sesame and Spicy Chile Tsukemen Four-Cheese Mazemen Ago Dashi Ramen Ago Tsukemen Breakfast Yakisoba Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Mazemen   SIDES AND SWEETS Steamed Rice Pork and Tomato Meshi Roasted Pork Musubi Lemon Sherbet Tomato Sorbet   Acknowledgments A Few Words about Sourcing Ingredients About the Author and Contributors Index