The Book Sake: A Connoisseur's GuideHardback
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- Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 96 pages
- Dimensions: 190mm x 264mm x 16mm | 499g
- Publication date: 1 October 2006
- Publication City/Country: Tokyo
- ISBN 10: 4770029985
- ISBN 13: 9784770029980
- Illustrations note: 150 full colour photographs illustrations
- Sales rank: 415,350
Once found only in sushi bars and Japanese restaurants, Sake now lines the shelves of gourmet food shops, supermarkets and restaurants of all persuasions, listed alongside the customary wine selections. With demand on the rise, the timing of "The Book of Sake: A Connoisseur's Guide" could not be better. Sake brewmaster Philip Harper provides the ultimate introduction by the ultimate insider. Harper is, after all, the only non-Japanese to rise to the official rank of "master brewer." In these pages, readers will discover the true pleasures Japan's national tipple. They will learn how to select a good sake and how to match an evening's selection with food. Harper introduces a collection of sake lore, a guide to reading sake labels, a groundbreaking new tasting chart and a selection of sakes for all palates by the esteemed sake critic Haruo Matsusake. To round out the volume, Harper offers highlights of Japan's sake regions (in wine terms, its Bordeaux and Bourgogne), then presents perhaps the most intriguing tour of the sake brewmaster's art ever to be published in English. In short, Harper serves up the secrets of sake as only an insider could. Perhaps the place to end is where Harper's journey began. Of his awakening to the charms of his adoptive country's native drink, Harper remembers: "I could not believe that sake, which comes from rice, had the fragrance of fruit." Yes, that and much more.
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Now in his 14th brewing season, Philip Harper works as a master brewer (toji) in Osaka, Japan. Harper, the first non-Japanese to achieve the rank, is the author of The Insider's Guide to Sake. Haruo Matsuzaki is a one of the most respected authorities and critics of Japanese sake. He has written numerous books on the subject, and lectures throughout Japan.
They call him the sake savant, but that doesn't bother Philip HarperIn sake-drinking circles across Japan and abroad, Harper is considered a cross-cultural pioneer: the only non-Japanese sake-maker to rise to the rank of toji, or master brewer. The Los Angeles TimesThe essential resource for sake novices and hard-core sake-philes who want to enjoy their drink to the fullest. A timely overview that every fine liquor enthusiast will appreciate. --Bartender Magazine"A beautiful presentation and very informative. The book is done in a style that is functional for both those new to the sake world and those who are fairly knowledgeable. The combination of art/photos, basic information such as pronunciation guides, and the reviews of the sakes that are both comprehensive and brief, makes this one of the best sake books on the market today. "--LARRY MECHANIC, Sake Consultant, Sam's Wines & Spirits, Chicago, IL Everything you ever wanted to know about rice wine, by the only Westerner to become a practicing sake brewer in Japan. --Boston HeraldIncluded in Miami Herald wine columnist Fred Taskers annual roundup of the years most fascinating wine books. A good resource for the novice and the expert alike. --The Austin American-StatesmanA resource for sake novices and hardcore sake-philes who want to enjoy this drink to the fullest. --Nichi Bei Times