Tabemasho! Let’s Eat! A Tasty History of Japanese Food In America
By Gil Asakawa
I received a free copy of Tabemasho! Let’s Eat! from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Tabemasho! Let’s Eat! is a tasty look at how Japanese food has
evolved in America from an exotic and mysterious—even
“gross”—cuisine to the peak of culinary popularity, with sushi
sold in supermarkets across the country and ramen available
in hipster restaurants everywhere. The author was born in
Japan and raised in the U.S. and has eaten his way through
this amazing food revolution.
Summary from Goodreads.
Japan has been influenced by other cuisines for as long as other countries have been able to trade with them. Tabemasho! Let’s Eat! goes back through history to see how other countries have changed how the Japanese have cooked. Unfortunately, when I read the back of this book, for some reason I expected to see a lot of recipes; so if you are like me and expect to see some traditional Japanese recipes then you are out of luck sorry.
Surprisingly a lot of countries have had a major influence on Japanese cuisine. A lot of research has gone into this book, with no stone left unturned in the search for how each dish has changed over the centuries. Dishes such as sushi, ramen and yakitori are some that explain how they originally were made, and how the influence of cultures have changed them; as well as how they have been introduced to there countries. This book has a heavy focus on the American influence, and how Japanese cuisine made its way over and adapted to survive in the USA.
A good book about the history of the influence that other cuisines have had on Japanese, but I went in expecting some recipes so I was left a little disappointed.
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