-The Washington Post
"Ramen King serves up enlightenment in a bowl"
-San Francisco Chronicle
"Endearing and compelling [...] therapeutic and enlightening [...] oddly entertaining"
-San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Hilarious and often poignant [...] unexpectedly charming."
-San Francisco magazine
"Alternately tongue-in-cheek and sincere, The Ramen King and I proves that, to paraphrase a Japanese proverb, "If man has no ramen in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty."
"A hilarious but instructive casserole. ... Readers with hankerings for the zany and life-affirming (not to mention Japanese) will salivate over this book. Serve with Julie Powell's Julie and Julia."
"Mixing humor and raw honesty, Raskin's introspective journey is inspiring and entertaining."
"Raskin's laugh-out-loud memoir yields surprising insights [...] An engaging portrait of a journey of self-discovery, leading to the liberating knowledge that joy and freedom often come from accepting limitations."
"Andy Raskin has crafted something much more than a clever and entertaining story. While bringing to life several curiously vivid Japanese subcultures, he sets out on a quest for something deep within himself, and finds it. Great comedies offer us honest-to-goodness meaning, and The Ramen King and I, with emotional depth beneath its quirky humor, certainly ranks among them."
"I ate this book in one sitting. Okay three sittings. What I mean is I loved it. It won me over from the start, and when it wasn't making me hungry it made me think. Apparently I, too, battle against the Fundamental Misunderstanding of Humanity."
"To say The Ramen King and I is a memoir about sex and fidelity and instant noodles only hints at the humor and humanity of this wonderful, beautifully crafted book. I couldn't stop laughing, even though it was also sad, in that being-human-is-sometimes-a-sad-proposition kind of way. Andy Raskin has an insider's perspective on male desire and Japanese culture, and a keen eye for the delicate, heartbreaking absurdities of both."
-Ruth Ozeki, author of My Year of Meat
"More raw than sushi...Raskin's journey is bizarre, enlightening, and delicious."
-Pamela Drickerman, author of Lust in Translation