Sushi: Food for the Eye, the Body and the Soul / Edition 1

Sushi: Food for the Eye, the Body and the Soul / Edition 1

by Ole G. Mouritsen
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Springer US

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Sushi: Food for the Eye, the Body and the Soul / Edition 1

"It is clear that serious research, as well as much imagination, went into every page. It has become my new ‘go-to’ bible when I need a shot of inspiration."

Ken Oringer, internationally renowned and award-winning chef
Clio Restaurant, Uni Sashimi Bar, Boston

"Congratulations on writing such an aesthetically beautiful, informative and inspiring book. ... I shall not hesitate to recommend your book to those colleagues, who like me, are fascinated by Sushi and who will surely be captivated, like me, turning every page."

Dr. Ian C. Forster, April, 2011

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In recent decades, sushi has gone from being a rather exotic dish, eaten by relatively few outside of Japan, to a regular meal for many across the world. It is quickly gathering the attention of chefs and nutritionists everywhere. It has even made its way into numerous home kitchens where people have patiently honed the specialized craft required to prepare it. Few have been more attuned to this remarkable transition than Ole G. Mouritsen, an esteemed Danish scientist and amateur chef who has had a lifelong fascination with sushi’s central role in Japanese culinary culture.

Sushi for the eye, the body, and the soul is a unique melange of a book. In it, Mouritsen discusses the cultural history of sushi then uses his scientific prowess to deconstruct and explain the complex chemistry of its many subtle and sharp taste sensations. He also offers insights from years of honing his own craft as a sushi chef, detailing how to choose and prepare raw ingredients, how to decide which tools and techniques to use, and how to arrange and present various dishes.

Sushi is irresistible for both its simplicity and the hypnotic performance-art aspects that go into its preparation. With clear prose and straightforward instructions, Mouritsen looks at every facet of sushi in a book that is as accessible as it is informative, as useful as it is fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441906175
Publisher: Springer US
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Edition description: 2010
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Sushi – the Eye, the Brain, the Body, and the Soul
Sushi and Zen
What is sushi?

Life, Food, and Molecules
The molecular building blocks of life
Sensory perception

'Something from the Sea and Something from the Mountains'
Fruit de mer: fish and shellfish
The plants of the sea: algae and seaweed
Soybeans: tofu, shoyo, and miso
Rice, rice wine, and rice vinegar
Condiments in Japanese cooking

Storage and Preservation
Fish and shellfish
Tsukemono – the art of pickling

Tools, Preparations, and Presentation
Tools for sushi
Preparation of sushi
Arrangement and presentation

Sushi a la Carte
The ordinary
The peculiar

Side Dishes and Accessories
Soups and salads
Desserts with green tea

At the Table and at the Bar
How to eat sushi
Cha – Japanese green tea

Japanese terms
Scientific terms
Webliography – sushi on the web
Lists of recipes and illustrations


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Sushi: Food for the Eye, the Body and the Soul 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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TRPChicago More than 1 year ago
My wife and I love sushi, but only from the better and best places which have a lot of loyal customers and hence, a lot of fresh fish. I looked for the same quality in this book. The best of the book is in the illustrations. The photos are suburb, as are all the other illustrations and layout. The text is very informative and the last half, where the author focuses on particular types of sushi, fascinated me. But the first half of the book, motivated as I am to learn details of sushi history, ecology, chemistry and the like, are just not very exciting. That said, it's a gorgeous picture book, a definitive and knowledgeable treatment of some of the world's best cuisine. Devoted fans of sushi ought to have this book.