Eric C. Rath

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Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 9781789143836
Cover type: Hardcover
Publish date: 5/26/2021

Now a worldwide food phenomenon available everywhere from street stalls to high-end restaurants, sushi has surprisingly modest origins. Oishii (Japanese for "delicious") is the story of sushi's evolution.

Sushi and sashimi are by now a global sensation and have become perhaps the best known of Japanese foods—but they are also the most widely misunderstood. Oishii: The History of Sushi reveals that sushi began as a fermented food with a sour taste, used as a means to preserve fish.
This book, the first history of sushi in English, traces sushi’s development from China to Japan and then internationally, and from street food to high-class cuisine. Included are two dozen historical and original recipes that show the diversity of sushi and how to prepare it. Written by an expert on Japanese food history, Oishii is a must read for understanding sushi’s past, its variety and sustainability, and how it became one of the world’s greatest anonymous cuisines.
Eric C. Rath is professor of premodern Japanese history at the University of Kansas. He is the author of Food and Fantasy in Early Modern Japan.

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