Finalist for the 2016 IACP Awards: Literary Food Writing
An innovative new take on the travel guide, Rice, Noodle, Fish decodes Japan's extraordinary food culture through a mix of in-depth narrative and insider advice, along with 195 color photographs. In this 5000-mile journey through the noodle shops, tempura temples, and teahouses of Japan, Matt Goulding, co-creator of the enormously popular Eat This, Not That! book series, navigates the intersection between food, history, and culture, creating one of the most ambitious and complete books ever written about Japanese culinary culture from the Western perspective.
Written in the same evocative voice that drives the award-winning magazine Roads & Kingdoms, Rice, Noodle, Fish explores Japan's most intriguing culinary disciplines in seven key regions, from the kaiseki tradition of Kyoto and the sushi masters of Tokyo to the street food of Osaka and the ramen culture of Fukuoka. You won't find hotel recommendations or bus schedules; you will find a brilliant narrative that interweaves immersive food journalism with intimate portraits of the cities and the people who shape Japan's food culture.
This is not your typical guidebook. Rice, Noodle, Fish is a rare blend of inspiration and information, perfect for the intrepid and armchair traveler alike. Combining literary storytelling, indispensable insider information, and world-class design and photography, the end result is the first ever guidebook for the new age of culinary tourism.
A veteran food writer, cofounder of the Roads & Kingdoms blog, and coauthor of the bestselling Eat This, Not That series, Goulding presents this glorious account of his culinary travels throughout Japan. He manages to be entertaining, informative and inspirational as he recounts his many meals in one of the world's most popular food destinations. Goulding's deep appreciation for the food, country and culture shines through as he offers advice on how to get the most from a visit, profiling chefs and influential bloggers, as well as must-visit restaurants for sushi or ramen (including one that has had the same stock simmering since 1955), in addition to steering readers toward (and away from) dining experiences that may or may be worthwhile. This combination of must-sees and recommendations for day trips outside the major cities offers an immersive experience, giving readers an initiate's sense of the country and personalities that make up the food culture. Goulding's gift for phrasing and razor-sharp prose elevate what could have been yet another rote travelogue into something much better.