Sake: Water from Heaven

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Universe Publishing, 2003 - Cooking - 143 pages
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SakÚ, the Japanese alcoholic beverage derived from rice, is quickly becoming one of the "coolest" international drinks after almost 2,000 years of popularity in Japan. The current nationwide rise of sakÚ bars and sakÚ-influenced drinks such as the sakÚtini hold testament to its newly gained popularity.

This newfound buzz has people more curious than ever about this traditional Japanese drink. Did you know that there are thousands of varieties of sakÚ or that sakÚ has 400 flavor components to wine's 200? Also, did you know that most of finest sakÚ's are supposed to be served chilled? Or that sakÚ has no sulphites and that the premium grades won't give you a hangover? Also, in Japan, sakÚ is rarely served with sushi; ironic, as for most Americans sakÚ and sushi go hand-in-hand.

Rocky Aoki, the famed restaurateur and founder of the Benihana franchise restaurants and Haru, explores this relatively unknown drink, supplying a full background to this still-mysterious beverage. Aoki examines how the rice is grown and brewed, the background and history of sakÚ in Japanese culture, the differences between the variety of styles of sakÚ, what types of food should be eaten with what types of sakÚ, and where one can go to purchase or order bottles of sakÚ.

With the same zest and appeal he has brought to his phenomenally successful Benihana chain, which entertainingly introduced the world to Japanese cuisine, Aoki, with this book, will likewise extend the same appeal to the joy of sakÚ.

Also included in the book is Rocky's own sakÚ guide, brands he has selected that are commonly found in the United States as well as other more specialized brands that can be purchased on the Web. They are rated as to quality, grade and price, and accompanied by suggested meals with which they are complementary.

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About the author (2003)

Rocky Aoki, a former Olympic wrestler, founded the Benihana restaurant chain after expanding his father's coffee shop into an international Japanese steakhouse. There are now nearly 100 Benihana restaurants worldwide. Rocky is also the proprietor of Haru, of which there are four restaurants in New York City, where he lives.

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