The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice

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Harper Collins, Jul 21, 2009 - Nature - 416 pages

Everything you never knew about sushi—its surprising origins, the colorful lives of its chefs, and the bizarre behavior of the creatures that compose it

Trevor Corson takes us behind the scenes at America's first sushi-chef training academy, as eager novices strive to master the elusive art of cooking without cooking. He delves into the biology and natural history of the edible creatures of the sea, and tells the fascinating story of an Indo-Chinese meal reinvented in nineteenth-century Tokyo as a cheap fast food. He reveals the pioneers who brought sushi to the United States and explores how this unlikely meal is exploding into the American heartland just as the long-term future of sushi may be unraveling.

The Story of Sushi is at once a compelling tale of human determination and a delectable smorgasbord of surprising food science, intrepid reporting, and provocative cultural history.

 

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Contents

SUSHI SCHOOL
3
EATING TO LIVE
10
MOLD
13
TASTE OF THE SEA
21
5LIKE THE VOMIT OF A DRUNKARD
25
SEVEN GODS IN EVERY GRAIN
33
A STORY
44
BATTLE OF THE SEXES
52
MANGO LOVE
166
COMEDY CLUB
169
LONG GOODBYE
175
FROM FRESHWATER
178
CONGRATULATIONS FISH
186
UNLEASH THE BEAST
197
FLATFISH 206 34 OLD GLORY
214
SPY KIDS
216

HOLLYWOOD SHOWDOWN
60
Weeks 3 4 and 5
73
CHEFS CHOICE
75
INSIDE THE ROLL
81
PUTTING ON THE SQUEEZE
89
FAST FOOD
94
AMERICAN STYLE
98
SHOW TIME
102
FRUITS OF THE SEA
108
BLOOD AND GUTS
113
EAT THE PIE
120
BIG TEST
123
SUSHI NATION
131
MANHOOD OF SHRIMP
136
GETTING FISHY
142
RAW DEAL
149
MACKEREL GAL
153
RUSSIAN ROULETTE
158
TASTES LIKE CHICKEN
164
SEA SNAKES
225
TENTACLES OF THE DEEP
232
GIANT CLAM
240
FINAL FISH
245
CARVING THE MOUNTAIN
252
SUSHI KUNG FU
258
MORTAL COMBAT
264
DRUNKEN MASTER
270
EGGS AND OVARIES
277
45
287
DELI 292 47 SUSHI MASTER
294
PIZZA PARTY
301
HOMECOMING
309
ONE YEAR LATER
315
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
323
SOURCE NOTES
329
GLOSSARY OF SELECTED JAPANESE TERMS
341
INDEX
363
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The author of The Secret Life of Lobsters, Trevor Corson has studied philosophy in China, resided in Buddhist temples in Japan, and worked on commercial fishing boats off the Maine coast. He has written for the Atlantic Monthly and the New York Times and is the only "sushi concierge" in the United States. He lives in New York City.

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