The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy

Front Cover
Penguin, May 3, 2007 - Business & Economics - 352 pages
2 Reviews
The highly acclaimed exploration of sushi’s surprising history, global business, and international allure

One generation ago, sushi’s narrow reach ensured that sports fishermen who caught tuna in most of parts of the world sold the meat for pennies as cat food. Today, the fatty cuts of tuna known as toro are among the planet’s most coveted luxury foods, worth hundreds of dollars a pound and capable of losing value more quickly than any other product on earth. So how did one of the world’s most popular foods go from being practically unknown in the United States to being served in towns all across America, and in such a short span of time?

A riveting combination of culinary biography, behind-the- scenes restaurant detail, and a unique exploration of globalization’s dynamics, the book traces sushi’s journey from Japanese street snack to global delicacy. After traversing the pages of The Sushi Economy, you’ll never see the food on your plate—or the world around you—quite the same way again.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - manatree - LibraryThing

By far the best economics book that I have ever read. Granted, I'm no economist and haven't read many economics books that weren't required for college. Unlike other books, this is not chock full of ... Read full review

The sushi economy: globalization and the making of a modern delicacy

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

From Prince Edward Island to Tokyo's massive Tsukiji Market to California, the Bahamas, Argentina, Spain, Australia, and China-to refrigerated cases in grocery stores and food courts and walk-up ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
PART ONE
One
Two
Three
Four
PART TWO
Five
Eight
Nine
Ten
PART FOUR
Eleven
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes

Six
Seven
PART THREE

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

Sasha Isenberg is a journalist at "The Boston Globe" and has written for "Slate, The Washington Monthly, Inc., Philadelphia," and "George," where he served as a contributing editor.

Bibliographic information