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Sake Confidential : A Beyond-the-Basics Guide to Understanding, Tasting, Selection, and Enjoyment - John Gauntner

Sake Confidential

A Beyond-the-Basics Guide to Understanding, Tasting, Selection, and Enjoyment

Paperback Published: 10th June 2014
ISBN: 9781611720143
Number Of Pages: 184

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With today's sake drinkers increasingly informed and adventurous, now is the time for a truly expert guide to take you deeper into appreciation of this complex beverage, brewed from rice and enjoyed both warm or chilled. And what better mentor than John Gauntner, the "Sake Guy" and the world's only non-Japanese certified Master of Sake Tasting? Here in over two dozen no-holds-barred essays, John reveals "the truth about sake" from a connected insider's perspective.

About the Author

John Gauntner is recognized as the world's leading non-Japanese sake expert and educator. He has lived in Japan since 1988, and has worked in the sake industry promoting and educating since 1994. He has written seven books, including two ebooks, across two languages and hundreds of articles on the topic, and is known for his for his uniquely concise and passionate way of conveying all aspects of sake, sake enjoyment, sake culture, sake history, and brewing technology. John also conducts several Sake Professional Courses each year for sake professionals and aficionados. Known as "The Sake Guy," John is the only non-Japanese certified Master of Sake Tasting in the world, and has also achieved the very difficult Sake Expert Assessor certification from Japan's National Research Institute of Brewing.

Industry Reviews

"A superb, easy-to-swallow overview of this fascinating, complex and subtle beverage, offered with pith and clarity."--The New York Times "This book is not just for sake lovers; it's a must read for anyone interested in Japanese culture."-- The Japan Times "Written in a style that Gauntner's readers have come to know and enjoy: conversational, straightforward, earnest, unpretentious, and passionate."--The Sake Press "Sake Confidential is essential reading for anyone curious or passionate about Japan's national spirit."--Metropolis "It fills a needed niche for a Sake book that goes beyond the basics, but still is approachable by even the casual reader or newbie to Sake."--The Passionate Foodie "It's an easy book to flip through to find something of interest at your level of knowledge."--The Gray Report

INTRODUCTION: "The Least You Need to Know About Sake"What sake is vs. wine or beer or spiritsHow long it has been aroundHow it is madeWhat makes a good one from a less good one, i.e. how to choose a sake safelyThe grades and major typesTemperature, aging, storage, pairing with foodAlternative types like nigori, nama, yamahai that are mutually exclusive of gradeTRUTHS ABOUT SAKE 1. The truth about junmai vs. non-junmai2. The truth about nama-zake3. The truth about aged sake4. The truth about the nihonshu-do5. The truth about ginjo 6. The truth about sake purity7. The truth about the date on the bottle and "how old is too old": 8. The truth about warmed sake9. The truth about nigori-zake10. The truth about "tokubetsu"11. The truth about water12. The truth about yamahai and kimoto sake13. The truth about rice variety and sake flavor14. The truth about regionality in sakeHOW THE SAKE INDUSTRY REALLY WORKS15. The Truth about the sake industry16. The truth about how sake is priced in Japan17. The National New Sake Tasting Competition18. The truth about how rice is distributed in Japan19. The truth about outsourcing in Japan 20. The truth about sake glassware 21. The truth about the milling rate for junmai-shu22. The truth about pairing sake and food in JapanTHE BREWMASTER'S ART REVEALED23. The truth about koji-making. 24. The truth about toji25. The truth about some aromatic sake.26. All brewers make all grades, and they start with the rough stuff. 27. A million ways to make your moto: infinite variationsAPPLYING WHAT YOU KNOW28. How to develop your sake-tasting abilities 29. Representative sake selectionsCONCLUSIONEXPANDING YOUR KNOWLEDGE

ISBN: 9781611720143
ISBN-10: 1611720141
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 10th June 2014
Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 11.5  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.21

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