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Food for the Eye, the Body and the Soul

Mouritsen, Ole G.

Original Danish edition published by Forlaget Jepsen & Co, Copenhagen 2006

2010, XXII, 330 p.

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From the reviews:

"Ole G. Mouritsen’s 330-page tome, ‘Sushi: Food for the Eye, the Body & the Soul,’ is … lightweight. … cover everything that could possibly relate to the science, culture, or culinary art of sushi, and go even a bit further. … The book is also a visual masterpiece. … excellent reference for anybody with the remotest inquiry about sushi or any related topics. … respectable index, and a glossary of technical and Japanese terms at the end of the book acts as a good reference." (Sarah Everts, Chemical and Engineering News, November, 2009)

"The book, written by a biophysicist and amateur chef, describes everything you ever wanted to know about sushi – the ingredients, tools and processes involved in the preparation of sushi and its complementary dishes, together with a variety of other information … . This book, beautifully illustrated with photographs and original watercolours … and should be enjoyed by any reader who shares the author’s passion for sushi – including home preparation and consumption and the total experience of the sushi bar." (Jemima Tiller, Chemistry World, December, 2009)

"It was refreshing to peruse a lighter, brighter food-related book, when the refined ‘Sushi: food for the eye, the body & soul’ landed on my doorstep. … Making it all the more engaging, the book was written by a Danish professor of biophysics with a longstanding interest in gastronomy and its scientific basis." (VittlesVamp, December, 2009)

"It is very comprehensive, starting with the philosophy behind sushi, moving through the science of sushi and ending on the practicalities of preparing sushi. … The book is also aesthetically pleasing, with plenty of excellent photos and diagrams. … Overall, this was a very informative and fairly comprehensive book on sushi and Japanese cuisine. It is well written, fairly easy to understand, and visually appealing. … I recommend this book … ." (The Passionate Foodie, December, 2009)

“If you have ever wanted to know everything about sushi … then this is the book you’ve been waiting for. … a beautiful book that would sit comfortably on a coffee table, on a shelf of textbooks at a culinary arts academy, or in the kitchen. … The origins and cultural history of sushi are examined, as well as a thorough guide to all the ingredients and tools used in sushi preparation.” (EAT, January, 2010)

“Of all the books out there written in English about sushi, for me this one by Ole Mouritsen is possibly the most interesting. … Not only does this book explore the basic, key ingredients for sushi … it discusses a far wider range of ingredients and Japanese condiments. … The result – it answers many of the unanswered questions about sushi … . the illustrations and photographs used are of excellent quality and provide an added insight into the variety of ingredients used to make sushi.” (Sarah Wedgbury Consulting, February, 2010)

“This weighty tome is packed with more information … . that’s exactly where it shines. The author’s curiosity and passion about fish is evident throughout. … Sushi will educate readers on all aspects of fish–texture, taste and how they are served. … With an extensive glossary and a rich bibliography, Sushi will find its way onto the bookshelves of chefs and foodies the world over. After consuming this work, readers themselves should be given a PhD in sushi.” (Yukari Sakamoto, Metropolis, April, 2010)

“Sushi – Food for the eye, the body & the soul is the quintessential book on the science of sushi, how it contributes to wellness, and why people have such passion for sushi. … The book is a jewel for sushi lovers everywhere. … Still, for all the eye-popping presentation and first class printing, the heart of the book is in the text. … The writing is richly presented … . Descriptions can be quite technical yet keep an average reader like me enthralled.” (Afar, Chowhound, May, 2010)

“This book … is a thorough examination of the culture and food science of Japanese sushi, is written by a Danish professor of biophysics. … It’s a molecular gastronomist’s dream book for sushi. … there are plenty of recipes and instructions for preparing sushi. … I am savoring every morsel of information from this excellent book.” (Culinaria Libris, September, 2010)



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