The Zen of Fish by Trevor Corson
The Story of Sushi, from Samurai to Supermarket

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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.


About Trevor Corson

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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.
Published July 1, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 388 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Cooking, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Alternating between the cuisine's history and the key steps in a sushi chef's education, Corson puts the reader in the thick of things à la Michael Ruhlman's Making of a Chef , detailing the laborious process of making rice, the preparation of a myriad of fish and the storied history of the Calif...

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Subtitled "The Story of Sushi, from Samurai to Supermarket," Trevor Corson's latest marine exploration (THE SECRET LIFE OF.

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I’ll try to describe the book in a way that addresses some of the criticism that has been dumped upon it, because the criticism almost kept me from reading this book – and it it all seems undeserved having read the book.

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