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Read all about the culture of Japanese cuisine, home cooking and traditions, shopping and the markets and all things delicious in Japan.

The Lonely Planet name is synonymous with a certain kind of travel. Life-changing, friend-making, soul-awakening journeys. As any self-respecting traveller knows, half the fun is getting there. The other half could quite easily be sampling the cuisine of the country you’re exploring. Or avoiding dodgy dinners that produce the sort of unmentionable digestive ailments that can really give you the shits…so to speak.

Those good folks at Lonely Planet know this too and have been busy the last few years producing country-specific eating guides to tantalise your tastebuds and reward even the most fickle diners with memorable meals from India to Ireland. The latest in their scrumptious series is World Food Japan, a funky pocket guide to eating and drinking Nippon-style.

This little wasabi green gastronomical tome is not just for the traveller either. Those with a yen for Yaki-zakan, a taste for Tsukemono or a soft spot for Sado will relish this guide. And for those of you unfamiliar with the delicious delicacies of Japanese cuisine, this book will not only demystify what you eat, but when and how you eat it. You’ll soon be craving tai no shio-yaki, shabu-shabu and namagashi.

With chapters including The Culture of Japanese Cuisine, Home Cooking and Traditions, Regional Zariations and Shopping and Markets, World Food Japan covers it all from buying to preparing and most importantly, the eating! Yum. You’ll also find in-depth descriptions of the ingredients commonly used in this elegant and delicious cuisine.

A dictionary of culinary terms will acquaint the novice and expert a like with common and some more obscure menu items and food and drink terminology. The Eat Your Words Language Guide will have you ordering everything from sushi to sake like an expert.

SheSaid’s favourite phrase? kore wa anata no ogori desu ne? This is your shout, right?

STOP THE CHOP from World Food Japan

“Waribashi, the ‘chopsticks that split’, are ubiquitous in modern Japanese life. Enough are used, and discarded, each year to build 30,000 homes. Most of the raw materials come from Japan’s South-East Asian neighbours. If you don’t wish to add to the environmental plunder, carry your own re-usable chopsticks, and simply refuse the disposable variety. If it causes a wee hiatus, worry not. You haven’t mortally offended anyone, you’ve just done what 24,500,000,000 Japanese don’t do, every year.” p102

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