“Exploring the World of Japanese Craft Sake” will be released in paperback by Tuttle Publishing on May 10.
This mind-blowing guide invites you into the history of sake, an ancient drink that finds its way into a modern world.
Whether you’re new to sake or an experienced connoisseur, “Exploring the World of Japanese Artisan Sake” offers fascinating insights, practical tips, and rich stories about this popular beverage.
Authors and experts Nancy Matsumoto and Michael Tremblay personally took on the challenge of visiting 35 craft sake breweries in Japan, the United States and Canada to interview makers and document every step of the sake brewing process. Matsumoto’s famous journalistic background combined with Tremblay’s background as a sake sommelier have led to an engaging and informative look into the world of sake.
With over 300 color photos and a vivid narrative, this fascinating book provides:
• A comprehensive introduction to the science and history of sake brewing in Japan
• A look at how artisan sake is brewed today using traditional methods and no additives – just rice, water, koji and yeast
• Stories of Japan’s venerable breweries, some of which are over 300 years old
• An answer to why some breweries are able to produce premium sake
• A discussion of rice varieties and the controversial subject of terroir in the context of sake making
• Current trends in the world of sake, including fine sakes now brewed outside of Japan
• Tasting notes and recommendations for the best craft sake you haven’t heard of yet
This book also includes personal recipes from several great Japanese sake brewing families, as well as food pairing tips and a chapter on the authors’ adventures in Japanese sake bars.
about the authors
Michael Tremblay is a Certified Sake Samurai and Wine Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Educator residing in Toronto. He is the sommelier at ki modern Japanese + bar, a Japanese restaurant with one of the largest sake programs in Canada. He is the founder of the Sake Scholar Course, a certification course that explores the regionality of sake.
Nancy Matsumoto is a writer and editor covering sake, food, agroecology, and Japanese arts and culture. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Toronto Globe and Mail, Food and Wine, and theAtlantic.com. She is the editor of “By the Shore of Lake Michigan”, an English translation of Japanese tanka poems, and has contributed to a number of other books and publications. Holder of three sake certifications, she divides her time between Toronto and New York. Find it on http://nancymatsumoto.com.
John Gauntner is recognized as the world’s leading non-Japanese sake expert. A long-time resident of Japan, he is well known to sake brewers and others in the sake industry. He wrote the Nihonshu column in Japan time for many years before writing a weekly Japanese sake column for the Yomiuri Shimbun, the most widely distributed Japanese newspaper in the world and in Japan. In 2006 Gauntner received the Sake Samurai Award, the first year it was awarded. He has published five books on sake.