The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy

The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy by Sasha Issenberg 1592402941 9781592402946
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From the sea to your plate, the first international tour of sushis journey in the global marketplace One generation ago, sushis narrow reach ensured that sports fishermen who caught tuna in most of the world sold the meat for pennies as cat food. Today, the fatty cuts of tuna known as toro are among the planets most coveted luxury foods, worth hundreds of dollars a pound and capable of losing value more quickly than any other product on earth. So how has one of the worlds most popular foods gone from being practically unknown in the U.S. to being served in towns all across America, and in such a short span of time? Sushi aficionados and newcomers alike will be surprised to learn the true history, intricate business, and international allure behind this fascinating food. A riveting combination of culinary biography, behind-the-scenes restaurant detail, and a unique exploration of globalizations dynamics, journalist Sasha Issenberg traces sushis journey from Japanese street snack to global delicacy. THE SUSHI ECONOMY takes you through the stalls of Tokyos massive Tsukiji market, where the auctioneers sell millions of dollars of fish each day, and to the birthplace of modern sushi--in Canada. He then follows sushis evolution in America, exploring how it became LAs favorite food. Youre taken behind the sushi bar with the chef Nobu Matsuhisa, whose distinctive travels helped to define the flavors of global sushi cuisine, and with a unique sushi chef blazing a path in Texas. Issenberg also delves into the complex economics of the fish trade, following the ups and downs of the hunt for bluefin off New England, the tuna cowboys on the southern coast of Australia who invented theart of tuna ranching, and uncovering the mysterious underworld of pirates, smugglers, and the tuna black market. Few businesses reveal the complex dynamics of globalization as acutely as the tunas journey from the sea to the sushi bar. After traversing the pages of THE SUSHI ECONOMY, youll never see the food on your plate or the world around you quite the same way again.

Author: Sasha Issenberg

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 352

Publisher: Gotham

Publication Date: 2007-05-03


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