Sushi

Sustainable Sushi

Something to chew on: If we’re not careful with the ocean’s fish, all our sushi may end up looking … like this. Which isn’t to say that I’m not huge fan of these gorgeous veggie nigiri (which I gobbled up during a stop at Beyond Sushi). Think of it this way: if you go veggie when…

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How Tuna Should be Caught

Below is a clip from a new documentary called Sushi: The Global Catch opening in New York City this weekend. Some of the most touching parts of the film for me were these scenes from a remote fishing village called Oma on the northernmost tip of Japan’s main island, where a white-haired curmudgeon named Hirofumi Hambata,…

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The Global Catch

It’s hard to believe there was a time when most Americans would rather eat a tuna sandwich than sushi. Or watch Ultraman instead of Iron Man. As a kid in the seventies I probably started watching Ultraman around the same time I started eating canned fish between slices of bread. Both were a low-budget half-mechanized sort of sustenance. Japanese…

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Sushi, USA

Cool: the other day Anthony Bourdain retweeted some of my sushi etiquette tips. Inevitable: amidst many positive responses, I got some others suggesting that perhaps such attention to detail was a tad elitist. Irony: I totally sympathize. Food snobbery is exactly what I was hoping to avoid when I decided to focus my book The Story of Sushi on…

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Celebrating Authentic Asian Cuisine

Jump to photo album. We hosted a sold-out special edition historical sushi dinner this week as a sort of “amuse-bouche” to preview the 2012 LuckyRice Food Festival, featuring authentic culinary traditions from all over Asia. At the dinner I gave a presentation on some of the most surprising twists and turns in sushi history–a few interesting pieces…

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Would You Eat a Taco Off a Conveyor Belt? Why Would You Eat Sushi Off One?

It’s official, I spotted the future digs of New York City’s fast-approaching kaiten sushi joint in SoHo, on the corner of Grand & West Broadway, which according to a sign on the window of interrogation-room glass will be opening in February. As you probably know, kaiten sushi is the Japanese term for “conveyor-belt” sushi, and apparently sushi lovers in…

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What Is the Most Difficult Sushi to Eat?

I was recently asked this question. Personally, I might have to go with the futomaki, which translates literally as “fat roll.” Most of the oversized sushi rolls that we eat in America were invented right here in the States. Typically, traditional Japanese sushi is made small. But the futomaki is an exception. It’s usually overstuffed with…

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Sushi Can Survive, and Thrive

With the ongoing tragedy in Japan, people have been asking me if sushi is safe to eat, and indeed, whether the future of sushi as a cuisine might be in jeopardy. Let me first say that the situation in Japan is heartbreaking, and I have many close friends there who I’ve been in contact with…

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