Sakepedia: A Non-Traditional Guide to Japan's Traditional Beverage
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About the Author
As modern palates get progressively more adventurous, sake is having its moment. But as beloved as the beverage is in its native Japan, it's frequently misunderstood in the rest of the world. Author Jeff Cioletti, a certified international Kikisake-shi--a fancy term for "sake sommelier"--presents a comprehensive guide to sake that both celebrates and demystifies the traditional Japanese drink.
Jeff takes readers from the United States to Japan and back, exploring sake's role through centuries of history, as well as the artisanal process and natural ingredients necessary for crafting this venerable beverage. And, the author presents his own unpretentious, uncomplicated tasting notes on a wide range of world-class brands--appealing to beer, wine and cocktail drinkers looking for new flavor experiences.
Whether you're mildly curious, a connoisseur or somewhere in between, SakePedia is the no-nonsense companion you need on your sake journey.
"If you've always harbored a suspicion that there was more to sake than the bottles gathering dust on store shelves or what was served to you at a cut-rate restaurant, you're right. Thankfully Jeff Cioletti is here to explain what goes into this hearty and happily complex drink. From the traditional processes to how you can best enjoy each sip, Cioletti, an internationally recognized drinks authority is here to guide you." --John Holl, author of Drink Beer, Think Beer: Getting to the Bottom of Every Pint
"With SakePedia, Jeff Cioletti distills his deep sake knowledge into a scrutable guide that even newbies will find accessible and upretentious. Referencing geography, agriculture, and history, SakePedia equips readers for their own journey into sake's varied flavors." --Kate Bernot, The Takeout
"Jeff Cioletti does justice to sake's long history in Japan before turning to production methods, tasting notes, and the inside-baseball know-how to keep you in the good graces of the artisanal sake crowd."--Foreword Reviews