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Sake Confidential


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Sake Confidential

A Beyond-the-Basics Guide to Understanding, Tasting, Selection, and Enjoyment

An American sake expert takes you to a whole new level of insider knowledge and expertise.

With today's sake drinkers increasingly informed and adventurous, now is the time for a truly expert guide to take you deeper into appreciation of this complex but delightful Japanese beverage, brewed from rice and enjoyed both warm or chilled. And what better mentor than John Gauntner, the "Sake Guy" and the world's leading non-Japanese sake educator and evangelist? 

Here in over two dozen no-holds-barred essays, John reveals "the truth about sake" from a connected insider's perspective. No other book or website presents such a knowledgeable, practical, and concise yet complete guide to sake idiosyncrasies, misperceptions, and controversies. 

Sake Confidential is the perfect FAQ for beginners, experts, and sommeliers. Indexed for easy reference with suggested brands and label photos.

"A superb, easy-to-swallow overview of this fascinating, complex and subtle beverage, offered with pith and clarity."

The New York Times

"This book is not just for sake lovers; it’s a must read for anyone interested in Japanese culture."

The Japan Times

"Sake Confidential is essential reading for anyone curious or passionate about Japan’s national spirit."

Metropolis Magazine

“This is an informative and fascinating Sake book which I highly recommend. It fills a needed niche for a Sake book that goes beyond the basics, but still is approachable by even the casual reader or newbie to Sake. Even those knowledgeable to Sake are likely to learn at least a few things from this book.”

Food and wine columnist Richard Auffrey, The Passionate Foodie blog

"Written in a style that Gauntner's readers have come to know and enjoy: conversational, straightforward, earnest, unpretentious, and passionate."

The Sake Press

"With limited resources available in either Japanese or English, I decided to seek out a higher source, and wasn’t surprised when saké insiders both in Japan and abroad recommended John Gauntner."

Anna Lee Iijima, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

"John Gauntner is a once-in-a-lifetime tour guide and professor wrapped up in an enjoyable and personable package."

Beau Timken, Owner/operator of True Sake, the first sake-only retailer in the United States

"John keeps the material interesting for both total sake neophytes as well as those who have a more advanced understanding of sake. . . . he is able to make even the most mundane facts interesting."

Blake Spahn, CEO, Ty Ku

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About the Author(s)

John Gauntner

John Gauntner

Author of Sake's Hidden Storie and The Sake Notebook, both self-published ebooks, and coauthor of Sake Pure and Simple.

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