Tabemasho! Let’s Eat!
A Tasty History of Japanese Food in America
Your favorite Japanese foods, home-cooked, packaged, or served in restaurants, and how they came to delight the American palate.
Tabemasho! Let’s Eat! is a tasty look at how Japanese food has evolved in America from an exotic and mysterious—even “gross”—cuisine to the peak of culinary popularity, with sushi sold in supermarkets across the country and ramen available in hipster restaurants everywhere. The author was born in Japan and raised in the U.S. and has eaten his way through this amazing food revolution.
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"Full of history, food facts, anecdotes, and businesses he recommends throughout multiple Japantowns in the country, even a well-informed foodie will learn something new about Japanese and Japanese American food, and be surprised by what they didn't know."
—Akiko Minaga, Nichi Bei News
"With the mainstream popularity of ramen, sushi, teriyaki, and other Japanese food staples, it’s hard to imagine that Japanese cuisine has not always been as well-embraced in the U.S. In Tabemasho! Let’s Eat!, Gil Asakawa serves up an engaging look at how Japanese food evolved and blended with the American palate."
"[Gil Asakawa] brings his entire life-experience to bear on everything from the hidden meaning of “Sukiyaki” (the first Japanese song to go to number one in America), the reason Calpis was renamed Calpico and the Japanese obsession with the Kit-Kat."
"Tabemasho: Let's Eat! is Asakawa’s informative and chatty exploration-cum memoir of the sundry Japanese foods he grew up with, mixed with his memories of first encounters with those victuals and his historical research on how many of those foods originated, with some actually reaching these shores to become as American as pizza pie."
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—John Tateishi, National Executive Director, Japanese American Citizens League
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—Midwest Book Review
“Part history, part photo album, part cultural document, part memoir, part language lesson, even part cookbook, Being Japanese American is an entertaining primer on many aspects of the Japanese American experience.”