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The Sake Handbook
by John Gauntner
Published by Charles E. Tuttle
List price $10.95
Paperback – 254 pages
February 1998
ISBN: 0804821135
Dimensions (inches):  0.58 x 7.19 x 4.50

The Sake Handbook is a compact guidebook to Japan’s national beverage. It is the perfect introduction to the history, brewing, and merits of various types of sake. Just what is jizake, namazake or  ginjoshu? The Sake Handbook answers these and many other questions about sake, and will help you find your way to some of Japan’s most memorable sake establishments.

  • Gives all the information you need to become a sake expert in a handy, portable format.
  • Offers a detailed explanation of the sake brewing process.
  • Reviews over one hundred brands, their labels included for easy identification.
  • Profiles over fifty Japanese izakaya, or pubstyle restaurants in Tokyo and environs that specialize in sake, including maps.
  • Lists specialty liquor shops throughout Japan, with addresses and phone numbers, where you can purchase hard-to-find sake brands. This comprehensive guide to sake includes an A-Z directory of Japanese and American sake with ratings and tasting notes for more than 130 sake varieties. Also included is a directory profiling major Japanese and American breweries, as well as a primer on sake terminology, an explanation of the sake brewing process, and a history of the role of sake in Japanese culture.
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Book Review from Forest Grove, Oregon, March 29, 1998: Best up to date book on sake available! As president of a premium sake brewery in Oregon, I can attest  that John’s book is the best up to date book on sake available. If you are interested in knowing more about sake, then this is the current bible.

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The Sake Companion
by John Gauntner
Published by Running Press Book Publishers
List price $7.16
Hardcover – 224  pages
November 15, 2000
ISBN: 0762408049
Dimensions (inches): 0.931 x 8.62 x 4.94

This comprehensive  guide to sake includes an A-Z directory of Japanese and American sake with  ratings and tasting notes for more than 130 sake varieties. Also included is a  directory profiling major Japanese and American breweries, as well as a primer  on sake terminology, an explanation of the sake brewing process, and a history  of the role of sake in Japanese culture.

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Sake: Pure & Simple
by Griffith Frost and John Gauntner
Published by Stone Bridge Press
List price $7.16
Paperback – 120 pages  pages
September 13, 1999
ISBN: 188065637X
Dimensions (inches): 0.41 x 7.04 x 5.04

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Easy to read and thorough in details and useful information. Sake: Pure & Simple walks you through a history of sake and how this tasty drink is made. Beyond learning about sake in general, the authors provide you with information that you can actually use when in the store (or restaurant). The authors pit themselves against each other at times to defend their opinions and it is a refreshing way to learn about sake.

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NIHONSHUNO UMAI OTONA NO IZAKAYA
Translation: Tokyo Sake Pub Guide
Sake Pubs with Good Sake for Grown-ups

by John Gauntner & Akihiro Yorimitsu
Published by 戎光祥出版 in Dec. 2005
Paperback – 117 pages
ISBN-10: 490090161X
ISBN-13: 978-4900901612
Dimensions (inches):  21 x 14.8 x 1.4 cm

Available directly from John Gauntner at a sale price of $15.00, shipping included. Introduces 40 sake pubs of ambiance, feel and focus. If you ever visit Tokyo, this is all you need. Written by myself (the English bits) and Akihiro Yorimitsu (the Japanese parts). Order your copy from Gauntner via his Paypal page.

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