Ivan Ramen

Ivan Ramen Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle Joint

Hardback (14 Aug 2014) | English

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In 2007, Ivan Orkin, a middle-aged Jewish guy from Long Island, did something crazy. In the food-zealous, insular megalopolis of Tokyo, Ivan opened a ramen shop. He was a gaijin (foreigner), trying to make his name in a place that is fiercely opinionated about ramen. At first, customers came because they were curious, but word spread quickly about Ivan's handmade noodles, clean and complex broth, and thoughtfully prepared toppings. Soon enough, Ivan became a celebrity - a fixture of Japanese TV programmes and the face of his own best-selling brand of instant ramen. Ivan opened a second location in Tokyo and has returned to New York City to open two US branches. Ivan Ramen is essentially two books in one: a memoir and a cookbook. In these pages, Ivan tells the story of his ascent from wayward youth to a star of the Tokyo restaurant scene. He also shares more than forty recipes, including the complete, detailed recipe for his signature Shio Ramen; creative ways to use extra ramen components; and some of his most popular ramen variations. Written with equal parts candour, humour, gratitude and irreverence, Ivan Ramen is the only English-language book that offers a look inside the cultish world of ramen making in Japan. It will inspire you to forge your own path, give you insight into Japanese culture, and leave you with a deep appreciation for what goes into a seemingly simple bowl of noodles.

About the Publisher

Absolute Press

Absolute Press

Absolute Press was founded by Jon Croft in 1979 and began by publishing collections of recipes from the UK’s top chefs. Whilst today this seems par for the course for many food publishers, at the time it was a radical move – most chefs didn’t want to let go of their secrets, but they revealed them to Absolute Press and with them we formed many wonderful collections of recipes in these early years.

Book information

ISBN: 9781472911674
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (UK)
Imprint: Absolute Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 641.5952
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xi, 211
Weight: 856g
Height: 254mm
Width: 191mm
Spine width: 24mm