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The most complete book on sake and sake production ever written in a language other than Japanese! 264 pages for the  knowledge-thirsty
The most complete book on sake and sake production ever written in a language other than Japanese! 264 pages for the  knowledge-thirsty
The most complete book on sake and sake production ever written in a language other than Japanese! 264 pages for the knowledge-thirsty
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Nihonshu: Japanese sake

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Nihonshu: Japanese sake

This project is about translating in English one of the most prominent book about Japanese sake.

What is sake?

For the Japanese, "sake" is a generic term covering all alcoholic beverages, the first of them being "Japanese sake", which the Japanese call "nihonshu" or, administratively, "seishu" (respectively, Japanese alcohol or clear alcohol). Sake, as we conceive of it here, is therefore "nihonshu", a traditional Japanese alcoholic beverage, usually translucent, colorless and containing 15–17% alcohol, resulting from the fermentation of rice. It should not be confused with baijiu or meikueilu, distilled 40% alcohols presented in shooter glasses with suggestive drawings in many Asian restaurants, or with shochu, a (great) Japanese distilled spirit.

Cooling of steamed rice in the "koji-muro", a room where "koji", a mold, is cultivated on rice. Koji is the saccharifying agent in sake: it transform rice starch into sugar and allow fermentation (equivalent to "malting" for beer or whiskey).
Cooling of steamed rice in the "koji-muro", a room where "koji", a mold, is cultivated on rice. Koji is the saccharifying agent in sake: it transform rice starch into sugar and allow fermentation (equivalent to "malting" for beer or whiskey).

The Book

"Nihonshu: japanese sake" original version is the most complete book on sake and sake production ever written in a language other than Japanese. It is the fruit of more than 6 years of research, a season of sake making in Japan and countless exchanges with industry professionals. It was published in October 2016 through a successful crowdfunding campaign and was since featured in Sommeliers International, Taru magazine, etc.

Readers from the 5 continents have enjoyed this book to the point that a reprint was made necessary in March 2017.

Featured in SommelierS International
Featured in SommelierS International

 Other comments from a few readers:

  • "The reference book on Japanese sake" Mikael Rodriguez, Head Sommelier, La Mamounia Palace, Marrakech, Morocco
  • "A dense, rich and complete book that allow you to better understand and become familiar with Japanese sake." Philippe Faure-Brac, best sommelier of the world, RIO 1992
  • "It was a revelation to see this system of fermentation so complex unfold before my eyes." Xavier Thuizat, Hôtel de Crillon Palace, Paris, France
  • "One of the best explanatory book for Sake in the world." Toru Akita, Toji of Sohomare, Tochigi-ken, Japan
  • "5 stars, A bible to always keep by your side, one of the best books on the subject. Treated with scientific knowledge and in a structured way, I warmly recommend!" Adrien Nonameuh Facebook rating
  • "This book is above and beyond what I hoped to find.The informations provided and the level of detail is fantastic."Paolo Tucci, Happy Italian reader
  • "I've devoured the pages like a teenager drinks shots of vodka" Alexis Poitou, french crowdfunding participant

The Project

"Nihonshu: le saké japonais" has been established has a prominent book for sake lovers but unfortunately, only a few speak French!

The author, prompted by sake enthusiasts, gathered a team of sake expert friends (see below) and together they decided to spread the knowledge and translate this book in English.

The Cover!
The Cover!

 The book itself is 264 pages long, contains 21 explanatory figures, 19 informative graphs and 24 handy tables. It cover all subjects, from rice selection and cultivation, water types, koji, yeasts, fermentation, fining, tasting, etc. It is accessible to anyone without prior knowledge of sake but will quench the thirst for knowledge of the most expert sake lovers.

The team

All 5 members of the team are sake experts and judges of IWC sake competition. They live on different continent but meet regularly in different parts of the world to taste sake together!

 

 

 

 

Spoiler alert!

You'll find bellow a preview of the book's table of contents!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

The schedule is tight, but the original version of the book was published without trouble in the same time frame! Help us get it done!

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    Eight signed copies of "Nihonshu: Japanese sake". Convert your wine and beer drinking friends to sake!

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