The Meaning of Rice

Psychologies writer Michael Booth invites us all to dinner to celebrate his new book and adventures in Japan

by Psychologies

Named as the ‘next Bill Bryson’ by the New York Times and quoted by Barack Obama in a recent speech, Michael Booth also writes for Psychologies and we’re delighted he’s coming to London to next week to talk about his new book: The Meaning of Rice, And other tales from the belly of Japan. (Jonathan Cape, £14.99)

Michael will be making us laugh and inviting us to sit down to dinner with him in London where he’ll talk about his epic journey across the length of Japan to explore ‘its dazzling food culture.’ 

Often venturing far off the beaten track, Michael and his family discover intriguing future food trends and meet a fascinating cast of food heroes, from a couple lavishing love on rotten fish, to a chef who literally sacrificed a limb in pursuit of the ultimate bowl of ramen, and a farmer who has dedicated his life to growing the finest rice in the world… in the shadow of Fukushima. They dine in the greatest restaurant in the world, meet the world champion of cakes, and encounter wild bears.

Michael is invited to judge the world sushi championship, ‘enjoys’ the most popular Japanese dish you have never heard of aboard a naval destroyer, and unearths the unlikely story of the Englishwoman who helped save the seaweed industry!

Join Psychologies Editor Suzy Greaves and author Michael Booth next week at Anzu restaurant in London. To book, click here. 

Photograph: iStock

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