I loved learning about the history of sushi and how the CSA taught its students to prepare it. Very interesting to know its origins.
I don't think narrarators should always mimic every accent of every character. In the case of Zoran, the Australian sushi instructor, hearing a narrator with an Asian accent imitating an Aussie was like daggers in my ears. Other than that, he did a good job.
Yes, it was more than fine.
No. Too academic.
The story sometimes swung from nicely historical to sounding a bit contrived. The whole "rock and roll sushi chef" image of guys banging out rolls, downing sake and hollering "kampei!" (sp?) all night sounded a bit dubious to me.
Just an all around awesome person.
I really hated the writing method the writer used at first. The writer uses a sushi school's students progression through the class to tell the history of sushi which at first I hated and almost skipped this book all together. but he kept giving great history facts and engrossed me through to the end. I love sushi and learned a lot about it from this book.
FYI: I been to several sushi bars since reading this book and love the idea of Omakase which means "I leave it to you." This approach has not turned out very well for me since most of the Sushi Chef's I ran into were Chinese(yes I cannot tell the difference right off between Chinese and Japanese.) They always seemed surprised by this approach and gave me a very american sushi experience. Spicy tuna rolls is something I can get at my grocery store like world market when I go to a sushi bar I want different weird things not California rolls.