Sushi Boot Camp!
Hard to decide who my favorite character was, but I think Zoran -- the rather gonzo Australian sushi-chef trainer. Corson presented the real-life struggles of a whole range of characters with much empathy and charm, and the narrator masterfully gave each of them a distinctive voice.
Haven't listened to other Brian Nishi work, but will look for him again -- he is WONDERFUL at hitting the right tone, capturing a truly crazy range of accents, etc.!
I was glad to stretch out the listening because I wanted to re-connect with the adventure of the fledgling sushi chefs day by day, to savor the story and learn as much as I could...
I teach advanced English to Japanese executives, including restaurant executives, and this gave me so much 'food for thought'. But even without that, I recommend this audio version very highly, to anyone with any interest in sushi, in the global food industry, or in the fascinating culture of culinary training.
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.
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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.
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Quite an interesting read/hear about sushi for a non-seafood eater like myself! Love all the educational facts I get out from the book Love how the narrator split into different accent for each characters. I think I might just consider trying out real sushi!