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Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle Joint
Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle Joint | Ivan Orkin
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The end-all-be-all guide to ramen from Ivan Orkin, the iconoclastic New York-born owner of Tokyo's top ramen shop. In 2007, 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 programs and the face of his own best-selling brand of instant ramen. Ivan opened a second location in Tokyo, and has now returned to New York City to open his first US branch. " 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 candor, humor, 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."
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balletbookworm
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It‘s almost #readathon and here‘s my (ambitious as always) “stack” to choose from. My library holds came in for Ivan Ramen and the first two Jason Aaron Star Wars GNs (a rec from @skrishna 😊). A mix of short things, long things, already-been-started things, and not-started-yet things. Time to get some sleep! 💤 #30daysofreadathon @DeweysReadathon

Suelizbeth "Ambitious as always". Same here. 2y
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sarahmazing
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I'm a little shocked that 1/2 of this cookbook is backstory. The recipes are 👌 from what I've heard. Ivan Orkin is fascinating so I'm not too upset about this book breakdown but still wish it were a little heavier on the recipe side. The pictures are perfect and I'm still excited to try out this book. By a quick scan it's still going to be 5/5.

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BooksForEmpathy
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We have eaten (slurped!) ramen every day of our Tokyo trip. This was one of the best 🍜💕. Not conducive for much reading though - it's typically a very quick meal!

BookishFeminist Yum!!! 🍜 3y
Kirstin Wow. That looks good! 🍜🙂 3y
Yournewfriendsams Awesome! Hope you're having a great time☺️ 3y
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LeahBergen Oooooh! 👅 3y
Kmmsellers Looks delicious! 3y
kristina_with_a_k Is that tan-tan ramen?? 3y
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