The Untold History of Ramen: How Political Crisis in Japan Spawned a Global Food Craze

The Untold History of Ramen How Political Crisis in Japan Spawned a Global Food Craze A rich salty and steaming bowl of noodle soup ramen has become an international symbol of the cultural prowess of Japanese cuisine In this highly original account of geopolitics and industrializati

  • Title: The Untold History of Ramen: How Political Crisis in Japan Spawned a Global Food Craze
  • Author: George Solt
  • ISBN: 9780520277564
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A rich, salty, and steaming bowl of noodle soup, ramen has become an international symbol of the cultural prowess of Japanese cuisine In this highly original account of geopolitics and industrialization in Japan, George Solt traces the meteoric rise of ramen from humble fuel for the working poor to international icon of Japanese culture Ramen s popularity can be attributA rich, salty, and steaming bowl of noodle soup, ramen has become an international symbol of the cultural prowess of Japanese cuisine In this highly original account of geopolitics and industrialization in Japan, George Solt traces the meteoric rise of ramen from humble fuel for the working poor to international icon of Japanese culture Ramen s popularity can be attributed to political and economic change on a global scale Using declassified U.S government documents and an array of Japanese sources, Solt reveals how the creation of a black market for American wheat imports during the U.S occupation of Japan 1945 1952 , the reindustrialization of Japan s labor force during the Cold War, and the elevation of working class foods in redefining national identity during the past two decades of economic stagnation 1990s 2000s , all contributed to the establishment of ramen as a national dish This book is essential reading for scholars, students of Japanese history and food studies, and anyone interested in gaining greater perspective on how international policy can influence everyday foods around the world.

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    1. Do you desire to know more than you ever could imagine you needed to know about the geopolitics of wheat consumption in post-World War II Japan? Then The Untold History of Ramen is right for you! I kid a little, but this well-researched history of ramen spends a lot of time in the details of how many kilos of flour and tabulations of household expenditures in describing the contours of the rise of a now internationally famous noodle dish with truly humble origins. Solt isn't the most exciting wr [...]

    2. I had to read this for a random Sociology elective at my college (about Asian culture). It was pretty informative! I know little to nothing about Japanese history, so I learned a ton from this book. It's not the most exciting book in the world (and jumps around a bit), but I also got through it fairly quickly-- so it was still readable. It's definitely about more than just ramen. It includes a detailed history of Japan's political state from WWII on. I'd recommend this if you're interested in Ja [...]

    3. 26 Books Challenge: A book written by a male author. Learned a lot more about Japanese food politics than I ever expected! And I'm now kicking myself for never trying ramen when I was actually there.

    4. Most engaging and eye opening read which filters Japanese socio-economic-political landscape in the 20th century through the yummy lens of ramen. It sounds gimmicky, but works out surprisingly well serving to illuminate changes in Japan's social landscape as the dish evolves.

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