"The Sake Handbook" is the foremost guide to the history, brewing, and distinctive flavors of sake. Just what are "jizake, namazake" and "ginjoshu"? "The Sake Handbook" answers all these questions and many more about sake wine, and will help you enjoy Japan's national beverage in style. Author John Gauntner is recognized as the world's leading non-Japanese sake expert. A longtime Japan resident, he is well known among sake brewers and others within the sake industry. He wrote the Nihonshu Column in the Japan Times for many years before writing a weekly column on sake in Japanese for the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan's and the world's most widely distributed Japanese newspaper. In 2006, John received the Sake Samurai award. He has published five books on sake including "Sake Confidential" This sake book features: This new edition has been completely revised and updatedGives you all the information you need in an handy, portable formatOffers a detailed explanation of the sake brewing processReviews over a hundred sake brands, with illustrations of their labels for easy identificationProfiles over 50 Japanese izakaya or pub-style restaurants in Tokyo and the surrounding environsLists specialty shops in Japan where you can purchase hard to find Japanese wine brandsLists specialty retailers in the United States and elsewhere"