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The first cocktail book from the award-winning mixologist Masahiro Urushido of Katana Kitten in New York City, on the craft of Japanese cocktail making. Katana Kitten, one of the world’s most prominent and acclaimed Japanese cocktail bars, was opened in 2018 by highly-respected and award-winning mixologist Masahiro Urushido. Just one year later, the bar won 2019 Tales of th The first cocktail book from the award-winning mixologist Masahiro Urushido of Katana Kitten in New York City, on the craft of Japanese cocktail making. Katana Kitten, one of the world’s most prominent and acclaimed Japanese cocktail bars, was opened in 2018 by highly-respected and award-winning mixologist Masahiro Urushido. Just one year later, the bar won 2019 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award for Best New American Cocktail Bar. Before Katana Kitten, Urushido honed his craft over several years behind the bar of award-winning eatery Saxon+Parole. In The Japanese Art of the Cocktail, Urushido shares his immense knowledge of Japanese cocktails with eighty recipes that best exemplify Japan’s contribution to the cocktail scene, both from his own bar and from Japanese mixologists worldwide. Urushido delves into what exactly constitutes the Japanese approach to cocktails, and demystifies the techniques that have been handed down over generations, all captured in stunning photography.  


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The first cocktail book from the award-winning mixologist Masahiro Urushido of Katana Kitten in New York City, on the craft of Japanese cocktail making. Katana Kitten, one of the world’s most prominent and acclaimed Japanese cocktail bars, was opened in 2018 by highly-respected and award-winning mixologist Masahiro Urushido. Just one year later, the bar won 2019 Tales of th The first cocktail book from the award-winning mixologist Masahiro Urushido of Katana Kitten in New York City, on the craft of Japanese cocktail making. Katana Kitten, one of the world’s most prominent and acclaimed Japanese cocktail bars, was opened in 2018 by highly-respected and award-winning mixologist Masahiro Urushido. Just one year later, the bar won 2019 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award for Best New American Cocktail Bar. Before Katana Kitten, Urushido honed his craft over several years behind the bar of award-winning eatery Saxon+Parole. In The Japanese Art of the Cocktail, Urushido shares his immense knowledge of Japanese cocktails with eighty recipes that best exemplify Japan’s contribution to the cocktail scene, both from his own bar and from Japanese mixologists worldwide. Urushido delves into what exactly constitutes the Japanese approach to cocktails, and demystifies the techniques that have been handed down over generations, all captured in stunning photography.  

30 review for The Japanese Art of the Cocktail

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    While there are indeed recipes as one might expect in a book such as this, the book is more about the artistry of these drinks. I read an eBook ARC and I can already tell you I did not get the full experience. This is a book to have a physical copy of, a large coffee table book no doubt that will allow one to immerse themselves in the feeling rather than just reading the words and taking a quick look at the pictures. This is a book that provides ideas, history, culture context, it is all around While there are indeed recipes as one might expect in a book such as this, the book is more about the artistry of these drinks. I read an eBook ARC and I can already tell you I did not get the full experience. This is a book to have a physical copy of, a large coffee table book no doubt that will allow one to immerse themselves in the feeling rather than just reading the words and taking a quick look at the pictures. This is a book that provides ideas, history, culture context, it is all around a book that works on multiple levels and the authors are to be commended. The photographs are stunning, the recipes though range in terms of difficulty (some items may be a little harder to find without going to a specialty shop), and some of them the price tag would be EXTREMELY high for. Honestly, if you're wanting this book to recreate the drinks, it may be a bit impractical. It really shines as more of a photobook and cultural study. All around a love letter to the art of Japanese cocktail. Recommended to anyone interested in the subject from a historical/cultural standpoint, but maybe not so much for those just wanting to make their own beverages 3/5 stars My thanks to Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kammy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you to the publisher for advance copy of this book via netgalley! What a beautiful book! I loved the stories and tips through out the book. But what takes your breath away are the images! What I wouldn’t do to be in Japan having one of them right now! A wonderfully beautiful book!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dame Samara

    This book doesn't fool around when it titles itself "The Japanese Art of the Cocktail" every photograph in the book is gorgeous I found myself staring wide eyed at the pictures, with the pandemic I had let my love of a beautiful cocktail fall to the side, as I don't really keep a large amount or variety of alcohol in my house it's not something that has been part of my quarantine. Masahiro Urushido and Michael Anstendig's work makes me feel like this is something that I should be considering, tak This book doesn't fool around when it titles itself "The Japanese Art of the Cocktail" every photograph in the book is gorgeous I found myself staring wide eyed at the pictures, with the pandemic I had let my love of a beautiful cocktail fall to the side, as I don't really keep a large amount or variety of alcohol in my house it's not something that has been part of my quarantine. Masahiro Urushido and Michael Anstendig's work makes me feel like this is something that I should be considering, taking time for myself and working to craft these beautiful masterpieces. But even if finding some of the ingredients in these is impossible their are things that I learned about in here that I will be taking with me into the future, such as infusing alcohol with tea. There are some really mindblowing things in here.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Reviews

    Masahiro Urushido’s The Japanese Art of the Cocktail is a beautiful and fascinating cocktail book. I love the stunning full-colour pictures and the lovely page design. I learned so much about Japanese culture as well as cocktail making! However, this book is definitely not for the amateur cocktail enthusiast as the specialized ingredient lists are lengthy and the drink-making process is complicated and requires specialty equipment. The first portion of the book introduces readers to mixologist U Masahiro Urushido’s The Japanese Art of the Cocktail is a beautiful and fascinating cocktail book. I love the stunning full-colour pictures and the lovely page design. I learned so much about Japanese culture as well as cocktail making! However, this book is definitely not for the amateur cocktail enthusiast as the specialized ingredient lists are lengthy and the drink-making process is complicated and requires specialty equipment. The first portion of the book introduces readers to mixologist Urushido and his background. We learn about Japan’s drinking culture, the Japanese approach to cocktails, what constitutes a Japanese bar, and Japanese bartending styles and techniques. I think this section could have been better written and organized. The cocktails have gorgeous full-page and full-colour pictures. I love the simple but sophisticated staging of the cocktails because it really allows the drinks and their lovely garnishes to shine. The page design and text are also elegant and easy-to-read. The cocktails are enchantingly unique, innovative, and loving tributes to Japanese culture. The recipes are clear, well-detailed, and easy-to-follow. Urushido begins each recipe with a very informative paragraph detailing interesting facts about the cocktail. Some readers might find the descriptions to be lengthy but I learned so many amazing things about each cocktail like the history of its creation, fascinating Japanese cultural titbits, taste, why a certain ingredient is used, as well as what makes it different from similar cocktails. I also love the cool and relevant drink names! The pretty Calpico Swizzle is an homage to the beloved Japanese soft drink, the Goma Colada jazzes up the typical pina colada with sesame paste, and Valley Stream is a vibrant green punch which blends cold-brewed sencha green tea and honeydew-daiginjo sherbet with a variety of alcohols. Throughout every single recipe, you can clearly see the love, time, and effort that goes into the drink-making process. Every detail, from the garnishes to the glassware, is exquisitely thought-out. Many of the recipes also consist of components that are made completely from scratch! There are recipes for interesting things like kinako sugar, white miso crème fraiche, truffle butter-washed whiskey, and yuzu-lemon sherbet syrup. I love the inclusion of a little section on bar snacks. Deviled eggs are livened up with Kewpie mayonnaise and Japanese Karashi mustard while fries are jazzed up with dried seaweed. I also appreciate the guide to Japanese markets in America as well as the section on the Japanese pantry which introduced me to many ingredients used in the book. However, these drinks are not approachable to the beginner or intermediate home cocktail enthusiasts. While there are a few simpler cocktails, most of the recipes are complicated. The ingredient lists are lengthy and require many expensive specialty ingredients. Furthermore, many of the cocktails feature a multitude of steps. I really would recommend this book to a very dedicated and advanced mixologist. However, this book is definitely worth buying for the stunning pictures and the fascinating cultural insight. Thank you to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for this book in exchange for an honest review. 🍹 🍹 🍹 🍹 out of 5 cocktails!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Pergram

    A BIG THANK YOU to Mariner Books for the ARC of The Japanese Art of the Cocktail by Masahiro Urushido, published on June 1, 2021. A beautifully crafted book filled with an abundance of skillfully crafted recipes—eighty in total! The phenomenal photography of Eric Medsker perfectly captures the dedication of renowned mixologist Masahiro Urushido, of Katana Kitten in New York City, to his craft. Urushido is a master in the Japanese art of the cocktail. Although his cocktails are not easily replica A BIG THANK YOU to Mariner Books for the ARC of The Japanese Art of the Cocktail by Masahiro Urushido, published on June 1, 2021. A beautifully crafted book filled with an abundance of skillfully crafted recipes—eighty in total! The phenomenal photography of Eric Medsker perfectly captures the dedication of renowned mixologist Masahiro Urushido, of Katana Kitten in New York City, to his craft. Urushido is a master in the Japanese art of the cocktail. Although his cocktails are not easily replicable, the recipes and photographs presented herein make his art approachable. The ingredients used in these recipes speak to a deep reverence for and understanding of the natural world. The cultural significance of these ingredients and the practice of making these recipes is also conveyed well through the text, providing the reader with a greater appreciation of the sourcing of these ingredients and the skill required to craft a truly superb cocktail. With the ongoing pandemic and COVID-19 travel restrictions, New York City seems as far off as the moon. I would love to one day visit Katana Kitten and enjoy one of these cocktails in person. Until then, this is the next best thing! ★★★★★ From the publisher: The first cocktail book from the award-winning mixologist Masahiro Urushido of Katana Kitten in New York City, on the craft of Japanese cocktail making. Katana Kitten, one of the world’s most prominent and acclaimed Japanese cocktail bars, was opened in 2018 by highly-respected and award-winning mixologist Masahiro Urushido. Just one year later, the bar won 2019 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award for Best New American Cocktail Bar. Before Katana Kitten, Urushido honed his craft over several years behind the bar of award-winning eatery Saxon+Parole. In The Japanese Art of the Cocktail, Urushido shares his immense knowledge of Japanese cocktails with eighty recipes that best exemplify Japan’s contribution to the cocktail scene, both from his own bar and from Japanese mixologists worldwide. Urushido delves into what exactly constitutes the Japanese approach to cocktails, and demystifies the techniques that have been handed down over generations, all captured in stunning photography. I received this book free from Mariner Books in exchange for an honest review. 5 of 5 Stars Pub Date 1 June 2021 #TheJapaneseArtoftheCocktail #goodreads #giveaway

  6. 5 out of 5

    Autumn

    In The Japanese Art of the Cocktail, Masahiro Urushido has created a gorgeous book on how to make amazing cocktails, along with amazing family history and history of, first drinking, cocktails in Japan and what they first were. I loved hearing how he became fascinated with America in his movie choices! Urushido is such a likable guy, and I would love to have a cocktail with him! I think it is neat he told different drinks and what you could expect to pay for them. Not sure I could afford to drin In The Japanese Art of the Cocktail, Masahiro Urushido has created a gorgeous book on how to make amazing cocktails, along with amazing family history and history of, first drinking, cocktails in Japan and what they first were. I loved hearing how he became fascinated with America in his movie choices! Urushido is such a likable guy, and I would love to have a cocktail with him! I think it is neat he told different drinks and what you could expect to pay for them. Not sure I could afford to drink with him though! I will say this, I could not afford to make the many drinks that were new to me, and know where to find all the specific ingredients in my small hometown. They sounded amazing though, and I want one from The Master of the Cocktails! He was right about one thing I know. If you go to a bar that is for mixology, you will be waiting for a while and expect to pay more! Thank you to the author, publisher, and Netgalley for allowing me to receive this ARC for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    KennytheKat

    This book was amazing. To see the different I Ages of the drinks to finding drinks I know I want to attempt making, it give me the full experience of being a Japanese bartender. Although I drink in moderation, I feel like I have a lot recipes to try in the near future that I’m really excited about. If you ever want the full experience of being a bartender this book is a great start. This book is amazing a must read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kassidi. Under The Radar Books.

    I’m somewhere in between DNF,ing or using this eBook as a resource. I wish I had it as a coffee table book as I feel that it how it will shine. As a cookbook, I thought it was more artistic and nostalgic than useful as many of the ingredients and recipes for the cocktails were expensive and out of reach in my location. It was akin to Orpah’s cookbook in terms of relatability. I felt a little in over my head. The vision was there, the artistry was there, execution is missing. I do not recommend t I’m somewhere in between DNF,ing or using this eBook as a resource. I wish I had it as a coffee table book as I feel that it how it will shine. As a cookbook, I thought it was more artistic and nostalgic than useful as many of the ingredients and recipes for the cocktails were expensive and out of reach in my location. It was akin to Orpah’s cookbook in terms of relatability. I felt a little in over my head. The vision was there, the artistry was there, execution is missing. I do not recommend this title. 2 Stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Date reviewed/posted: December 15, 2020 Publication date: June 1, 2021 When life for the entire universe and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, AND the worst sciatica attack in your life means you MIGHT sleep 3 hours a night, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book fro Date reviewed/posted: December 15, 2020 Publication date: June 1, 2021 When life for the entire universe and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, AND the worst sciatica attack in your life means you MIGHT sleep 3 hours a night, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. The first cocktail book from the award-winning mixologist Masahiro Urushido of Katana Kitten in New York City, on the craft of Japanese cocktail making Katana Kitten, one of the world’s most prominent and acclaimed Japanese cocktail bars, was opened in 2018 by highly-respected and award-winning mixologist Masahiro Urushido. Just one year later, the bar won 2019 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award for Best New American Cocktail Bar. Before Katana Kitten, Urushido honed his craft over several years behind the bar of award-winning eatery Saxon+Parole. In The Japanese Art of the Cocktail, Urushido shares his immense knowledge of Japanese cocktails with eighty recipes that best exemplify Japan’s contribution to the cocktail scene, both from his own bar and from Japanese mixologists worldwide. Urushido delves into what exactly constitutes the Japanese approach to cocktails and demystifies the techniques that have been handed down over generations, all captured in stunning photography. First off, what a gorgeous cover photo and book - it is utterly a work of art. As are the cocktails. There is a definite method and madness to the art of this cocktail - I loved the stories and the drinks. There are yummy looking drinks in here for sure but the recipes will not scare off the newbie mixologist: the instructions are clear and concise and you will astound your friends with these creations. This book comes out right in time for wedding season: wrap it up in a tea towel (one can never have enough tea towels) along with some barware, a fine bottle of spirits and it is the gift that will keep on giving for the newlywed. As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🍹🍸🥃🥤🍷

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rivi

    Note: I received this book as part of a giveaway; opinions are all my own This cookbook is beautifully photographed and very unique as a concept. The recipes include both the ingredients as well as the recipes and steps for making certain mix ins and syrups. It provided a lot of interesting backstory, notes, terms, and techniques in addition to the recipes. The recipes themselves are multi-step processes, so this is not your average shaken or stirred cocktail book. The book includes recipes for s Note: I received this book as part of a giveaway; opinions are all my own This cookbook is beautifully photographed and very unique as a concept. The recipes include both the ingredients as well as the recipes and steps for making certain mix ins and syrups. It provided a lot of interesting backstory, notes, terms, and techniques in addition to the recipes. The recipes themselves are multi-step processes, so this is not your average shaken or stirred cocktail book. The book includes recipes for syrups unique to each recipe, as well as flavored salts, purees, and sherberts. The ingredients for the drinks, in addition to those you have to make from scratch (such as the syrups) are unusual to me as an American. The ingredients look very specialized and the recipes a bit complicated for my taste, but the drinks have a novelty about them I do not see in many other places. I personally am not really a drinker, but I love making mocktails and flavorings for non-alcoholic drinks. There are a couple non-alcoholic drink recipes, such as the Haikara Mugicha (p. 171) and the Yuzu Hoppy (p. 172), but the cocktail recipes would not be easily made non-alcoholic (you could not easily swap out the ingredients for a non-alcoholic version). However, the syrups and mix ins are all non-alcoholic and ones I would not find elsewhere, so I will be using those for teas and drink infusions. The photographs are beautiful, the page spreads are laid out in an intuitive way, and the cookbook is easy to navigate and unlike others I've seen before. I would definitely recommend this book for mixologists, cooking and drink enthusiasts, and those interested in learning more about Japanese drinks and elegant sips from a cultured chef.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. The Japanese Art of the Cocktail is a visually stunning and elaborately presented ode to the artistry of Japanese barcraft. Due out 1st June 2021 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, it's 288 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats. This is a really beautiful book. It does include recipes, but honestly it's the gorgeously rendered photographs which elevate this bar book to the ultimate top shelf. Author Masahiro Urushido is the award Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. The Japanese Art of the Cocktail is a visually stunning and elaborately presented ode to the artistry of Japanese barcraft. Due out 1st June 2021 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, it's 288 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats. This is a really beautiful book. It does include recipes, but honestly it's the gorgeously rendered photographs which elevate this bar book to the ultimate top shelf. Author Masahiro Urushido is the award winning mixologist behind the bar and an owner at Katana Kitten in NYC. The recipes are exotic and refined and exquisitely presented. These are -beautifully- made cocktails and the blending ingredients are exotic, colorful, and will be moderately difficult and expensive to source (fino jarana sherry, Hinoki tincture (for which the author includes a recipe), specific plum brandies, and others with which I was even less familiar). Some of the ingredients should be available at any well stocked grocery/liquor store although most will need to be sourced at specialists or recreated by the reader. Cocktails are such a civilized interlude and this book includes a solid cross section of (new and variations on old) drinks to build mixology skills and impress one's friends at the next gathering. Five stars. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hanna

    Katana Kitten is a gem of NYC. This book is such a treasure for understanding the Japanese Art of the Cocktail from an American lens. My friend is a bartender who worked at places of equal bartending status/values as Katana Kitten. I asked him to flip through my book only to declare that it is definitely a good cocktail book. I run all cocktail things by him, as I don't think people realize how devoid of 'true cocktail knowledge' most places are in the US. That being said, if you want to understa Katana Kitten is a gem of NYC. This book is such a treasure for understanding the Japanese Art of the Cocktail from an American lens. My friend is a bartender who worked at places of equal bartending status/values as Katana Kitten. I asked him to flip through my book only to declare that it is definitely a good cocktail book. I run all cocktail things by him, as I don't think people realize how devoid of 'true cocktail knowledge' most places are in the US. That being said, if you want to understand more about Japanese cocktail making, learn some Katana Kitten recipes, and wish to build a home bar of delicious spirits instead of crappy heavily marketed ones, this book is for you. If you're set with your Grey Goose vodka soda, this book isn't for you. If you want to skim through gorgeous photos of innovative, stunning cocktails, pick this one up. This book is a work of cocktail art. I would gladly drink any of the drinks in this book, especially the one served with a cat on top. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for my opinion.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    The Japanese Art of the Cocktail is such a gorgeous book that almost any page could be framed. The authors provide great historical context for some of the drinks and even some more personal stories as well. This cocktail book is not one I would recommend for all home-bartenders though. Most of the drinks are extremely complicated and require ingredients that many would not have on hand, and even some that most would not have access to. There are, of course, methods to alter the recipes should o The Japanese Art of the Cocktail is such a gorgeous book that almost any page could be framed. The authors provide great historical context for some of the drinks and even some more personal stories as well. This cocktail book is not one I would recommend for all home-bartenders though. Most of the drinks are extremely complicated and require ingredients that many would not have on hand, and even some that most would not have access to. There are, of course, methods to alter the recipes should one want to try an edited version of the drink. Even if I can't make all of these drinks at home this book is absolutely wonderful, and now I just want to grab a drink at Katana Kitten. 5/5 Stars! Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for providing me with an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I received The Japanese Art of the Cocktail as part of a NetGalley giveaway. My husband's grandmother was Japanese and has spent time in the country with his relatives; he says that Japan is known for perfecting things initially created by others. This seems to hold true for cocktails, at least, which crossed the Pacific from America in the late 19th century. In contrast to the showy approach taken by many American bartenders, precision and craft is the name of the game in Japan. The Japanese Art I received The Japanese Art of the Cocktail as part of a NetGalley giveaway. My husband's grandmother was Japanese and has spent time in the country with his relatives; he says that Japan is known for perfecting things initially created by others. This seems to hold true for cocktails, at least, which crossed the Pacific from America in the late 19th century. In contrast to the showy approach taken by many American bartenders, precision and craft is the name of the game in Japan. The Japanese Art of the Cocktail explores Japan's unique twist on the cocktails and the flavors and philosophy that dictate it. There are quite a few drinks here, but there's a lot of cultural context as well, which is really useful and illuminating. The presentation is gorgeous, with a clean layout and beautiful photography. Can't wait to break this out for our next get-together.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    A little bit heartbroken that I picked up this book during my Dry January that has extended to present and in the midst of a time where I cannot travel to a good Japanese market (this book lists some!) to gather ingredients. Just an absolutely stunning book that truly follows through on the promise of "art." One of my favorite aspects of this book is the inclusion of bar eats that I can't wait to prepare for friends after entertaining is back on the menu. A necessary addition to any bartending b A little bit heartbroken that I picked up this book during my Dry January that has extended to present and in the midst of a time where I cannot travel to a good Japanese market (this book lists some!) to gather ingredients. Just an absolutely stunning book that truly follows through on the promise of "art." One of my favorite aspects of this book is the inclusion of bar eats that I can't wait to prepare for friends after entertaining is back on the menu. A necessary addition to any bartending book collection that you'll love perusing any time. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an e-ARC of this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    (a)lyss(a)

    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a beautiful and thorough book! There's a lot about the history of alcohol in Japan, the authors experience, and the restaurant. There is a lot of precision and specifics to making these cocktails at home. There's also food recipes from the restaurant menu. The pictures of the drinks are beautiful. The recipes in this book are incredible, but are also more time consuming than standard drinks. It's an interesti I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a beautiful and thorough book! There's a lot about the history of alcohol in Japan, the authors experience, and the restaurant. There is a lot of precision and specifics to making these cocktails at home. There's also food recipes from the restaurant menu. The pictures of the drinks are beautiful. The recipes in this book are incredible, but are also more time consuming than standard drinks. It's an interesting look at unique Japanese food and drinks and what makes them so good.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amber Kelly

    First impressions: A beautiful square book with 288 semi-gloss pages. Plenty of high quality photography, one for each cocktail showcasing the mixed drinks as they should be served. I’m always nervous about cocktail cookbooks because they lack the same beauty I look for in my collection, but this one delivers. My only real critique is that the recipes are less convenient for the at home mixologist. Some ingredients are not as readily available in my Indiana town as they might be in yours so take First impressions: A beautiful square book with 288 semi-gloss pages. Plenty of high quality photography, one for each cocktail showcasing the mixed drinks as they should be served. I’m always nervous about cocktail cookbooks because they lack the same beauty I look for in my collection, but this one delivers. My only real critique is that the recipes are less convenient for the at home mixologist. Some ingredients are not as readily available in my Indiana town as they might be in yours so take that into consideration. Overall is it worth having? Yes! I would recommend it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Honaker

    Enjoyed the personal narrative, but the real star of this book is all the background on Japanese cocktails from the precise ice carving to the minimal ingredients that shine with less adulteration. The photos are stunning and recipes are inventive.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    This is so gorgeous! Can't decide wherever to shelve it with cooking and cocktail books, or art. The presentations of these cocktails are incredible and the photography is exquisite. This will be a show and tell volume for all my foodie and bartender friends. Thanks Goodreads! This is so gorgeous! Can't decide wherever to shelve it with cooking and cocktail books, or art. The presentations of these cocktails are incredible and the photography is exquisite. This will be a show and tell volume for all my foodie and bartender friends. Thanks Goodreads!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura Gorman

    This is a beautiful and unique coffee table book. It has a wealth of information as to how cocktails are done differently in Japan and also all the ingredients and tools that you will require to create your own versions of some iconic Japanese cocktails.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Beautifully written and illustrated, love it!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    Beautiful book with fine prose, instructions and photography. Though not for the average cocktail preparation it is a book worthy of your entertainment or reading shelf.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mariko

    Fun to skim, eye-candy. I'll never make any of these drinks, but I'd love to visit this bar someday! Fun to skim, eye-candy. I'll never make any of these drinks, but I'd love to visit this bar someday!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lacy

    Wow!! Loved this and the photos are stunning!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sara Goldenberg

    it's beautifully written and pictures but it's got a lot of weird ingredients. it's beautifully written and pictures but it's got a lot of weird ingredients.

  26. 5 out of 5

    WorldconReader

    I would like to thank the authors and publisher for kindly providing an electronic review copy of this book. "The Japanese Art of the Cocktail" by Masahiro Urushido and Michael Anstendig showcases drink and food recipes featured at the Katana Kitten, a famous Japanese-American bar in New York City. The recipes are detailed and include informative history, tips, and beautifully vivid photographs. Additional instructions are provided regarding techniques and how to obtain or make unusual ingredient I would like to thank the authors and publisher for kindly providing an electronic review copy of this book. "The Japanese Art of the Cocktail" by Masahiro Urushido and Michael Anstendig showcases drink and food recipes featured at the Katana Kitten, a famous Japanese-American bar in New York City. The recipes are detailed and include informative history, tips, and beautifully vivid photographs. Additional instructions are provided regarding techniques and how to obtain or make unusual ingredients. Perhaps the most important thing that can be said about the recipes is that they all look totally delicious. Before going into more detail, it must be said that while as this is a beautiful coffee table style cookbook that wonderfully covers Japanese-American beverages and bar foods, this book is also an artistic and useful advertisement for both the Katana Kitten and the award winning mixologist Masahiro Urushido. The first 50 pages or so introduces the author, his motivation and influences, along with Japanese drinking traditions and materials. The recipes themselves are split into categories of highballs, cocktails, boilermakers, author's favorites, recipes from friends, and finally bar snacks. Almost all of the recipes are a creative blend of Japanese and American ideas, ingredients, and culture. The book ends with ten pages or so of glossary and recommendations of markets throughout the U.S. that would be useful when making these recipes. Although nearly every drink in this book is a work of art, two of them really appealed to me. I might not be able to purchase a 5,000 USD Toki Highball making machine, but I will be following Urashido's tips to make a better highball. I was also amazed to read about the superhuman efforts required for Urashido's Hinoki Martini. The fragrance of hinoki cypress is certainly magical, and the nihonshu that I have quaffed in the traditional hinoki masu certainly smelled and tasted wonderful, so I am pretty certain that the signature Hinoki Martini must be most worthy. I would like to offer appreciation to co-author Michael Anstendig on his quest to bring Japanese cultural cuisine to the world through his book series. I look forward to reading his future books. Finally, I look forward to my next trip to NYC, when I plan to pay a visit to the Katana Kitten to experience Urashido's beverages in person!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Can’t wait to start making some

  28. 5 out of 5

    CS

    This is a beautiful book. The photography is exceptional. The recipes and tips are easy to follow. I can't wait to impress my friends with these cocktails. This is a beautiful book. The photography is exceptional. The recipes and tips are easy to follow. I can't wait to impress my friends with these cocktails.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Grant Zimmerman

  30. 4 out of 5

    Roba

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