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Chef’s Choice 22 Culinary Masters Tell How Japanese Food Culture Influenced Their Careers & Cuisine

Saori Kawano and Don Gabor

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“When you read this book, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the Japanese culinary system and appreciation of Japanese culture.”

Motoatsu Sakurai, President of the Japan Society

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Top Chefs Reveal Secrets to Culinary Success

In this savory collection of mini memoirs, these culinary masters tell who and what motivated them to become chefs. They describe early career influences, training, favorite Japanese ingredients, tools, and the pivotal role Japanese food culture has played in their cuisine and professional development.

The participating chefs:

  • Nobu Matsuhisa
  • David Bouley
  • Eric Ripert
  • Marcus Samuelsson
  • Michael Romano
  • Lee Anne Wong
  • Michael Anthony
  • Wylie Dufresne
  • Toshio Suzuki
  • Ben Pollinger
  • Toni Robertson
  • Eddy Leroux
  • Nils Norén
  • Yosuke Suga
  • Shinichiro Takagi
  • Suvir Saran
  • David Myers
  • Noriyuki Sugie
  • Elizabeth Andoh
  • Barry Wine
  • James Wierzelewski
  • Ben Flatt

Like no other book, Chef’s Choice explains how Japanese food culture has changed culinary education and set new standards for Western cuisine, professional kitchens, and the modern dining experience.

About the Authors

Saori Kawano Saori Kawano is the founder and president of Korin Japanese Trading Corp. and the founder of The Gohan Society, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the exchange of culinary culture between Japan and the United States.


Don Gabor Don Gabor is a professional speaker, networking expert, and the author of 12 books published by Simon & Schuster, Random House, McGraw-Hill, and others. The New Yorker called Don “a gifted conversationalist.”


Library and bookstore orders contact:

www.ipgbook.com | 800-888-4741

Special orders contact:

don@dongabor.com | 718-768-0824

Media interviews and review copies contact:

mari@korin.com | 212-587-7021
  • October 2015
  • $19.95 / 320 pages / 22 b/w photos
  • 6 x 9-inch Quality Paperback / MOBI / EPUB / ePDF
  • ISBN: 978-1-879834-27-9
  • Publisher: Conversation Arts Media
  • Distributor: Small Press United (from IPG)
  • Available at your favorite book retailers