Behind the Sake scenes
Move over whisky aficionados, now it’s sake’s turn to take the spotlight. A 420-page encyclopaedia from Gatehouse Publishing, named SAKE, sheds some light onto the reclusive rice wine brewing community in Japan. Authors Elliot Faber, a Certified Sommelier and Advanced Sake Professional, and Hayato Hishinuma, a SSI (Sake Service Institute)-certified Master of Sake with an SSI Higher Certificate of Sake and sho¯ chu¯ Education, document their travels around the country. They visit a total of 60 sake breweries, 10 sho¯ chu¯ distilleries and five awamori distilleries, and explore the subtle differences in methods and beliefs that affect the outcome of rice wine from Okinawa to Hokkaido. Accompanying their observations are photographs from Jason M. Lang, whose works have graced publications such as Condé Nast Traveller UK and Monocle. Although SAKE doesn’t cover all breweries in Japan, it’s definitely comprehensive enough to serve as a budding enthusiast’s handbook. S$140 - S$350 for the limited edition box set. Available at all Kinokuniya book stores or place your order online – info@ gatehousepublishing.com.