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Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle Joint

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #4 in Japanese

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Pros: Articulate, engaging writing with colorful memoir

Cons: Not as much cookbook as treatise on a few dishes

Ivan Ramen

by Ivan Orkin (Author) with Chris Ying (Author)

Reviewed by Jim Berman

 

Ivan Orkin wrote a cookbook as much as he penned a piece on motivation. He wrote about the nuance of subtle, nearly unperceivable flavor as much as he composed a book on survival.  He wrote a lesson for cooks as much as he scribed a lesson for living. Ivan Ramen is a timely prescription for bringing refreshing energy into the kitchen; learning about patience; grabbing the cojones of adversity and creating opportunity. From Long Island to the audaciousness of opening a Ramen noodle shop in Tokyo, Orkin recounts his odyssey with colorful acumen, droll narratives and cunning detail.

 

The first near-hundred pages are autobiographical. And Orkin has something to say. How could he not? He was on the other side of the world with a vision, a proverbial hole in his heart and a mission… no… a dream (yes, I said it!) to get his obsession successfully launched into the material world. Orkin forays into his early relationships with family and food, his meandering kitchen creativity through and outside of Japan, as well as culinary school. Appreciatively, he gives due page space to his creative process and approach to mastering ramen. And if Orkin’s diatribe on consumption doesn’t suffice, David Chang’s foreword offers his, albeit aggressive and colorful, take on what to expect when feeding ramen to Americans, on the eve of Orkin’s opening a New York installation of Ivan Ramen.

 

The depth and breadth of his signature ramen recipe is a mind-scrambling, facet-sickening, anal-retentive, absurdly grotesque conflagration of beautiful attention to detail that you will probably never unearth. Hefting in at over 30 pages (including pictures) with visual primer, the prescription for his Shio Ramen is, by Orkin’s admission, nearly impossible to replicate for most of us. Orkin masterfully lays out the recipe for modestly novice cooks with patience. He does a great job of ordering the mise en place and then layering the recipe into components to build the final dish. Why impossible? The availability of ingredients is not quite what it needs to be unless you are in, say, Japan. There are myriad recipes for other options and variations on ramen, as well as yakisoba and a smattering of sides and desserts.

 

If you pick up Ivan Ramen and never venture into the recipe portion, you will be satiated with a worthy dose of good writing, life-lessons and witty tales of adventure, leaving you full of ramen in both psychology and good feelings.

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Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle Joint
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The end-all-be-all guide to ramen from Ivan Orkin, the iconoclastic New York-born owner of Tokyo's top ramen shop. In 2007, Orkin, a middle-aged Jewish guy from Long Island, did something crazy. In the food-zealous, insular megalopolis of Tokyo, Ivan opened a ramen shop. He was a gaijin (foreigner), trying to make his name in a place that is fiercely opinionated about ramen. At first, customers came because they were curious, but word spread quickly about Ivan’s handmade noodles, clean and complex broth, and thoughtfully prepared toppings. Soon enough, Ivan became a celebrity—a fixture of Japanese TV programs and the face of his own best-selling brand of instant ramen. Ivan opened a second location in Tokyo, and has now returned to New York City to open his first US branch. Ivan Ramen is essentially two books in one: a memoir and a cookbook. In these pages, Ivan tells the story of his ascent from wayward youth to a star of the Tokyo restaurant scene. He also shares more than forty recipes, including the complete, detailed recipe for his signature Shio Ramen; creative ways to use extra ramen components; and some of his most popular ramen variations. Written with equal parts candor, humor, gratitude, and irreverence, Ivan Ramen is the only English-language book that offers a look inside the cultish world of ramen making in Japan. It will inspire you to forge your own path, give you insight into Japanese culture, and leave you with a deep appreciation for what goes into a seemingly simple bowl of noodles.

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AuthorIvan Orkin Chris Ying
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