Book : Le sake, une exception japonaise - Nicolas Baumert (French Version)
Nicolas Baumert is a geographer and offers to read his thesis. A very interesting look at the sake of course because it addresses the technical aspect, but especially the cultural and historical aspect of this drink that mark and organizes an entire territory. Edition Presses Universitaires de France 2011 - 300 pages (in French).
"Sake, a Japanese exception" by Nicolas Baumert takes you on a fascinating journey through the rice paddies of Japan and the well-kept secrets of the age-old sake tradition. The author passionately guides us through the various stages in the production of this emblematic beverage, revealing the subtle, meticulous art behind every drop. Throughout, Baumert explores the rich history of sake, from its central role in Japanese culture to the ancient rituals that surround it. Sensory descriptions evoke the delicate aromas, nuanced flavors and velvety textures that characterize different sake varieties, awakening your senses and sparking insatiable curiosity. But this book goes beyond simple tasting. It also delves into the cultural and social aspects of sake, offering a unique insight into everyday life in Japan through this alcoholic lens. You'll be captivated by stories of dedicated brewmasters, elaborate tasting ceremonies and lively parties where sake becomes the common thread of conviviality. Whether you're a seasoned sake enthusiast or a curious neophyte, "Sake, a Japanese exception" promises a spellbinding plunge into the complex, intoxicating world of this beverage steeped in tradition and innovation. Prepare to be transported to the heart of Japan, where every sip tells a story and every bottle reveals a piece of the Japanese soul.