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The Ramen King and I

How the Inventor of Instant Noodles Fixed My Love Life

Andy Raskin - Author

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ISBN 9781101032817 | 304 pages | 07 May 2009 | Gotham Trade Paperback | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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"Mankind is Noodlekind"

For three days in January 2007,the most e-mailed article in The New York Times was "appreciations: Mr. noodle," an editorial noting the passing, at age ninety-six, of Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant ramen. Ando's existence came as a shock to many, but not to Andy Raskin, who had spent three years trying to meet the noodle pioneer.

The Ramen King and I is Raskin's funny and, at times, painfully honest memoir about confronting the truth of his dating life-with Ando as his spiritual guide. Can instant ramen lead one to a committed relationship? And is sushi the secret to self-acceptance?

A true tale of hunger in its many forms, The Ramen King and I is about becoming slaves to our desires and learning to break free.

A "wacky, oddly endearing memoir."
-The Washington Post

"Ramen King serves up enlightenment in a bowl"
-San Francisco Chronicle

"Endearing and compelling [...] therapeutic and enlightening [...] oddly entertaining"
-San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

"Hilarious and often poignant [...] unexpectedly charming."
-San Francisco magazine

"Alternately tongue-in-cheek and sincere, The Ramen King and I proves that, to paraphrase a Japanese proverb, "If man has no ramen in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty."
-FlavorPill

"A hilarious but instructive casserole. ... Readers with hankerings for the zany and life-affirming (not to mention Japanese) will salivate over this book. Serve with Julie Powell's Julie and Julia."
-Library Journal

"Mixing humor and raw honesty, Raskin's introspective journey is inspiring and entertaining."
-Booklist

"Raskin's laugh-out-loud memoir yields surprising insights [...] An engaging portrait of a journey of self-discovery, leading to the liberating knowledge that joy and freedom often come from accepting limitations."
-Kirkus

"Andy Raskin has crafted something much more than a clever and entertaining story. While bringing to life several curiously vivid Japanese subcultures, he sets out on a quest for something deep within himself, and finds it. Great comedies offer us honest-to-goodness meaning, and The Ramen King and I, with emotional depth beneath its quirky humor, certainly ranks among them."
-Arthur Golden

"I ate this book in one sitting. Okay three sittings. What I mean is I loved it. It won me over from the start, and when it wasn't making me hungry it made me think. Apparently I, too, battle against the Fundamental Misunderstanding of Humanity."
--Po Bronson

"To say The Ramen King and I is a memoir about sex and fidelity and instant noodles only hints at the humor and humanity of this wonderful, beautifully crafted book. I couldn't stop laughing, even though it was also sad, in that being-human-is-sometimes-a-sad-proposition kind of way. Andy Raskin has an insider's perspective on male desire and Japanese culture, and a keen eye for the delicate, heartbreaking absurdities of both."
-Ruth Ozeki, author of My Year of Meat

"More raw than sushi...Raskin's journey is bizarre, enlightening, and delicious."
-Pamela Drickerman, author of Lust in Translation


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