"Sushi & Beyond" by Michael Booth is a book that I've now read three times. If you love Japanese food, and travel stories, this book is essential for you!
Booth is challenged by a Japanese friend on his belief that Japanese food is bland, and steals all its best ideas from other countries. With his wife and sons (6 and 4), he goes on a journey to taste everything, from Hokkaidou in the North to Okinawa in the South, and everywhere in between. He meets sumo wrestlers, beef farmers, JPop stars, and countless chefs and scientists. He spent three months in Japan and left a convert to the deliciousness of Japanese food.
Reading this book makes me so hungry, and when I go to Japan this summer I'm planning on following in some of Booth's footsteps. I know that I need to experience izakaya (pub) food, okonomiyaki in Osaka (see the picture on the right), and ramen in Fukuoka. I'd also really like to try temple food.