The Vegan Guide to Tokyo: The Ultimate Guide to the Best Plant-Based Eats in Tokyo and Beyond

Smith Street. May 2023. 160p. ISBN 9781922754196. $19.95. TRAV
Travel specialist Terzuolo’s (Tokyo Vegan Guide 2018) book is a well-researched, succinct guide to navigating a plant-based diet in the city of Tokyo. The guide unpacks the history of veganism and plant-based cuisine in Japan, and it educates readers about the way these types of eating restrictions fits into Japan’s culture. It also demonstrates how Japanese restaurant owners have adapted vegan preparations for more traditional dishes. This book includes restaurants that most-closely follow Japanese cuisine, rather than pointing readers and travelers to more Westernized food options. This creates a more authentic Tokyo dining experience. Highlights of the presentation include a map of some of the famous foodie districts in Tokyo, location-based data such as directions, hours of business, pricing information, and street-view images of each restaurant. A one-page synopsis of the distinctive offerings of each district sets the scene for each location. The book also spotlights images of the restaurants’ cozy interiors and mouthwatering photos of the more popular menu items.
VERDICT This guide will likely make readers want to jump on the next flight to Tokyo. A wonderful book to give to travelers, foodies, vegans, and readers interested in learning how different cultures adopt a plant-based diet.
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