Nobu needs no introduction. One of the world's most widely acclaimed restaurateurs, his influence on food and hospitality can be found at the highest levels of haute-cuisine to the food trucks you frequent during the work week-this is the Nobu that the public knows.
But now, we are finally introduced to the private Nobu: the man who failed three times before starting the restaurant that would grow into an empire; the man who credits the love and support of his wife and children as the only thing keeping him from committing suicide when his first restaurant burned down; and the man who values the busboy who makes sure each glass is crystal clear as highly as the chef who slices the fish for Omakase perfectly.
What makes Nobu special, and what made him famous, is the spirit of what exists on these pages. He has the traditional Japanese perspective that there is great pride to be found in every element of doing a job well-no matter how humble that job is. Furthermore, he shows us repeatedly that success is as much about perseverance in the face of adversity as it is about innate talent.
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"David Shih takes on a nearly impossible task in narrating this memoir by one of the most famous Japanese chefs on the planet. Shih expertly handles Matsuhisa's rise to celebrity and his remarkable influence on the preparation of sushi. But even the most skilled narrator cannot escape the cloying and exaggeratedly self-effacing tone of the author whose first and last names are the eponymous titles of fine dining establishments worldwide. He has had cameos in motion pictures and been in business with Robert De Niro for decades. Perhaps it is the cultural differences or maybe it is simply listening to the glorified "Nobu style," but this audiobook in the end strains the listener's credulity. A.D.M. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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