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Ryoko Sekiguchi - Nagori

Ryoko Sekiguchi - Nagori

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Nagori, literally "the imprint of the waves", means nostalgia for separation in Japanese, and in particular, nostalgia for the season that we let go only with regret. The taste of Nagori heralds the imminent departure of this or that fruit or vegetable, until the reunion the following year, if you're still alive. These days, we invoke the seasons as an accounting time. Seasons to be cut up, named, desired or forgotten. And according to what criteria?

This astonishing and delightful little book invites us to discover the poetic and culinary art of Japan, while meditating on the emotions awakened by the seasons and their disappearance. On the fleeting imprint of tastes and flavors on the body and memory, landscapes and literature.

More than six years ago, in a popular bistro in a Tokyo suburb, the chef served the author a vegetable dish that seemed to have already gone out of season. She asks him. He replies: "Mademoiselle, I'm much older than you, and I don't know if I'll be able to taste this vegetable again next year". How many seasons in a year, a life, a kitchen? What is a "seasonal" product? When does it make its first appearance of the year? In which region? How far away can a fruit be said to be "in season"? When is a particular type of fish "in season", and how do we define it?

Readers are invited to embark on a literary, culinary and political journey, and to meet great chefs, delicious dishes and products. From Japan to Rome, via the Villa Médicis where the author was a resident.

October 2018
144 pages
ISBN : 978-2-8180-4661-6

© P.O.L.

Cooking •  Essay •  Food •  Japan •  Litterature •  P.o.l. •  Ryoko sekiguchi

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