Michael Booth is back. And once again with his family in tow. The British food writer first came to Japan with his Danish wife and two sons in 2008 in a bid to learn more about Japan and its food culture in a trip that took them from Hokkaido to Okinawa in three months. Booth turned their foodie adventure into the best-selling book “Sushi and Beyond.” NHK subsequently turned the book into an animation that’s about as entertaining as watching rice ferment.
With “The Meaning of Rice” Booth sticks with his tried and tested format, an entertaining mix of travel writing, observations and interviews. In between there’s lots and lots of food — and drink — served up with dollops of humor.