8 Simple Rules For Eating And Drinking Well In Japan

Rice, Noodle, Fish, a new book brought to you by Anthony Bourdain, is a deep dive into late-night Japanese indulgence. 
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Rice, Noodle, Fish, a new book brought to you by Anthony Bourdain, is a deep dive into late-night Japanese indulgence. 

Anthony Bourdain is many things: author, traveler, chef, eater, graphic novelist, food megamarket namesake, and even book publisher.

The CNN Parts Unknown host's imprint, Anthony Bourdain Books, is joining with HarperWave to publish Rice Noodle Fish: Deep Travels through Japan's Food Culture, by Matt Goulding, co-founder of online travel magazine Roads & Kingdoms.

In his culinary journey through Japan, Goulding covers everything from the most righteous bowls of ramen to the weirdest "love hotels". But the excerpt in today's slideshow concerns izakaya, that traditional Japanese cuisine specializing in small plates and fried bits designed to be washed down with rivers of beer, sake and shoju.

Click away for a crash course in the eight rules of "Operation: Izakaya".