Clark Collis
April 29, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Ramen King and I

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Andy Raskin
publisher
Gotham
genre
Nonfiction, Memoir

We gave it a B-

It is a foolish man who looks for the meaning of life in a bottle of booze. But how about a cup of noodles? American journalist Andy Raskin recounts how he made instant-ramen inventor Momofuku Ando his spiritual guru — despite never actually having met the man — while attempting to discover why he sabotages relationships with women. The result is intermittently funny, particularly when dealing with Far East culture. ”If something in Japan takes longer than it’s supposed to,” Raskin notes, ”your watch is probably wrong.” But The Ramen King and I is, appropriately if disappointingly, a fairly forgettable literary snack rather than a memorable meal. B?

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