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Yasuo Yamamoto – Making real soy sauce

An evening pause: This is how it is done, in the traditional manner.

Hat tip Cotour.

Genesis cover

On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit. If you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and the author gets a bigger cut much sooner.

The audiobook is also available at all these vendors, and is also free with a 30-day trial membership to Audible.

"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs."--San Antonio Express-News


  • t-dub

    This looks fantastic and I found it on Amazon. I’m definitely going to try it.

  • wayne

    thanks for that, you answered my question. (how much does this stuff cost?)

  • Jeff Wright

    If I had Bezos money, I would leave space to Elon.

    Instead, I would give each artisanal outfit enough money in the bank such that the interest alone would prop them up even if times were tough and sales poor.

    I believe some things need to exist for their own sake. The world better and more interesting with them in it.

    Case in point—

    TOMY’s 20 pound die cast Enterprise:

    It looks bleak for a crowdfunded effort.

    Had I had Bezos money….I would have had many of these things made and sold for cheap.

    It would have sold for a loss, yes…and I would have taken a hit.

    But I think that space toys have to be propped up to get kids away from sports and computer games and back outside going “whoosh” with spacecraft to allow their imaginations to grow and get them interested in space for its own sake…the space economy/advocacy needs more warm bodies.

    If I were Bezos—that would be my priority even if it bankrupted me. Not only would I flood the toy aisles with space toys…I’d buy all the pimple popping and wrestling toys and have them destroyed.

  • t-dub

    wayne – Ordered . .. will be here Monday . . . see this space for updates . ..

  • t-dub

    wayne – Ordered, will be here Monday, see this space for updates . . .

  • wayne

    Soy sauce is not my thing, but I do want to know your opinion.

    tangential– anyone here had the ultra expensoid Wagyu beef?

  • t-dub

    wayne – Yes, just had an A5 Waygu 6 ounce rib eye tonight . . . Properly done Waygu is worth the price.

  • wayne

    That, is very interesting!
    I was recently watching some videos on that whole subject.
    (what is the fat content? it looks like it would be 50%?!?)

  • t-dub

    wayne – Fat content on Waygu will vary according to grade. ok, on the soy sauce, it is absolutely, positively, excellent. Immediately upon opening the bottle a beautiful, sweet smell was detectible. The flavor, deep, complex umami with slight floral characteristics. But the depth of flavor, the subtle layers of flavor, is absolutely wild. Having lived in wine country and trained my palate for the last 40 years, I have a pretty well developed set of taste buds. The deciding test though was then sampling some of my old, regular soy sauce to compare. Well, the difference is huge, I mean it isn’t really even a contest. I will never go back to my old regular soy sauce, never.

    I want to thank Bob for posting this video, and I whole heartedly recommend this product. Now taste is subjective, I understand, but I feel most people will be able to appreciate the difference here.

  • David Herr

    I just got mine from Amazon after watching this video, and it is definitely worth it. A little bit goes a long way!

  • t-dub

    All right David Herr! Enjoy! Yes, a little does go a long way, and its thicker than regular soy sauce as well. I still am amazed at the depth and layers of flavors in this sauce. Amazing!

  • wayne

    t-dub / David Herr–
    Thanks for the review!

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