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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (424 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andy Raskin Narrator: Andy Raskin Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For three days in January 2007, the most-emailed article in The New York Times was Appreciations: Mr. Noodle, an editorial noting the passing, at age 96, of billionaire Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant ramen. The very existence of the noodle inventor came as a shock to many, but not to Andy Raskin, who had spent nearly three years trying to meet Ando. Why? To fix the problems that plagued his love life.

The Ramen King and I is Raskin's memoir about how despair - and a series of bizarre adventures at Japanese restaurants - led him to confront the truth of his romantic past, and how Ando became his unlikely spiritual guide. Through letters ostensibly penned to the culinary sage, Raskin reveals a relationship history plagued by infidelity, jealousy, and betrayal. After devouring Ando's essays (with titles such as Peace Follows from a Full Stomach and Mankind is Noodlekind), he sets out to meet the food pioneer - and to discover the secret to a committed relationship. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa Cole | 2/18/2014

    " Interesting book...def worth the read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Samantha Ward | 2/15/2014

    " This is surely the most poignant and least prurient memoir of a sex addict in print. The cadence of the prose is very NPRish--no surprise, since Raskin is a longtime contributor. But there is also a nice Japanese-in-poetic-translation sound to much of the book. I'm not sure I would really like Andy, but I wouldn't mind having a bowl of ramen with the guy (though it might be difficult). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Seth | 1/24/2014

    " I love books that explore random facets of contemporary culture (e.g., Word Freak). And I mistakenly thought that Raskin's book would be a fun memoir about how he immersed himself in the lore of Ando Momofuku and the development/rise in popularity of instant noodles. It wasn't. It was self-indulgent tripe. That said, I realize that I have a bias against the memoirs (and faux memoirs) of the whole [Addiction:] Anonymous crowd. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Annie | 1/12/2014

    " surprisingly touching. "

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