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This front matter section of the book Slurp! A Social and Culinary History of Ramen - Japan's Favorite Noodle Soup presents the table of contents, preface, a note on transliteration, the list of figures, and a map of Japan. A bowl of ramen noodle soup is not merely a wad of noodles served in a flavorsome broth with a variety of toppings and seasonings: it is also a microcosm of East Asian history, and as such a most delicious amalgamation of lowbrow and highbrow. Writing about ramen opens up a unique perspective on the history of Japan, and researching ramen has allowed the author to combine the pleasures of the table (or ramen shop) with the joy of examining the past.

Keywords: Japan; ramen noodle soup

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