If you stay in Kyoto for at least a few days, "Kyoto Machiya Restaurant Guide" will be a good book to have within ready reach. As the title suggests, all the restaurants are located in machiya, which is a traditional townhouse featuring sturdy wooden beams and lofty rafters highlighted as part of the decor. The book handily arranges these restaurants by district (with maps) and by type of cuisine (several varieties of Western and Asian), so it is pretty easy to find one if you happen to be in any given neighborhood. Most of these places offer reasonably priced lunch menus while dinner prices tend to be higher. In addition to providing meal suggestions, the writer Judith Clancy (a resident of the city for the past four decades) has added a lot of interesting and informative details about her adopted home, about the machiya style of architecture, and about each of the individual restaurants. I found the best way to make use of this book was to decide my general itinerary before going out, then see if I could find any machiya restaurants in my anticipated sightseeing area for the day. If I could find any, I would take the book along with me. Or, even better, you could use your iPhone, iPad or whatever you happen to have to take a picture of the pertinent pages so you won't need to carry the whole book with you each time. The district maps show the names and pinpoint the locations for all places within each area; street and restaurant names are all in conveniently romanized spelling. The main thing is to do your homework a day ahead, so you will have an idea of where you'll be and which machiya restaurants will be most conveniently accessible. If you plan to return to Kyoto sometime in the future, don't forget to bring this book with you for a re-run. Even if you happen to be living there, it would take quite a long time to cover a large number of the places described. But since the book is a very economical paperback, I personally think it is well worth having if only to enjoy the experience of a few memorable meals in an ambiance you'll not readily find anywhere else. Oh, and the directions, addresses (in Japanese in case you need to ask someone to point the way) and contact details are given for each establishment, plus recommended specialties of the house and a general idea of the price range.