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Product Details

  • Series: Kitchen Princess (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (January 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345496205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345496201
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Najika is an aspiring young chef with a flawless sense of taste and a heart of gold. Orphaned at a young age, Najika gravitated toward cooking out of her desire to find her "prince," the mysterious boy who touched her heart and brought light into her life shortly after her parents' death. The only clue to his identity is a silver spoon, which leads Najika to the prestigious Seika Academy, where she faces many challenges on her quest for happiness. Kitchen Princess uses many plot techniques traditionally found in shojo stories. Najika is cast as the lonely heroine, rejected and often humiliated by her peers, while two princes, brothers Sora and Daichi, both dote on her in their own ways. However, where many stories often take a fantastical twist, giving the heroine some kind of magical power that sets her apart, Kitchen Princess continues to develop Najika's cooking abilities, which she uses to reach out to her classmates. This adds a spicy twist to the story, making an old recipe feel fresh and tasty. Ando's art style is romantic and whimsical, making for a delicious start to Najika's story. (Feb.)
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The main character is nice and loves to cook.
Chloe
On my own, I'm cooking all the recipes as I read my way through the books.
K. Diltz
I must have re-read just this first volume over 20 times!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ada Montgomery on February 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Amazon review covered the plot really well so I'm just going to give some of my impressions after reading. Alright, I picked up Kitchen Princess unsure of what to expect and ended up being really happy I purchased it! KP may rely on some typical shoujo plot devices, but it still manages to feel fresh and cute. The emphasis on cooking was great. Najika uses her kitchen skills to make others happy in a sweet, non-sappy way. The art was fitting for the story. I personally enjoy Natsumi Ando's style. Her characters are all attractive with a wide range of expressions and poses. The backgrounds are well- rendered and are more detailed then I've seen in other shoujo lately. And the food looked delicious ^_^

Del Rey hasn't done a lot of (if any) shoujo, so I was really happy to see them publish this. The translation reads nicely and I didn't spot any obvious spelling errors. In the back they included their standard translators notes and a preview for volume 2. Also included in the back of the book are recipes! You can find out how to make all the tasty treats Najika made.

In the end, Kitchen Princess was a really enjoyable book. If you like shoujo, KP is a great title to add to you collection. It's cute with good art and a lot of promise for future volumes (I can't wait to find out who her prince is!).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By strawheart on September 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
From the title and the cover, I thought this was going to be some socially backwards Stepford-wife-in-training manga. I was wrong. In actuality, the story is about an orphan girl who discovers her extraordinary talent for taste and cooking. In some cases she proves herself as good if not better than professional chefs of Tokyo.

The story emphasises the meaning of having a strong and compassionate heart, caring for others, and selflessness. From making colorful soda for others on a hot day, to baking a pie for a friend with an eating disorder, KP touches alot of bases with food :) Great manga. I recommend it for all ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Diltz on November 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
I love this series. As a mom, I was looking for a Manga series that I could feel good about my 13 year old daughter reading. The heroine of the series is a plucky girl who overcomes adversity with cooking ! I love the art work and story line. The characters are charming and grow as the series progresses.

I like the author's emphasis on healthy food and taking care of yourself, while making food fun too. Together my daughter and I have made some of the recipes in the back of the book. On my own, I'm cooking all the recipes as I read my way through the books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By demon1001 on October 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
You want to know the summary, read Amazon. These are my own feelings.

This series is a nice addition to the world of shojo. Najika's warm personality doesn't go too overboard (she has moments of frantic energetic-ness and even poutiness), making her a fun, relatable heroine. Both love interests are worthy of our heroine's affections, and her rival is interesting and multi-dimensional as well.

In this series, the author has created a multi-dimensional world just off the beaten path of reality. The cooking motif really glues the story together nicely, and it's not played off as a "females belong in the kitchen" sort of thing: Najika really loves to cook and has a purpose for her cooking.

Beautifully illustrated (same manga-ka as Zodiac P.I.) and easy to follow. If you want something warm and sweet and undeniably shojo, grab Kitchen Princess.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
I found Kitchen Princess at a bookstore and just picked it up, you know, to just skim through it. I didn't expect much out of it at all. However, when I saw some of the artwork, I was really captivated and decided to buy it. Najika is an orphan in Hokkaido. When she was little, this one boy saved her and gave her a flan, but then left her. She starts going to a new school where she thinks he is. She's really good at cooking. I liked the recipes at the back and I did use some of them. The plot is sort of weak, but I don't like to think too much so I liked it. I appreciated Najika because she really cares about people, even the ones who are mean. It's a sort of average story, but something about it tells me otherwise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Crowther on March 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
When I borrowed this book from a friend, it turned out to be better than I thought. It contained a good story and a few pages of great recipes (I made the non-acoholic Cinderella for my friends from the recipe in this book).
It's a shame that it's only 10 volumes long. They should make a whole recipe book with all of the items in it for all the Kitchen Princess fans out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Johnson on December 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read this series on a whim; I was really into cooking at one point. It is cute and fun, just pure enjoyable reading. I was delighted to find out that there are even recipes for what she makes in the back! I am totally going to try them.

Najika reminded me a lot of the Fruits Basket character Tohru Honda, having a love of life and everyone/everything around her even though tragedy has clouded her past. Najika is selfless and always that first one to offer a helping hand.

I also like how this manga has a direction of where it is going and a direction for the characters to take. They know what path they want to go and what goals they are searching for. It is one of those manga stories that seems to be really inspirational to me and inspires me to go and try to find out what I want to do with my life.
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