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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (November 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142152144X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421521442
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Manga writer and essayist extraordinaire Tetsu Kariya graduated from prestigious Tokyo University. Kariya was employed with a major advertising agency before making his debut as a manga writer in 1974 when he teamed up with legendary manga artist Ryoichi Ikegami to create Otoko Gumi (Male Gang). The worlds of food and manga were forever changed in 1983 when Kariya, together with artist Akira Hanasaki, created the immensely popular and critically acclaimed Oishinbo.

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Manga writer and essayist extraordinaire Tetsu Kariya graduated from prestigious Tokyo University. Kariya was employed with a major advertising agency before making his debut as a manga writer in 1974 when he teamed up with legendary manga artist Ryoichi Ikegami to create Otoko Gumi (Male Gang). The worlds of food and manga were forever changed in 1983 when Kariya, together with artist Akira Hanasaki, created the immensely popular and critically acclaimed Oishinbo.

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The long running manga "Oishinbo" (which means "The Gourmet") is a popular best-selling manga series published by Shogakukan which has been ongoing since 1983. The series have sold 1.2 million copies per volume annually and have sold more than 100 million volumes as of Jan. 2009.

Written by Tetsu Kariya and art by Akira Hanasaki, the series has won multiple awards and has had a successful anime TV series run from 1988 through 1992. And now the series is being released in the United States from Viz Media through their Viz Signature. Because there have been so many volumes, Viz has selected chapters from the popular manga and will separate each volume release by cuisine topic.

So, far the following manga been released:

* Oishinbo A la Carte - The making of food, beverages and utensils
* Oishinbo - Sake
* Oishinbo A la Carte - Ramen & Gyoza
* Oishinbo A la Carte - Fish, Sushi and Sashimi
* Oishinbo A la Carte - Vegetables

"Oishinbo" revolves around the employees of the newspaper Tozai News with its employees commissioned to create the "Ultimate Menu", a model meal that embodies the pinnacle of Japanese cuisine. Both Shiro Yamaoka and Yuko Kurita are in charge of the project and throughout each chapter, the series is broken down to several types of dishes or food related items and how each dish is created.

Meanwhile, his father, who Shiro has had an estranged relationship for years after his mother's death, the world renown founder and director of prestigious Gourmet Club and Japanese pottery creator, Kaibara Yuzan heads the "Supreme Menu" for a rival newspaper. So, both Shiro and his father are known to butt heads many times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lady Maxwell on December 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
I stumbled upon Oishinbo in the neighborhood comic bookstore. The first two Oishinbo volumes I purchased were the Sashimi volume and the Vegetable volume. I liked them so much that I started collecting them all. They are not only fun to read, but they are also very informative. Plus, it makes me really understand Japanese food which makes it even more enjoyable when I eat it.

The Oishinbo Rice volume is the newest of the series and my current favorite. I grew up eating rice regularly, but it never occurred to me how much you can do with rice. Maybe it's because I can't cook, but I was really impressed with all the recipes and all the explanations for the rice dishes created in this volume. This is my favorite volume of the series so far, it left me hungry after every story... but it was worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mika Ono on February 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is such a fun book! Our hero, newspaper reporter Yamaoka Shiro, continues his adventures in the Oishinbo series, this time helping his friends, irritating his colleagues, and challenging his father the grand chef in episodes themed around rice--a topic close to the Japanese heart and essential to its distinctive cuisine. We learn about how the grains' moisture content affects the cooked dish, the importance of true organic farming for brown rice, and the glory of rice balls in their many incarnations. All this while we surrender to the drama created by characters who take their food seriously and laugh at Yamaoka's misadventures playfully illustrated in a manga cartoon format. It's easy to see why the Oishinbo series rose to fame in Japan and it's a pleasure to see it cross the Pacific Ocean to North America.
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By J. Loo on January 21, 2013
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Even though this series is written in the manga style, I learn something new about the history of Japanese cuisine with every volume. There are even 1 or 2 recipes included at the end of each book. Even read in order, the back story of the individual characters is still a bit disjointed and hard to follow. The back stories are not that closly interwoven into the culinary stories, so character devleopment comes in second to food. So, if you are looking for a manga story with food thrown in, try elsewhere. If you want to know more about how the Japanese developed their cuisine and and a bit of their food culture, this short series may do just fine.
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