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OISHINBO: JAPANESE CUISINE: A la Carte Paperback – January 20, 2009
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series or the TV anime version in English, and now we finally have this excellent manga in English.
Everything about this series, from the careful attention to high quality Japanese 'washoku' cooking to the contentious enmity between Yamaoka and his father Kaibara, make this one of the most enjoyable manga series aimed at adults out there.
That said, I do have just one complaint. Each English language volume is a "best-of" series.
With dozens of volumes published in Japan,
and the unwillingness of most Americans to invest in any series consisting of such a large collection, I can understand Viz's choice of going "a la carte," though the first volume should have reproduced the
original Japanese first volume of Oishinbo since it introduced the cast, prepared readers for the quest to find the ultimate menu, and introduced
readers to the father/son conflict between Yamaoka and Kaibara.
Despie my complaint, I'm happy to see even parts of this series finally in English and hope you all find each volume as rewarding a read as I do.
Let's hope Cartoon Network's Adult Swim takes notice and brings over the anime series :-)
Now, go order this book!
This is a very "meaty" manga. All puns aside, it has a definite message and carries a fascinating look at the Japanese culture and cuisine - which are very closely intertwined.
We follow the story of a father and son who have had a feud with one another. Both are Japanese chefs in their own right, the son being more of an amateur learning and the father one of the finest in the country. They repeatedly run into one another causing much drama, which is hilarious and perfect and really gives the story a lot more character.
The artwork for the characters is fairly typical, from my limited experience in manga. It's not quite as beautiful as some others that I've seen but the drawing of the food is so precise and delicate, I could almost taste it.
If this is your first Manga, be prepared to read it a little differently. You being at the end of the book and read from right to left, rather from left to right. It took me a few pages of getting used to, but I adapted well and enjoyed reading the story so much I forgot how I was reading it.
Through this first volume I've learned the correct method of cutting fish to several ways of serving seabream, learned how the food should be enjoyed, how chopsticks are made and why they are such a valued cultured item. I've learned how rice should be made and that it is a delicate, difficult task to make it well.
There were a few moments in this volume that really spoke to me.Read more ›
There reaches a point in your development when you're no longer just an otaku young adult, and you can get sick of continuous fantasy battles and power beams and magic etc etc... Oishinbo manages to retain the exciting elements of Manga with more real world content - food, drink, opinion and criticism. It's like a lively debate with your friends over the dinner table on the best food and restaurants
This collection covers the 'basics' of Japanese cuisine, including sashimi, tea and table manners as well as giving some background as to the feud between the protagonist and his father.
Each book also contains a recipe or menu item that is featured in one of the stories, and a personal article from the writer, both of which add to the context of the stories and add to your enjoyment. This edition contains two intriguing sashimi styles I can't wait to try.
Each story informs and entertains. I'm a devoted collector.
This book will certainly appeal to foodies first and foremost. Whether you have a detailed understanding of Japanese cuisine or are a neophyte curious to learn more there is much to be gleaned within for both parties. Do not be turned off just because of its comic format, at 276 pages this book is information dense and you may be surprised to discover the efficiency of the medium in presenting its subject matter.
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This comic actually turned out pretty fun to read. You learn quite a lot about Japanese cuisine and culture while also following the main characters solve dilemmas (food related,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jennifer
This manga collects some serialised issues on how to appreciate Japanese cuisine. There appears to be some on-going storyline between a father and son rivalry on matters of cuisine... Read morePublished 13 months ago by danny boy
Great story, interesting recipes, good knowledge about Japanese culture. I do recommend!Published 18 months ago by marstf
Reading this makes me want to rush out to a Japanese restaurant. Also makes me want to be a better person - to strive for perfection, give more attention to detail, and master my... Read morePublished 19 months ago by eckw
I thought I would learn more about Japanese food and drink from this volume. But it's a compilation of serial publications, and gets repetitive pretty quickly -- both the art and... Read morePublished on April 5, 2014 by Marc Poirier
I came across this through Amazon and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm only on the second volume now, Sake, and think I'm hooked. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Nicholas J. Stoneman