What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Volume 1

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From award-winning author Fumi Yoshinaga comes a casual romance between two middle-aged men and the many meals they share together.
     A hard-working middle-aged gay couple in Tokyo come to enjoy the finer moments of life through food. After long days at work, either in the law firm or the hair salon, Shiro and Kenji will always have down time together by the dinner table, where they can discuss their troubles, hash ...

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Overview

From award-winning author Fumi Yoshinaga comes a casual romance between two middle-aged men and the many meals they share together.
     A hard-working middle-aged gay couple in Tokyo come to enjoy the finer moments of life through food. After long days at work, either in the law firm or the hair salon, Shiro and Kenji will always have down time together by the dinner table, where they can discuss their troubles, hash out their feelings and enjoy delicately prepared home cooked meals!

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
08/01/2014
Yoshinaga (Ooku; Antique Bakery) is known for manga about gender drama and foodie culture, themes combined in this lighthearted, slice-of-life series. Top-ranked lawyer Shiro is buttoned up at the office, while colleagues speculate about his private life and age-defying good looks. Actually but less publicly, Shiro shares life, love, and his superb cooking skills with Kenji, a carefree hairdresser. Each episode introduces a situation—Kenji gets jealous of Shiro's clients, or Shiro helps a domestic abuse victim—intercut with Shiro's plans for making dinner. As the issue is resolved, a delicious meal is prepared, and the middle-aged couple rebonds happily. Yoshinaga draws characters with simple, clean realism, exaggerating faces amusingly for emotional moments. Yet the images of food are crafted in fine-line detail, making the ingredients and textures amazingly appetizing. Between episodes, the author provides brief recipes and cooking tips. However, cultural details lack explanatory notes. VERDICT While the recipes would be most useful to aficionados of Japanese cuisine, the story might appeal to anyone who enjoys food writing. Gay concerns surface but not much about sexuality. Up to seven volumes in Japan, the series has garnered award nominations.—M.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781939130389
  • Publisher: Vertical, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/25/2014
  • Series: What Did You Eat Series, #1
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 443,260
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Over the past decade few female comic artists have been as beloved or as recognized for their work internationally as Fumi Yoshinaga. Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1971, Yoshinaga is a graduate of Tokyo's prestigious Keio University. A lifelong comic artist and story teller, she made her perfessional debut in 1994 with her short series, The Moon and the Sandals, serialized in Houbunsha's monthly Boys Love anthology Hanaoto. Since her debut Yoshinaga has penned more than a dozen, with a good number of them having been adapted into motion pictures and animated TV series. Her work on Antique Bakery sent her into international fame and she has since been nominated in the United States for the Eisner Award for her titles - Flowers of Life and Ooku.

In 2009 she was recognized with the James Tiptree Award for her literary contributions covering the topics of gender in speculative fiction in her title Ooku. Ouku also received the Osamu Tezuka Award and the Shogakukan Manga Award.

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

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    Life through the lens of good food

    What Did You Eat Yesterday? is not boys’ love. With a story following the life of two gay men the presumption is an easy one since Ms. Yoshinaga made her debut and has been published quite extensively in the genre. But, anyone looking exclusively for a comic conforming to such conventions is likely to be greatly disappointed. The relationship here is neither idealized nor sensationalized.

    Ms. Yoshinaga has perhaps always had a rather more aware and sensitive style to her work, even when still working within conventions of genre. Her talent is unquestionable and recognized with numerous nominations and awards. So it is not a surprise that What Did You Eat Yesterday? is more down to earth than what many may be use to. The narrative’s charm is the easygoing nature and humour that addresses ignorance even when well intentioned as injurious, and preconceptions that make judgment within both our self and society so difficult to eradicate.

    Nevertheless, food is the real star about which everything else is framed. Unless the reader doesn’t prepare or appreciate good food at all the series would be a bit difficult to enjoy fully. Still, even a novice could easily make something like the homemade strawberry jam featured in this volume. I love to cook so that was my main attraction to the series. I am also familiar with Asian ingredients. So I choose to make the four course meal of oven-roasted chicken, German potatoes with leeks, Tosa-style sesame-dressed broccoli, and tofu and wakame miso soup found at the end of this volume. The menu was indeed not difficult and as delicious as featured.

    All together What Did You Eat Yesterday? is a wonderful Japanese comic combining the sort of features which are not seen terribly often in titles available in English. Just about anyone that appreciates good food and more realistic portrayals of life, if they read much of Japanese comics or not, should give it a chance. I and the person who eats the food I make look forward to more volumes from a superb publisher like Vertical!

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