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Follow journalist Yamaoka Shiro on a rich cullinary adventure as he hunts for the "ultimate menu".
To commemorate its 100th anniversary the heads of newspaper Tozai Shimbun come up with a plan to publish the “Ultimate Menu”. The assignment is given to journalist Yamaoka Shiro, the protagonist of the series. With the help of a female coworker, Kurita Yuko, Yamaoka starts off on what can only be termed an epic saga to find the dishes hat will go into the “Ultimate Menu”. The subject of volume 1 is Nishon ryori, or Japanese cuisine, featuring stories on subjects like how to prepare a proper dashi (broth that is one of the building blocks of Japanese cooking), or matcha (the powdered green tea used in the tea ceremony), or red snapper sashimi. The subjects of the later volumes are: 2) sake, 3) fish, 4) vegetables, 5) rice dishes, 6) udon, and 7) izakaya or “pub” food.
To commemorate its 100th anniversary the heads of newspaper Tozai Shimbun come up with a plan to publish the “Ultimate Menu”. The assignment is given to journalist Yamaoka Shiro, the protagonist of the series. With the help of a female coworker, Kurita Yuko, Yamaoka starts off on what can only be termed an epic saga to find the dishes hat will go into the “Ultimate Menu”.
|Publisher:||VIZ Media LLC|
|Series:||Oishinbo Series , #1|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's a graphic novel, a cookbook, and primer on Japanese culture all in one. Oishinbo is not your ordinary cookbook. This creative narrative by Tetsu Kariya, takes us into the heart of Japanese culture and tradition using a comic book format. Not content to simply offer your run-of-the-mill cookbook, Kariya begins this epistolary with a family squabble that capitulates us into the world of Japanese culinary art. The story begins when one of Japan's leading newspaper editor's comes up with a great gimmick to build readership. He assigns his top journalist, Yamaoka Shiro, to visit a series of Japanese chefs in order to find the holy grail carte du jour, a.k.a. the "ultimate menu." Early on it is revealed that Yamaoka Shiro is not just any journalist, he is the son of the infamous director of The Gourmet Club, Kaibara Yuzan. The story becomes more layered when we learn that Yamaoka Shiro and his father have a long standing fiery rivalry that complicates the outcome of this venture. Along the way we meet Shiro's cohorts, and a series of chefs who explain everything from the secret of making a good dashi (a broth that is the basis for many Japanese dishes), to the careful crafting of chopsticks. The chapters are divided by course, and each section tells a fascinating story. We learn why a good chef does not smoke cigarettes, how to correctly brew tea, why a simple sushi recipe takes substantial talent to prepare, and that the main ingredient in a tea ceremony is humility. Though the book does not furnish as many recipes as I would have hoped, it fully conveys the unique qualities of Japanese fare; simultaneously taking on the universal conflicts that impact family relationships. This compelling story details the art of Japanese cooking using a clever format that makes one want to, if not try and create the recipes themselves, at least savor some of these delicacies at a nearby restaurant. Quill say: Explore the world of Japanese cuisine and culture, with a side dish of family conflict.
I learned so much about food and Japanese cuisine in particular. Got the whole series. This is a keeper. Couldn't even find them at the local Japanese book store.
The elaborate descriptions of the food and the techniques used to create them make this a highly entertaining story. The characters are interesting and well concieved.
Heard so many good things about this manga.