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Oishinbo a la carte, Volume 6 - The Joy of Rice (Oishinbo #6)

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A quest for the ultimate menu! R to L (Japanese Style). "The Joy of Rice" In this volume of Oishinbo, Yamaoka and company look into the single most essential food in Japanese cuisine: rice. Cultivated for millennia, a staple meal in itself and the basis of countless other dishes, rice is an important component not only of the Japanese kitchen but also of Japanese culture. ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published November 17th 2009 by VIZ Media LLC (first published January 1st 2005)
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Louise
The chapters get formulaic, but I can't help enjoying the content. It's hard to believe these comics have been around since the 80s because they're so relevant to the food culture of today. Most chapters highlight the importance of environmental eating, small farms, and mindful eating.

I do wish that the volumes were ordered in original publication order, though, instead of organized by subject because it makes the overall plot and dynamics of the characters really confusing when the chapters are
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Laura
Reading all about gohan (rice) who would think it could possibly be that interesting? I've now got a serious craving for some RICE BALLS!

Rice is taken for granted as an every day food but the way this manga teaches you about different ways to prepare it makes you realise HOW important it is to the Japanese people. However, I was a little surprised to read some sexist comments...Taking how old this manga is I just rolled my eyes and moved along but I can't help but think IF it was written for a
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Lydia Presley
Finally we get back to the root of what I was enjoying in some of the early volumes of this manga. In this volume we learn about Rice (surprise, surprise!). We learn what makes good rice, and bad. Why brown rice can taste so dry and tasteless. What makes a good "rice ball". In addition to these lessons there is another showdown between Yamoaka and his father.. and to tell you the truth, I love these showdowns the most.

As always, the part of the book I've been enjoying the most has been in the mi
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Stewart Tame
Great fun, as always! One drawback to reading these "selected highlights" translations of Oishinbo: since each volume features stories selected dealing with a specific food, the formulaic aspects of the writing really stand out more prominently than, perhaps, they do in the original manga. This is still a delight to read though. The translation notes at the back of the book are, as ever, extremely helpful in explaining things that happened in chapters not appearing in this translation that the r ...more
Rosa
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Suhailah Iskandar
Rice.. the staple to all i guess. Because I'm Asian, rice is part of my life and reading it makes it more fun. Discovery of the varieties of rice & the proper preparations with awesome drawings. I love the fued between Shiro and Yuzan.. Ego level sky high..
Sarah Simmons
My interest in Oishinbo is for purely foodie reasons; slice of life manga holds little interest for me. This being said, while I enjoyed this volume and the wonderful tidbits of Japanese cuisine knowledge, I feel torn. I feel that these eleven chapters, while informative, don't do justice to the totality of Oishinbo. We're talking about a manga that has been running strong (via serialization) since 1983, that has 107 collected volumes to its name...and we're only given 7 compilation volumes. Whi ...more
Michele
Fun, interesting, informative! What more could you want in a Manga! Ok I don't normally read manga but you dangle a delicious dish and I'm intrigued. I'm glad. No wonder more people in Japan read manga than news papers! There's al kinds. I'm already turned off of the news so this is a healthy substitute. Now I know a delicious way to cook scallops, how to find out if I'm really growing and eating organic or looking like I'm. How to tell if my brown rice is organic or has pesticides. I alredy kne ...more
Fresno Bob
my least favorite of the bunch so far, maybe because I'm not Japanese and don't have the cultural affinity to rice. Sure, I like rice, but there is no food that I identify with culturally the way the Japanese do to rice
Sueij
These collected stories are defined by their topic (this book is about rice, for example), but the original manga was told in a different order. The problem with this is that while the food is a unified topic, the relationships in the story (which is a significant part of the story) are a mess. In one chapter Yamaoka and Kurita are barely flirting, and in the next they are planning a wedding. It drives me nuts, and is very hard to follow.

And who writes a book about rice and doesn't explain how i
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Sandi Solis
I liked it. I loved diving into the beauty of and attitude toward Japanese gohan (rice). After reading I certainly have an appetite for more savory dishes.
Becky Frost
Rice, rice, rice - you are my favorite food! Learned so much from this book about properly storing my rice or it will turn to mush when cooked. Rice ball chapters at the end have me so hungry right now that I will be making rice balls this weekend!
Tracey
Apr 07, 2014 Tracey rated it 4 of 5 stars
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graphic novel/japanese food culture. Things you should know about rice.
Mattias Appelgren
The Osihinbo-series is still an interesting and fun way to learn some basics and history about Japanese cuisine. But they tend to get a bit samey, samey to me. As in Yamaoka is always set up in some sort of challenge where he always triumphs with his expert knowledge about Japanese food. Although his father is always there to show him who really knows best.
Felicia
I'm reading these out of order. But the lessons imparted about rice, and what constitutes GOOD rice and HORRIBLE rice is so interesting (and funny). The main character can be a total douche though. I'm looking forward to the next installment!
Emily
One of my favorite volumes. I really liked that there was one really early story; I felt like it helped me understand some things I hadn't been connecting. Lots of great information on the food, too, which is the main thing I like.
Geoff Sebesta
I'm not reading this series in order, because why bother?

It is nothing short of astounding the way their illustration team draws different types of rice and rice dishes. Their mastery of food illustration is subtle and complete.
Erin
Jan 28, 2010 Erin added it
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Another delightful entry in this amazing series. I learned all sorts of interesting stuff about cooking rice sucessfully and am now dying to have rice balls. If there isn't one yet there should be an Oishinbo eating tour of Japan.
Jennifer
The last three chapters on rice balls were my favorites. Like much of the writing, I could practically taste them as I was reading. I've had them before, but now I've got some new combinations/flavors I'd like to try.
AP
My favorite one among the English translations. Absolutely hilarious, esp author's essay about how the various East Asians scoop rice into their mouths during meals.
Giovanna
I loved this volume too, as rice is so important to Japanese life this manga really gave me a better inside on Japanese culinary and non culinary culture!
Dave
Jan 02, 2012 Dave rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
Always makes me hungry. One of the better volumes in this entertaining manga series about Japanese food, with some political commentary as well.
February Four
As someone who likes eating rice, I looked forward to this volume and was not disappointed. The rice ball chapter in particular was fantastic!
Josh
Learn about organic farming and preparation styles! (P.S. The magic ratio is 15%. Read to find out what this is about.)
Neven
A celebration of Japanese cooking, in comic-book form. Very good at 1. giving me recipe ideas, 2. making me hungry.
RogueHireling
So much incredible information about rice and Japanese culture.
Just wish it had a more cohesive story line. =)
Russell Grant
Like the my other experiences with this series, it's an amazing work ruined by presentation.
Anakbabiilang
Makes me hungry. I agree with the rice point, japanese rice tastes the best!
Greymalkin
Manga. Onigiri! The rice part got a little repetitious though.
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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 H
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