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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  147 ratings  ·  34 reviews
There is a Japanese saying that goes, "Hana yori dango," or "dumplings over flowers." And no one is more of an advocate of this adage than mangaka Y-naga, a woman whose life revolves around her intense work and equally intense sleep schedule. The only thing that can rouse her out of this infernal cycle of deadlines and being dead to the world? Food. As Y-naga and her frien ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by Yen Press (first published 2005)
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Seth Hahne
Not Love but Delicious Foods Makes Me So Happy by Fumi Yoshinaga

I recently wrote about Kingyo Used Books and how much I wanted to really like the series but found myself constantly disconnected by its references to comic book series that not only had I never read but series that were entirely unavailable to me as a reader on American shores. The book was amusing enough but there was no real point of contact with the characters as they have their lives affected in meaningful ways by manga. Certainly I can understand that a book might offer some catharsis or
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Beth
As a huge fan of Yoshinaga-sensei, particularly her food-oriented Antique Bakery, I simply had to get this book. It does not disappoint.

The characters are amusing and varied, the descriptions of foods from each restaurant explored in the manga are worthy of the best restaurant critics, and the art is lively and detailed.

I have to wonder about the usual disclaimer that the characters are not based on real people. I like to think that at least a few of the details about "Y-naga" reflect the manga-
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Ann
Funny and just a touch sad, this manga is a great slice of the mangaka's life. Each chapter of the manga is a time she and her foodie friends go out to eat, with reviews and recommendations. But what really brings it to life are the little hints into Yoshinaga and her friends' lives. Tiny tidbits squeezed between food descriptions really make them into three dimensional people that you want to see do well and find happiness.
Nadine
No, sorry, not for me.

At first, I thought it was really charming, love the drawings, the play between the caricature and more realistic images, and the food, of course! There is a lot to love in that book, if this is what you like.
But after the 6th chapter, I was done. It gets so repetitive…
All the chapters follow the same pattern, and All the food is always delicious.
That conversation repeat in each chapter of the book.
-This is so good! and this is so good, and this is so good!
-Right?

The slic
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Mike
Not Love But Delicious Foods Make Me So Happy follows the main character and her friends as they visit their favorite Tokyo restaurants. The restaurants are all real and the focal point of each ten page chapter is essentially a review of the food. I say "essentially" because since these are all places the author obviously recommends the chapters are more incredibly detailed descriptions of various dishes than reviews. A wide variety of cuisines are represented in the fifteen chapters.

I wanted to
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Selena
This manga is food porn, and excellent manga food porn at that.

For those who don't know what food porn is, here's the definition according to wikipedia:

Food porn is a glamourized spectacular visual presentation of cooking or eating in advertisements, infomercials, cooking shows or other visual media, foods boasting a high fat and calorie content, exotic dishes that arouse a desire to eat or the glorification of food as a substitute for sex.

Basically, it shows a lot of very tasty looking food, go
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Dorothea
This was my birthday present to my best friend, who is currently single and definitely loves delicious food. Of course I borrowed it back and read it myself.

I am not a foodie, at all, and I am also a vegetarian, so it was kind of strange for me to read this. I will never eat most of the foods described, because most of them are seafood or pork or something like that. Apart from the desserts, the only food described that I really wanted to try was a bagel sandwich! I can only imagine that it must
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Hayley Farr
This manga is an interesting and cute character study, but overall I felt like it was really lacking in story in a lot of areas. The reader starts to get a feel for Y-naga and all of her quirks, and as we start to feel like a story is developing with her desire to get married, her roommate moving out, etc, etc, the manga abruptly ends. Granted the overall point of the manga appears to be introducing and commenting on a variety of popular restaurants, I couldn't help but feel like I would have pr ...more
Hardian
Again, Fumi Yoshinaga is a good writer. In Not Love But Delicious Food, Yoshinaga sensei acted as a culinary tour guide, just, a lovely awkward one.
Now it'll be rather hard for me to fairly judge slice-of-life stories as Yoshinaga's interpretation of slice-of-life is, I'd like to call it, genius. That's when I see how many other slice-of-life stories either fail to bring out the simplicity or show the mildly visible depth, Yoshinaga sensei's slice-of-lives had them both effortlessly.
Vicki
If you liked Oishinbo you'll probably get a kick out of this. Mangaka Fumi Yoshinaga gives a glimpse into a version of her everyday life via a lead character called 'Y-naga', and a group of friends with similarly badly hidden fake names. I get the feeling the book is written loosely based on herself and her friends, with some details tweaked or embellished to make a better story (tho I have no idea if that is really the case).

Anyway, the meat of the book is based around visiting their favourite
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Laura
I, also, would prefer dumplings over flowers. The food is drawn to look delicious and the descriptions are wonderful and it makes me want to plan a culinary trip to Japan despite the fact that I do not really like fish and there is barely anything in the manga that I would probably be tempted by in real life! I definitely connected with the idea that Y-naga spends most of her waking life thinking about food and it kind of owes her. I am also sympathetic to the idea that she dumped a guy because ...more
Kayano
La sinopsis pintaba muy bien. Hay alguna situacion divertida y ya esta. No hacen mas que hablar de comida y ya esta. Hay un hilo conductor de la historia mas o menos pero el final no es final porque no pasa nada. No lo recomiendo. Solo si te gusta la comida asiatica y la conoces bien.
Ruth
A nice enough restaurant guide, but it lacks the charm of Yoshinaga's "What did you eat yesterday?"
Matthew
This is a fairly light, fun Manga that focuses on a group of adults who are real foodies and spend most of their spare time exploring new eateries. Readers who really like food and like reading about it will probably love this, but others will probably find it boring since there's really no plot to speak of. Some good humorous moments, though, especially as the very different personalities of the characters tend to clash. Yoshinaga's artwork is fantastic, though. It's worth flipping through just ...more
Sarah Hayes
Not Love But . . . is about two things: people and food, and how they crossover. It's also apparently a well drawn sales plan by multiple Japanese restaurants to boost sales - or it could be, since Yoshinaga's characters go into constant sumptuous detail about each and every dish to the point that you're left salivating on the page. I mean, she made hot fried gizzards sound absolutely delicious. That is a skill if not a gift all together.

You can read my full review of this manga at my blog, Nag
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Vivi
Food and Fumi Yoshinaga... it works. Simply as that. You will know her from her other comic Antique bakery, also have been translated to english which is a borderline yaoi comic.

This comic is more a travel food guide in Tokyo, featuring foods from several restaurants even a bakery (complete with their address). Can't wait to try the places she recommended. like most of her work, it is well drawn, clean panels, and some laugh here and there. If you are a foodie and want a light reading to wet yo
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Sarah Brandel
This book made me want to want to go to Japan and eat at all of these restaurants RIGHT NOW. (I loved that it included maps showing where all the restaurants are, as well as the disclaimer that while the people/events aren't real--or are they?--the restaurants are all real.) This book is a torment to read if you're hungry. :-) I wish there'd been a bit more of a plot, but I did get a kick out of wondering how much of the descriptions and events in the book really applied to the author and her li ...more
Kristin Fletcher-spear
I so want to go to Tokyo and eat at these restaurants!

While it was not exactly what I was expecting--I was thinking it was going to be a story around food not a guide to restaurants--I still really enjoyed it. I think it is because I like Yoshinaga so much that to see a little glimpse of the manga artist's real life is fun, perhaps.

Good for my lunchtime reading, but won't read again until I go back to Japan. Then maybe I'll see if any of the restaurants are still around! :)
m_miriam
While the book is more of a collection of strips, rather than a cohesive narrative, I really enjoyed the entire work. I especially liked the author's notes on the restaurants featured and recommendations at the end of each chapter. It impressed me to notice how much Yoshinaga's drawings changed depending on a character's mood; these changes communicated a lot about how a character was feeling, how they are perceived by others, and how they present themselves to the world.
Estara
This is just what it says, Fumi Yoshinaga enjoying eating at various restaurants with friends and commenting on the food. Don't read this when you're hungry!

There is no real story progression so this is a great manga to dip into and relax with the slice of life. From what I understand the restaurants all existed when this book was released in Japan, but that was in 2005. It certainly would encourage me to try and find some of them if I ever went to Japan.
Zen Cho
Wah, this book made me so hungry! O_O

Enjoyed as much for the character interactions and insight into a mangaka's life as for the food pictures and descriptions. Bit silly of me because of course she would, but I was impressed by the fact that she maintained a whole emotional arc and everything alongside the episodic restaurant reviews. It was one of those accumulating plots -- you barely notice them happening, and then they build up to a climax. Neat trick.
Con Robinson
I just loved it. Two flies with one slap...
Hillary
No volume number anywhere, but it would be a shame if this was a one-shot! Y-naga is the ultimate foodie and all her friends know it! She loves going to restaurants and discovering a good eatery is her heaven! What really makes this a standout book is the descriptions of the various foods from bagels to French to desserts! If you wanna drool over foods you'll probably never eat give this a try- but don't say I didn't warn you!
Jo
A thinly veiled account of Fumi Yoshinaga's eating adventures in Tokyo, this book made me a)extremely hungry, b)inspired to try hunt up some of the places featured, and c)giggle a lot and want to press it on my friends. Maybe it's because I hang out with people who love eating and food with the same zeal shown by "Y-naga" but throughout this book I was continually reminded of past conversations and meals with friends.
Kate
Feb 04, 2011 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Unusual manga that unfolds a story of friends through restaurant visits by a foodie manga artist and company. Seems like there should be a sequel to complete the brewing love story. The detailed descriptions of the food from an assortment of real restaurants in Toky featuring an assortment of cuisines from around the world made me hungry for fancy food, but I'd still like to skip sea urchin.
Elsa
I really enjoy Fumi Yoshinaga's work (I've not read much of her hardcore yaoi stuff, though). The stories are funny, touching and not very sentimental. Try Flower of Life-it's brilliant! This one is just a hoot. If you love food, you'll love how eating is almost a sexual experience for this group of friends!
Erin Elizabeth
semi-autobiographical, mangaka obsessed with food. Her excitement about food made me excited about food, I would have gotten more out of it if I was more of a 'foodie', especially seafood. Did remind me how nice it is to enjoy good food with friends.
Kym
The discovery of food manga has made me a very happy person! This was a fun read with a lot of very good culinary/foodie tips! Story ends abruptly and I don't think there are plans for a continuation. But read for the food!
Louise
One of the selections for a Comics & Graphic Novels class. Loved it! But you MUST have a snack while reading, otherwise you'll be miserable reading about all of these yummy things....
Korynn
Like Oishinbo but by the wonderful Fumi Yoshinga who with depreciating humor pokes fun at her profession, life, and obsession with tasty tasty foods.
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“Y-naga: "That's the thing... It's like trying to find a guy who's a kid at heart but still a responsible adult, so he can be counted on when I find myself in a pinch, somebody who's a little wild at times but normally lets me have my way even when I'm being selfish and just says, "well, if you insist," a guy who's not too full of himself but understands what clothes suit his body type best..."
S-hara: "What I'm saying is the pretty ones are stupid! The ones who have it all together are all so, so stubborn that they never do things my way!”
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“Because the first time they met...
Y-da: "You know, Y-naga-san, the more makeup you put on, the more you look like a guy in drag. So I'm going to call you F-mio!"
Y-naga: "I-I like this person!"
The moment she fell in love.”
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