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Kitchen Princess, Vol. 01 (Kitchen Princess #1)

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Najika is a great cook and likes to make meals for the people she loves. But something is missing from her life. When she was a child, she met a boy who touched her heart--and now Najika is determined to find him. The only clue she has is a silver spoon that leads her to the prestigious Seika Academy.

Attending Seika will be a challenge. Every kid at the school
Paperback, 187 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Del Rey (first published February 4th 2005)
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Lottie Eve
Nov 20, 2012 Lottie Eve rated it really liked it
This manga was so cute! I love how the manga includes cooking. I got this manga because the cover seemed so cute and the synopsis made the story seem pretty cute also. This manga just screams out cuteness! There are also recipes at the end of every volume of the foods that Najika makes!

I loved Najika! She reminded me a lot of Tohru Honda from the manga, Fruits Basket. She shares almost the exact same personality. She is sweet, always wants to help, selfless, and never gives up. She does have her
Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
Dec 28, 2016 Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment) by: Giselle Bradley
This contains an enjoyable protagonist (reminds me a bit of my cinnamon roll Tohru Honda), the story and writing flow smoothly, there's a love triangle that is already breaking my heart (and I normally dislike love triangles!), and I enjoyed reading this volume very much! I'm not down with the girl-hate bullying stuff, but that's a typical manga trope that will most likely be resolved and the current female antagonist will most likely become our protagonist's best friend, so I'll allow it for no ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, favorites
Kitchen Princess is about a girl named Najika who has an extremely positive an upbeat personality. She has been admitted at Seika Academy’s Special Class because she has a talent in cooking. Through various adventures and mishaps she struggles to find her way along with the help of Daichi and Sora Kitazawa.

I read this series on a whim; I was really into cooking at one point. It is cute and fun, just pure enjoyable reading. I was delighted to find out that there are even recipes for what she make
Aug 13, 2009 Emily rated it really liked it
I finally found a Manga series I like! Najika’s parents died when she was young, and she now lives at Lavender House, a home for orphans. Not long after their deaths, she was comforted by a boy who gave her flan. The spoon he left behind is the only clue she has to her “Flan Prince” but she is determined to find him and make him the best dessert in the world. She traces the spoon to Seika Academy in Tokyo, where she earns admittance in the 7th grade based on her enormous cooking talent. At the a ...more
When I first saw this, my expectations were:

After I read it, I was like:

Guys, this was actually pretty good! Maybe it's because I can connect so well with Najika that I enjoyed it so much! I want the best for everyone, but am not afraid to put someone in their place if they hurt someone, or myself. Najika spoke up and defended herself when she was bullied, and I approved!

If you enjoy Nanami Momozono's spunkiness from Kamisama Kiss, you will love Najika! Kitchen Princess is a cute manga, one that
Jul 11, 2013 مَريَّم rated it really liked it
انا احاول اتعلم مفردات انجليزيه اكثر، و احب الاشياء الي عن الأكل! XD و احب رسومات الحلويات، بغض النظر عن القصة انا قيمتها تقييم عالي حسب الفائدة الي استفدتها منها تعلمت اشياء جميله جداً و اسماء اطباق ما كنت أعرفها ، اهم شي اتعلمته انه الكريم كارميل لو زاد السكر فيه راح يصير غير قابل للتماسك، و كمان انه المفروض تكون النسب فيه كالاتي: 20%بيض،65حليب،و أخيراً 15%سكر، المانجا تذكر الوصفات كمان و هذا شي جميل في صفحه مخصصه للوصفه الي تكون محور الفصل،شي حلو كمان تعلمته ان الواحد ممكن يفقد القدرة على الت ...more
Feb 09, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it
Kitchen Princess has a romance plot that is similar to so many other romance manga that I won't even try to list them all. That's ok. What makes Kitchen Princess enjoyable is the execution. Najika is sweet, and I love her passion for cooking. (Isn't it nice to read a romance plot where the girl is passionate about more than just the boy in her life?) The romance is actually starting off slow in the first volume, and I really like when authors take their time developing relationships. The art is ...more
Theresa ♫
Nov 05, 2011 Theresa ♫ rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fellow humans in search for a romantic story including food.
I finished all 10 volumes of this series quite a while ago, and I totally loved it! :) 4 stars!

Basically, Kitchen Princess is about a girl named Najika who is admitted into Seika Academy's Special class because of her excellent talent of cooking. During her time at Seika Academy, she meets Daichi and Sora Kitazawa, and her adventures start from there.

Kitchen Princess was a cute story with the plot that had to do with romance and food. :) I can't spoil too much, but Kitchen Princess included roma
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
The art really irritates me, maybe it's because I've read other manga - not so great - with a similar kind of art where the plotlines were irritating. I don't usually like my characters young and fourteen. With the exception of Fly High! (Which I really loved. Kitchen Princess has a similar feel actually). But there is something familiar and sweet about this. I like that there is some tragedy, and that the relationships are deep. I like the protag, she's happy and not pathetically sweet. She's l ...more
Oct 10, 2014 Jerry rated it it was amazing
This is the first non-fantasy manga I've read...but it was great! Like a Disney Channel Original Movie, this first volume featured a likable heroine, a cute story, a dash of romance, and plenty of fun! I look forward to reading more like this!
Jan 02, 2010 Britt rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Fluffy shoujo! The main character is the orphan of two pastry chefs. When she discovered her parents were gone, she wandered crying until a young boy gave her some flan and told her to smile every time she ate something good. Over the years in her orphanage, Najika perfects her baking/cooking skills partly to pay homage to her parents, and partly due to the love of food this boy inspired in her. The manga opens with Najika preparing to leave for a prestigious academy. The spoon left in the flan ...more
Apr 20, 2013 Genesis rated it it was amazing
This was just TOO adorable. It's so cute! A story of a girl dreaming to find her prince. I fell in love with Najika's personality! She's so determined, confident, and smart. I feel that we could be good friends. I wish I had the chance to meet her. She may be challenged, but she won't give up with the help of two handsome boys. Sora and Daichi made me melt with Sora's talent with the piano & Daichi's talent at basketball. I'm a sucker for an athletic boy!!!!!!! I do have a feeling of who mig ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Jul 17, 2012 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-manhwa
This manga is really cute. I mean this within the context of shoujo manga, which can be really sugar sweet. Still, I don't think it's disgustingly saccharine.

The heroine Najika is one of the most upbeat, optimistic characters I've ever encountered. She is not however endless perk in the face of everything. You have moments where you can see how hard it sometimes is for her to put on a brave face. These moments show how strong she is.

The romance elements are kind of cute and kind of obnoxious wit
May 25, 2009 Victoria rated it really liked it
This will be my review for the entire Kitchen Princess series.

Yes, it's girly. Yes, it's pretty shallow. But I like it. It's a fun, light manga series that just puts you in a better mood when you want something cute, funny, and predictable. It's pretty much a classic shojo.

Najika loves to cook. She enjoys creating new combinations of ingredients, experimenting with variations on classic dishes, and watching the reactions of people to eating her cooking. In fact, she even has an almost unbelievab
Jul 05, 2011 Tarran rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant series. The characters have so much depth to them and life. The recipes that are talked about in the manga are given to you at the end of the book. Heartfelt and nearly made me cry in parts.The artwork is gorgeous and I really love this managa. Definatly a series to look out for!

Najika is a great cook and likes to make meals for the people she loves. But something is missing from her life. When she was a child, she met a boy who touched her heart–and now Najika is determined
Jan 02, 2012 Enni rated it it was amazing
Completed this series. Very cute and adorable manga. I love the drawings and the storyline. One of fav. I love the food drawings especially and the recipes at the back of every manga so you can try and make what they made in the story. I loved the ending, it was good. I liked all the characters. A light and easy flowing story. Its just enjoyable. Nothing complicated and needed to be serious with. I read too much haha way too much so when I come across a light easy going story its nice. Oh and ea ...more
Sep 06, 2011 Viktoria rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it, manga
Like it! The main character is a strong orphan girl, who was brave to leave her hometown to reach her goal. The fact that her parents died and she's poor, doesn't make her give up.

Although she isn't liked by other students at her new school—who are actually jealous of her abilities (her sense of smell is very sharp and able to know the ingredients of dishes just by tasting them)—she doesn't give up. Well, strong girl right?

Oh yeah—this manga series could be one of your references for cooking 'ca
This is one of those manga you look at and go, "Did they seriously make a manga about a girl cooking?"

Well, I saw it and said the same thing, then bought it. XD

It follows the typical shoujo mold. Girl in love with two guys (who happen to be brothers and complete opposites!), girl gets enemies because both boys show interest in girl, girl eventually becomes friends with enemies because she understands them, etc.

It's so typical, but it's just so cute. And besides, it has very yummy looking food. P
Kayla Eklund
Jun 13, 2014 Kayla Eklund rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Kitchen Princess. It had been on my wishlist for quite some time. I finally ordered it from the library, and I'm glad I did. It exceeded my expectations. Poor Najika. I feel so bad for her. The rest of the girls in her class were awful to her. I can't wait to pick up volume two, and see where things go from here.
Jenni Joru
Keittiöprinsessan orpo päähenkilö Najika pystyy maistamalla erottamaan ruoan kaikki makuvivahteet ja päättelemään sen ainesosat - se on hänen erityislahjakkuutensa, jonka avulla hän pääsee maineikkaan kokkikoulun erikoisluokalle.

Hirveän söpö manga, jossa laitetaan paljon ruokia: vanukkaita, kermakakkuja, yms. Päähenkilö on hyvin puhtoinen: kiltti ja sydämellinen tyyppi.

Sep 20, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Kitchen Princess
Natsumi Ando

Najika is looking
for the boy who
touched her heart.

Her only clue-
a silver spoon
Seika Academy.


Reetta Saine
Jul 24, 2011 Reetta Saine rated it liked it
Shelves: kakrut, sarjis
Herttainen alku sarjalle, jonka juoni ei vaadi montaa aivosolua. Kohderyhmän arvio: "Ne reseptit oli NIIIIIN ihania." Vanukas ilman prinssiäkin kelpaisi :).
Aug 23, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
I loved this manga. It was a really quick read :)
Jul 05, 2015 desAlien rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
This is such a sweet story!
Naomi Brown
Oct 22, 2015 Naomi Brown rated it really liked it
Really good and clean!
Becky's Clean Reading
Feb 11, 2017 Becky's Clean Reading rated it it was amazing
Read digitally. Super cute story about a girl about 13 who is super talented at cooking, is quite cheerful and is seeking out her "flan prince". The girl is likeable, story is clean, love it!
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Good start. Cute volume.
Jan 02, 2013 Artemis rated it it was amazing
This is a manga series cute enough to eat, like a creamy Ricotta cheesecake. It is the sweetest, snuggliest, loveliest, most delicious shoujo manga I've ever read - purely to be read to take the place of eating comfort food. By the moon and the stars I feel stupid just typing up those words, but I can't think of a more fitting description of 'Kitchen Princess', even if each chapter of all 10 volumes really did offer up a dessert - like a strawberry truffle or a creme caramel. The artwork fits th ...more
Maria Shuffit
Nov 30, 2014 Maria Shuffit rated it it was amazing
I first picked up this series back when Borders (RIP) was closing and they had the full set for only a dollar per a volume. I thought I'd grab it up and just resell it for some extra cash, but figured I'd give it a read before I listed it for sale.

That was a few years ago now, and here I am, rereading Kitchen Princess, the cutesy shojo series that took me completely by surprise.

On the surface, there doesn't appear to be anything particularly outstanding about this shojo. Like most in its genre,
Apr 24, 2012 Emma rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, manga
I put off reading this series for a long time. I mean, c'mon, 'Kitchen Princess'?! It sounded so stupid and cheesy! And, really, it IS stupid and cheesy. It's more like Kitchen Sorceress. It's about a girl named Najika Kazami, who's parents both died in an accident. (See my 'Cardcaptor Sakura' review for my rant on missing parents in manga.) She was then placed in an orphanage for children who had lost both their parents in tragic accidents. Devastated and depressed, she is wandering by a nearby ...more
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安藤なつみ, Andō Natsumi is a Japanese manga artist. She is best known for Zodiac P.I. as well as Kitchen Princess, for which she won the Kodansha Manga Award for children's manga in 2006.

Favorites: Donald Duck
Favourite manga: Ossu! Ichijin and Kimagure Orange Road
Favourites: meats and fruits
Hobbies: shopping, reading and watching TV
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