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Oishinbo a la carte, Volume 1 - Japanese Cuisine by Tetsu Kariya
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Mar 08, 10

bookshelves: manga
Recommended to Danielle by: Lydia
Read from March 03 to 05, 2010

This manga is an awesome way to learn about Japanese cooking, their values and sensibilities; especially if you're a cooking plebeian but want to be culturally aware and sensitive. This is despite the facts that the art isn't as appealing as many I've read, the story around the father/son's relationship isn't that interesting and you have to deal with a certain amount of superiority around Japanese cooking as compared to other culture's cooking. I find the latter the easiest to overlook, because I feel like it's coming from a certain defensiveness based on people of other cultures treating Japanese food with less respect than they could. Kariya clearly loves Japanese food, and it comes through in a positive way, making the reader feel that their time spent learning this subject is definitely worthwhile.

Not to mention that reading manga may be one of the only ways to force me to learn about cooking of any sort...
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Lydia Presley Yeah the stories get kind of old after a while, but the education in these books is astounding.I had so much fun reading it for the learning alone!

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