Oishinbo a la carte, Volume 2 - Sake
As part of the celebrations for its 100th anniversary, the publishers of the Tozai News have decided to commission the creation of the 'Ultimate Menu," a model meal embodying the pinnacle of Japanese cuisine. This all-important task has been entrusted to journalist Shiro Yamaoka, an inveterate cynic who possesses no initiative, but does have an incre...more
In saying that WOW...This manga was like reading a fun history guide to Sake in Japan. I've had a few sake over my life and I've felt they've always been a hit or miss...And now I'm starting to wonder if the ones that were terrible was due to incorrect practices or the way the sake was actually made.
Basically this volume centres around a banker who has refuse ...more
Sake, to be specific.
Of course, it's not all kanpai and jollity and hangovers. Nope, it wouldn't be Oishinbo without a tranche of self-loathing and operatic glari ...more
This book was much more technical than Volume 1. Parts were incredibly interesting - learning the different types of Sake and how WWII impacted Japan with its lack of rice and the "need" to still make Sake. The story also attacks the perception that French white wines are to be paired with fish and challenges the reader to try sake instead.
There was less ...more
Like the title says, Oishinbo: Sake is all about sake. Sake is actually a generic word for alcohol, what this book focuses on is mostly ...more
I also think that the two main characters the son (forgive me for not jumping up to grab the book to see his name) and father spend a lot of time yelling at each other.... and magically the son helps his friend stop being an alcoholic, but teac ...more
Volume 2 lacked the father/son narrative that was so strong in volume 1, and generally speaking was a bit more explanatory fiction with regard to its subject matter (sake) than it was narrative. I thought the stories in Volume 1 had the balance a little better.
That said, it's a really fun read, and I learned a number of things about sake that I didn't know previously. It's a great way to introduce the material in a way that is likel ...more
All trash talking of wine aside, ...more
It also has a chapter demolishing the fixation with the Beaujolais Nouveau release date ...more
Given this is a collection of stories from the past two decades I am unsure when the sake story was set. I'm now looking for something that explain the state of the industry to me. And perhaps serve as a guide to just some sake ...more
Still, it's a fun series (despite the shortcomings with the way it was collected) and ...more
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 ...more