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Oishinbo a la carte, Volume 4 - Fish, Sushi and Sashimi

(Oishinbo #4)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  629 ratings  ·  81 reviews
R to L (Japanese Style). Fish, Sushi and Sashimi Yamaoka and his father, Kaibara Y zan, have never enjoyed an ideal father-son relationship. In fact, it's about as far from ideal as possible, and when they start arguing about food--which they inevitably do--the sparks really fly. In this volume of Oishinbo the subject of dispute is fish, starting with the question of w ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by VIZ Media LLC (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: culinary, graphic
This wasn't my favorite of the series.

From a culinary point of view it was a bit dull, since I don't have any of these fishes available and wouldn't go through the hours of prep they describe.

Also, there is a section on Ikezukuri (cutting flesh from still-living fish), a practice which is revolting to me on a moral level.

Not recommended for vegetarians.

However, there was a section I really liked:
The nigiri-zushi of the kohada's shinko seems unsophisticated, but actually, it's something creat
Dec 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: food, comics
One of the more informative and more interesting volumes. The Japanese really are quite passionate about their seafood. To me, the most interesting thing was learning that there's apparently a taste difference between right eye flounder and left eye flounder. There is some of that father-son rivalry that I don't particularly care for, but at least it was used sparingly. I guess it wouldn't bother me so much if the father didn't come off as such an incredible ass, and I really can't see why anybo ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, fiction, comix, food, japan
I'll overlook the occasional pedantic bits and award this five stars for entertaining characters (Yūzan Kaibara is THE WORST) and its clever use of food as a lens for understanding broader Japanese culture and society. ...more
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, educational
After the 3rd volume this one is slightly more informative especially with all the different breeds of fish and how you prepare them for a meal..What you do and what you don't do. One of the chapters goes big into eating raw fish and how bad/dangerous it can actually be. It gets into the nitty gritty about flukes, tapeworm,etc. Actually, it made my eyes expand in shock and made my tummy flip uncomfortably thinking of the dangers of raw fish.

Like I've nearly said for every review there is always
Peter Derk
I've been looking for some manga that would be great for folks who haven't found a good entry point into the format. And I think this might be it.

Feel free to start with this volume. I did, and here's what you need to know:
There is a competition to create the perfect Japanese meal from which recipes and dishes will be passed down through generations. There are two main chefs involved in the contest. Really, that's about it, and most of that you can pick up in context.

It's a great food book. It g
Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it
A fun and informative tour of Japanese cuisine. In this volume our hero Yamaoka searches far and wide to find to find the very best seafood. I only wish these books came with all the food! I all sounded so yummy. It did make me thing about the increasing scarcity of certain types of fish, as the characters often note how certain species were once much more plentiful. Also the predictable format of each chapter can get rather tiring if you read it all in quick succession.

If you liked this, make
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I never knew, or thought I would read, this much about the differences in sushi and sashimi.

Oishinbo manages to strike a fine balance between informative information about Japanese food and culture, as well as fictional story that has characters often ridiculous enough to offset the rather basic story concept.

I really enjoyed reading about the lazy but kind hearted main character, putting food elitist in their place, and finding interesting ways food is served.

I would suggest finding one of t
Alex Lawless
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was pretty good! The review I'd give it is honestly very similar to the review I gave the other volumes. It's a smaller, themed collection of stories (this one about fish, sushi, and sashimi), edited for English, taken out of the context of a much longer-running manga. While this one was interesting, I found it could feel a little overly technical at times. There are a lot of descriptions about the proper way to slice and prepare fish for sushi and in general, it can get a little taxing at ...more
Leslie Ann
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fabulous. The stories and art of this manga are fun, but the skill described in making some of these dishes is awe-inspiring.

Some quotes:
The main reason for eating is to provide nutrition for your body and spirit. Going through an adventure just for the gourmet aspect of it goes against that.

That's the meaning of cooking. You don't just eat the ingredients - you create a wonderful dish out of something that doesn't taste good on its own. That isn't playing around with food. It's a true culture
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, food, manga
I'm continuing to enjoy the Oishinibo series, and this book tackled a few of my favorite areas of Japanese cuisine, all revolving around fish. Also, there were several episodes involving Yamaoka's father, which are my favorites.

I still have a little bit of frustration that the plot and characters change so much between episodes since these a la carte volumes are only snapshot episodes, but nonetheless they are enjoyable.
I love this series and I always learn so much when I read them. I fins myself wanting to try things like sea urchins and fish heads because they make everything sound so mouth-watering. I wish Kaibara would be less of an asshole to his son, though. Parents should know better than that.
Alyson Fortowsky
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
More repetitive than the others in this series. My favourites are The Joy of Rice, Japanese Food and Ramen and Gyoza. Full disclosure, though: I don't eat fish, so that may have affected my interest level in this one. ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: with-the-sea
Super interesting and informative, learned a lot about Japanese fish!
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Informative and interesting. A more mellow volume than the previous but full of fun anecdotes and technique. Looking forward to the next!
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, jrp2019, manga
Highly entertaining as well as informative. Made me REALLY want sushi, though.
Nguyen Ta
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It really interesting.
Sanford Chee
Jan 12, 2021 is currently reading it
Fun manga, and you learn about sashimi and Japanese cooking too.

Dedicated Youtube channel:

Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun installment in the series, though there were definite jumps in time regrind the "action". Loved learning more about my favorite part of Japanese cuisine. ...more
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
You have to give this manga credit for having one of the most oddly specific and fussy of plot devices ever conceived. A food critic has the job of designing the ultimate menu for Japanese cuisine of all time. Each episode involves the hero, a too cool for school guy in a black suit and tie, solve some dilemma with his knowledge of gourmet sushi, and then they eat. That's it. Repeat.

The caste of characters centers mainly on the hero gourmand Yamaoka, his plucky but demure girlfriend, and his tou
Oishinbo Volume 4 mostly consists of Yamaoka upsetting various authority figures with the knowledge that they’re dilettantes when it comes to sourcing and preparing fresh fish. I continue to be impressed by the particularity of Japanese cuisine regarding fish, despite already having had some damn good omakase meals. For example, I had no idea about the apparently different flavor and texture of "right-eyed" versus "left-eyed" flounder and how "baby" versions of certain fishes are particularly pr ...more

I'm so happy with this volume and I'm beyond excited to read the other ones. Basically reading them out of order in a whim but it doesn't matter much because they're selections from the original issues into volumes that focus on an aspect of Japanese cuisine. Even without the characters and the story, I'd be delighted to read these. Food! And recipes included at the front and notes for further explanation (definitions, geography, etc.) at the back. You can eat what you're reading
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Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: peter
This is the best!

If you're a fan of Food Network, you have to read this!

Combine the best parts of food shows, true deep food knowledge, with a little bit of that medical drama mystery-solving, and you've got Oishinbo.

The story is simple: Two newspapers are competing to create the ultimate Japanese menu. Which foods, and which versions of those foods, belong? Which foods best represent Japanese culture? Where do the historical and the current trends find a middleground?

The best part, they even
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I bought this to include in my classroom library (I am a Spanish teacher). I enjoyed reading this manga about a rivalry between father and son with exquisite palates. Shiro Yamaoka and his... girlfriend? coworker?... Yuko find themselves in some sort of trouble each chapter that can only be solved by their thorough knowledge of Japanese cuisine and their highly refined sense of taste. Occasional face-off with the domineering father who disparages what he considers to be his son´s inferior talent ...more
Jan 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
If you've ever wanted to read sixty pages or so with two characters debating the rightness of serving salmon uncooked while everybody else in the room makes periodic emotional outbursts, have I got a comic book for you!

There are plenty of other great stories in this volume of selected episodes from the long-running manga, all of them centered in some way around fish. And though the chapters are cherry-picked out of sequence, the compilation does a good job of giving readers a sense of the relati
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Educational and entertaining"

Another nice addition to the series of Oishinbo. With the main focus of sushi and sashimi, we get to appreciate the Japanese passion with the eating of raw fish. One surprise is that we get to learn a few important things about sashimi, that not only the same type of fish could have different taste depending on the habitat and season, preparation technique in terms of hygiene and food safety has to be taken into account. For example, fresh salmon may not be as safe
Aug 03, 2009 rated it liked it
These comics are supposed to show a true expertise in Japanese cuisine. I've only read this one book out of the series and was not impressed by the characters. The attitudes are a bit grating. The facts that I learned about fish are quite interesting, but I'm not about to go researching which river a particular fish is caught in before I buy it. I might not be induced to pick fish out of a tank at a restaurant knowing that they spent their last days in an abusive environment rather than being ca ...more
Lydia Presley
Feb 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, foodie, manga
I really enjoyed this volume. Not quite as much as the first, but it still was very, very fun.

There were a few stories that were.. quite dorky but it worked because of the lessons being taught about the food. I've learned so much about raw fish I feel like my head is going to explode!

The salmon story at the end really had me going and now.. well, you'll have to read it yourself to understand.

I'm about halfway through this series now and I've learned that it is much better "digested" if you break
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: oishinbo
I don't think I'll ever been able to eat sushi, sushimi but fish that's cooked maybe. I'm just so terrified of raw fish. Which is a good reason to try it right. I don't know..the discription of a man dieing from parasites isn't encouraging! I still love these books and I have so much respect for the authors. There's a lot to get into almost 300pages, to another culture so they'll feel encouraged to try it for themself. I think it gives plenty of info and the stories are funny at least to me. My ...more
Beck Frost
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Once again, I love it when they follow Kurito Yuko. She is fun to follow with her logic and the way she is starting to work people to make them think they are making decisions of their own when she can clearly craft. Ending seemed a bit rushed with the wedding banquet was like there was a whole chapter missing or something. The book before this one is still my favorite, but this one became a close second. The drama of the first couple of books have calmed down a bit by now and ...more
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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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